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DWELLING  |  October 2020

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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How to Help Families Grow in Gratitude at Thanksgiving (and Beyond!)

It’s beginning to look a lot like (Canadian) Thanksgiving where I live. The color of the leaves is changing, there’s frost on the ground most mornings, and the local market is stocked with freshly picked apples. In the midst of the pandemic, where each day seems to blend into the next, I’m grateful for these visual reminders that along with the changing seasons, the whole world is in God’s hands.

“As Christ-followers, we don’t just practice gratitude because it’s good for our health (although it is!), or only when things go smoothly. Our gratitude flows from an awareness that, regardless of our circumstance, God loves us and is with us.” (5 Ways to Grow Grateful Kids)

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5 Ways to Grow Grateful Kids

Gratitude is our response of thankfulness for God’s goodness, love, provision, and grace.

As Christ-followers, we don’t just practice gratitude because it’s good for our health (although it is!), or only when things go smoothly. Our gratitude flows from an awareness that, regardless of our circumstance, God loves us and is with us. Here are five tips for cultivating grateful living with your family.

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Dwell Story Reflections: Jesus and a Thankful Man

The story of Jesus and a thankful man is one of my favorites, as it's so interesting and unique. It appears only in Luke, at the end of a string of passages that emphasize the demanding reality of life as a disciple of Jesus.

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Guide for Adapting Any DWELL Session

Use this free guide to easily adapt any Dwell session into a simplified outline which Dwell leaders can use with children in-person or virtually or parents could use at home.

This guide includes four simple steps—breathe, read and wonder, pray, and respond—to help you simplify any Dwell session into something anyone can lead with little advanced preparation.

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Dear Family Letters Now on DWELL Digital

You can now access all of the Dear Family letters on Dwell Digital. This feature is included in the free part of Dwell Digital so you do not need a subscription to access it. Simply go to the first session in a unit and click on "Dear Family Letter" in the sidebar to open the letter. You can then copy the text of the letter and email it to parents, or send them a link to that session, prompting them to click on "Dear Family Letter” in the sidebar. You can also access an electronic version of each Dear Family letter on Dwell’s Leader Support page in the Downloads section.

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