October 2014

Using Our Gifts

We hope this issue will help children to recognize the gifts God has given them and see how those gifts might be used to help others.

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October 2014—Using our Gifts

Some people’s gifts are obvious. They are blessed with amazing talents in music or art or athletics and use those gifts in a way that inspires admiration from many. Other people’s gifts go largely unnoticed. But we all have gifts, as Paul’s letter to the Romans reminds us (Rom. 12:6-8). Whether our gifts are obvious to all or waiting to be discovered (even by us), the important thing is to use the gifts we have been given. Each of us is called to offer our own unique gifts and talents for building up the community of Christ. We hope this issue will help children to recognize the gifts God and given them and see how those gifts might be used to help others.

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09/30/2014 at 02:17 pm

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7 Ways to Discover Your Gifts

by Karen Leet

 

Do you have gifts? Yes! God created us and gave each of us special gifts. Not sure yet what your gifts are? Here are some ways to begin discovering them. more

09/30/2014 at 02:17 pm

Using October 2014 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 October issue, on the theme of using our gifts, in weekly segments.

 

Week One:

Read: Croaking Bullfrog, Honking Goose (pages 2-4)

Discuss: Have you ever been jealous of a friend’s talent? What helped you deal with that? How do you and your friends encourage one another to use your talents? more

09/30/2014 at 02:16 pm

Using September 2014 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 September issue, on the theme of the blessings of change, in weekly segments.

 

Week One:

Read: The Dog I Didn’t Want (pages 2-4)

Discuss: What’s a hard change that you’ve had to go through? What helped you get through it?

Pray: For kids dealing with chronic medical conditions

Do: Look up and discuss scriptures that can help us when we’re going through hard changes.

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08/29/2014 at 12:21 pm

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About This Issue

September 2014—Change                                                                                       

Change is unsettling. Moving means getting used to a new home and leaving friends and neighbors behind. Going to a new school requires learning new rules and new surroundings and finding new friends. A new person coming into a family shifts our roles and responsibilities. Even when we think we’re prepared for it, change is hard. But over time, we often discover blessings from change. The new house has advantages the old one didn’t. The new school has great activities, and we find a wonderful friend. The new person in the family adds something we didn’t know we were missing. We want this issue to help children draw on the experience of past changes to face new ones. We hope to encourage them to begin a lifelong habit of focusing on the blessings of change.

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08/29/2014 at 12:19 pm

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5 Ways To Beat Worry

by Karen Leet

 

Are you a worrier? Sometimes it seems like there’s just so much in our world to worry about, but you can use these tips to get rid of those worries. more

08/01/2014 at 01:15 am

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So Much To Be Happy About

Read Psalm 97:1-2, 9-12

One: Lord, you created us.

All: And you want us to be happy.

One: Things happen sometimes that make us sad or upset.

All: But you have blessed us so much, and there is so much to be happy about, also: more

07/01/2014 at 06:00 am

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7 Signs It’s Not Funny…

 

Everyone likes to laugh, but not all laughter is the same. Sometimes we’re surrounded by so much mean-spirited “humor” that we don’t stop to think about the ways we joke around. Here are some signs that the “hilarious” thing you wanted to say is not so funny after all.

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07/01/2014 at 01:45 am

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We Are the Light of the World

Let someone read these words from Matthew 5:14, 16:

You are the light of the world. … Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Leader: Jesus said that when we follow his teachings we are the light of the world. more

05/31/2014 at 01:31 pm

Where in God’s World?

Fascinating Facts about Finland

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Finland is the farthest northern country in Europe. During the Ice Age it was covered with glaciers. The glaciers created many of the lakes, islands, and other geographic features of the country.

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05/30/2014 at 01:32 pm

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