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Welcome to the Real World

When Dorothy arrives in the Land of Oz, she looks around and tells her dog, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” You may feel like Dorothy as you realize children are growing up in a different world than you did!

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Free Devotions in the Digital Library

Looking for free devotional resources to challenge your mind and inspire your heart? Check out these devotions by CRC authors in the new CRC Digital Library

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Praying With Children

Are you looking for some ways to encourage the kids in your group to talk and listen to God? If so, check out these suggestions for teaching children about prayer. 

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How DWELL Leaders Can Utilize the CRCNA Digital Library

For the past 3 years, I’ve been a coteacher of DWELL Marvel at my church. I am excited about the new CRCNA Digital Library because it’s going to make preparing and teaching easier for me!

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Seeking God’s Face at Synod

You are invited to use Seeking God’s Face to pray for and along with the delegates by downloading a free synod sampler of this devotional book. 

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Lift Up Your Hearts: More Than Just a Songbook

The new CRC hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts is more than just a songbook. Did you know that, in addition to songs, the hymnal also includes readings, Scripture, and prayers?

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Shaped by God

In Shaped by God, twelve experts share their perspectives on faith formation at home, in worship, in education, in intergenerational contexts, in people with developmental disabilities, and more.

Faith Nurture
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The Elder's Handbook

Whether you're a first-timer or have years of experience, The Elder's Handbook will help you carry out your ministry with compassion, grace, and effectiveness.

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The Deacon's Handbook

Whether you're a seasoned deacon or someone who's new to church leadership, this handbook will help you perform your duties with efficiency and compassion in a way that shows the love of God to those around you.

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