A Leader’s Guide to DWELL Flex: Everything You Need to Prepare and Lead a Session

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Launched earlier this month, Dwell Flex is a new multi-age, multi-setting version of Dwell. These simple sessions (sample here) are built to meet the specific needs of churches this fall. This post and attached video include some important details leaders will want to keep in mind as they begin using this resource.

Each session includes four simple steps: Breathe, Tell and Wonder, Pray, and Respond:

Breathe

This is a chance for your group to prepare your hearts to hear God’s story. Use the simple prompt to focus your attention on God during this time.

Tell and Wonder

During this step you’ll share a part of God’s Big Story. You’ll need a copy of the story script, located at the end of the session, and the corresponding story symbol. The symbols can be downloaded from the Leader Support page under “Downloads by Level.” Easily locate the symbol for your session by finding the page number that matches your session number.

If your group is mostly older elementary children, you may want to read the story directly out of the Bible. Make sure you have enough Bibles for everyone in your group, and then flip to the story together so that children can follow along as you read. Be sure to pause to allow time to wonder throughout. You can use the wondering questions from the story script in the session or brainstorm your own.

Pray

This is a time to thank God for the story you’ve heard, asking that the story impact your lives in some way. Simple prayer suggestions are included in this step, or you can view our 5 Ways to Pray with Kids resource for additional ideas.

Respond

This is a chance for your group to respond to the story you’ve heard. There are a variety of ways to respond to God’s Big Story through praise, wonder, retelling, or continued prayer. It will be helpful to have a set of God’s Big Story cards for this step, but you can also use the suggestions in our 5 Ways to Retell a Bible Story with Kids resource.

Easy Extra

After the Respond step, you’ll see an Easy Extra suggestion. These are simple activities that you can include if you have additional time. Occasionally these suggestions include a link to a printable page that you will need to lead the activity. If you have a login to Dwell Digital, simply click on the link to access the printable. If you do not have a login to Dwell Digital, you’ll need to get the printable pages from your Dwell coordinator, or request that she add you to your church’s Dwell Digital account.

Minimal preparation is necessary to lead a session of Dwell Flex, but we would recommend you do the following if you have time:

  • Read through the story at least once. This will allow you to tell the story in a much more meaningful way for your group.
  • Print the story symbol and other printables (if there are any in the Easy Extra).
  • Read through the activities on the God Big’s Story card, noting which activities you’ll use in your Respond time.
  • Gather any additional supplies you’ll need for the optional Easy Extra activity.

You can find the full list of stories included in Dwell Flex on our Welcome to Dwell Flex page. Starting with Jesus’ birth, the sessions move through the New Testament in a rough chronological order, but as each session is stand-alone, you can use them in whatever order works for your unique situation. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or need anything at all as you begin using these new materials. You can connect with us on our Facebook page or group, or by emailing [email protected].

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