April 2015

Hope

This issue will look at how we respond to seemingly hopeless situations with the confidence of children of God.

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5 Ways To Spread Hope

by Karen M. Leet

 

Because we know that God loves us, we have hope even when terrible things are happening. Here are a few ideas for spreading hope to others: more

04/01/2015 at 01:20 pm

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Easter: The Light of the World

One: Jesus came and walked among us

All: And told us about God’s great love for us.

One: Jesus came and walked among us

All: And taught and healed.

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03/31/2015 at 01:30 pm

Where in God’s World is Poland?

Fascinating Facts about Poland

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This central European country is home to about 38 million people.

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03/31/2015 at 01:19 pm

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About This Issue

April 2015—Hope                                                                                               

Economic turmoil, terrorism, war, natural disasters—as we are inundated with these and other accounts and images of suffering, it is easy to feel despair. Yet the message of Easter, of the Resurrection, is hope! Our faith in God and our decision to follow the risen Christ call us to live with hope. And it is out of hope that we are able to respond to the needs of our neighbors—next door and around the world. This issue looks at how the good news of Jesus’ resurrection turns our eyes from despair to hope and how we can respond to seemingly hopeless situations with the confidence of children of God.

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03/31/2015 at 01:17 pm

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A Lenten Litany

Leader:

Lent is a special time for prayer, for reading our Bibles, and for looking at our lives to see if there is anything we do that is not pleasing to God. So let us tell God about the things that we need God to forgive us for.

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O God, we confess that sometimes we have let other things be more important than you are to us. Forgive us, God. more

02/27/2015 at 02:48 pm

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Fascinating Facts about Israel

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This country on the Mediterranean Sea is slightly larger than New Jersey. Though it’s a small country, Israel includes everything from mountains to desert to beaches.

Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, is considered holy by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. more

02/27/2015 at 02:48 pm

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Using March 2015 in Groups

Though Pockets is primarily a resource for children’s personal use, the magazine can be used in groups as supplemental Sunday-school material or with weeknight groups or Pockets clubs. Here are suggestions for using the March issue, on the theme Prayer in weekly segments. more

02/27/2015 at 02:47 pm

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The List: 7 Ways to Listen to God

by Karen M. Leet

How do you spend your prayer time? Talking to God about what’s going on in your life and what you’re feeling? Asking for help for yourself and your friends and family? Awesome! God wants to hear from us about all those things. But sometimes we forget that prayer also means learning to listen to God. God doesn’t usually shout at us, though. Here are some ways we might learn to listen to God. more

02/27/2015 at 02:41 pm

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About the March 2015 issue

March 2015—Prayer

“I don’t know how to talk to God.” “How do I know God is listening?” “Why doesn’t God speak to me?” As we receive these and other comments and questions from children, we are reminded that they are serious about prayer. They want to know how to have conversation with God. We do not want to prescribe a “right way” to pray but rather to help them realize there are many avenues of prayer in which to pursue their relationship with God. We want children to understand that God can be a part of every moment of every day. Quiet time, journaling, breath prayers, music, movement, the beauty of creation, everything and everyone they encounter in a day can point to God. We want this issue to help children come to the understanding that living each day can draw them close to God. more

02/27/2015 at 02:38 pm

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About the January/February 2015 issue

January/February 2015—Being Yourself                                                 

 

Each of us is created in God’s image and dearly loved by our Creator. Because of this, each of us is of infinite value and worth. We want this issue to help children experience this sense of belovedness and uniqueness. Grounded in this experience, we are more able to be ourselves, to withstand those influences that tempt us to imitate others or feel that we’re not “good enough,” to accept who we are, and to make peace with our weaknesses and celebrate our strengths. And it is as we come to understand our own belovedness that we are more able to value and respect the worth and uniqueness of those around us.

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