August 2014

Worried?

While the nature of this theme suggests a serious approach, we also hope some stories will take a more light-hearted tone.

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August 2014—Worried?   

War, disease, terrorism, school bullies, catastrophic storms, random violence—the list of frightening possibilities in our world goes on and on. How can anyone escape fear and worry? Whether those emotions are caused by events in the news or events in their own homes, we want children to understand that while worry and fear are perfectly normal responses they don’t have to overwhelm us. This issue poses a central question: How do we live with confidence as children of God in an often-frightening world? more

08/04/2014 at 09:20 am

Using Pockets 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 August issue, on the theme of Worry, in weekly segments.

 

Week One:

Read: In God’s Hands (pages 2-4)

Discuss: What helps you remember to trust God when you’re in a scary situation? Do you think a signal like Meagan and her mom had would help you?

Pray: Communities recovering from disasters

Do: Read about the contest on page 24 and work on your entries.

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08/04/2014 at 09:20 am

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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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The List

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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Family–Working Together

 Read 1 Corinthians 12:24b-31.

One: Our bodies have many different parts.

All: God made us that way.

One: Even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. more

05/01/2014 at 02:45 am

Where in God’s World?

cayman-island-flagFascinating Facts about the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are located in the Caribbean Sea. This British territory is made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. The capital city, George Town, was named after King George III of England. more

05/01/2014 at 02:15 am

Where in God’s World?

Fascinating facts about Singapore

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This Asian country is an island and a city, as well as one of the smallest countries in the world. It includes one main island. There are also 63 tiny islands, but most of them don’t have any people on them.

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03/31/2014 at 10:08 am

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