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DWELLING  |  September 2019

Dwelling is an e-newsletter created for children’s ministry coordinators, leaders, and teachers like you! You have the amazing privilege of nurturing kids’ faith and showing them what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This e-newsletter gives you the resources to do just that: helpful articles, creative tips, and more.

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Connected to Dwell? Join the NEW Dwell Leaders Facebook Group!

Are you a Dwell coordinator or teacher? Our NEW Dwell leaders Facebook group is for you! The Dwell leaders group is a place where teachers and coordinators can connect with one another, share ideas and resources, ask questions, and suggest ideas for improvement.

Children’s ministry can be lonely. The Dwell leaders Facebook group is a place to come together and share our experiences and insight—to learn and grow from one another as we journey through another year of Dwell. As the author of Hebrews exhorts: 

“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together . . . but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Heb.10:24-25, ESV)

In the past month, we’ve encouraged one another with:

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Church, Your Families Need Help (And Adding More Programs Isn’t the Answer)

Recently I facilitated a workshop on family faith formation for a group of parents whose children ranged in age from newborns through young adults. We began with a reading of Deuteronomy 6:5-9—our call from God to form the faith of our children: 

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Planting Seeds of Faith: Families First

Where are the seeds of faith first planted by the Holy Spirit? Within the family! Children first learn what it means to be a child of God by being part of a faith-filled family. That’s according to God’s plan—just read God’s instruction to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6:6-7: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”   

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Five Ways Dwell 's Story Symbols Can Help You Tell God's Story

Images are the simplest and most effective way to make sure that information is stored as a long-term memory. As per Dr. Lynell Burmark, an education consultant, our short term memory processes words and can only retain about seven bits of information. In contrast, images are directly processed by our long-term memory, where they get indelibly etched.

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Dwell Digital provides flexibility for your church. With a subscription to Dwell Digital, your teachers will have access to all leader materials on any device at any time. So if you're sick and need a sub, lost your leader guide, or team-teach each week, Dwell Digital makes planning and preparing much easier. 

You can add Dwell Digital at any point throughout the year so it’s not too late to add this helpful feature. Want to try it out first? You can experience Dwell Digital by exploring the free portion of the new site. Ready to get started? Call 800-333-8300 to get a Dwell Digital subscription for your church.

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