July 2014


This issue should help children to see the humor in the world around them and to enjoy it as one of God’s great gifts to us.

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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

Using July 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 July issue, on the theme of summer fun, in weekly segments.


Week One:

Read: It’s Not Fair (pages 2-4)

Discuss: Have you ever had your plans change in a really disappointing way? What happened? How did you respond? Were you able to find something positive in the situation?

Pray: For people who are sick or injured

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


07/01/2014 at 02:30 am

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About This Issue-July

July 2014—Summer Fun

We really hope that every issue of Pockets is fun for the children who read it, but occasionally we plan an issue where fun is at the top of the agenda. This issue should have a tone of playfulness. We want to affirm that laughter—as long as we’re laughing with and not at others—is a good thing and that God wants us to experience joy in our lives. At the same time, we do want to acknowledge that not all laughter or humor is good and pleasing to God. This issue should help children to see the humor in the world around them and to enjoy it as one of God’s great gifts to us.


07/01/2014 at 02:15 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.


07/01/2014 at 01:45 am


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


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.


05/30/2014 at 01:32 pm


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.


03/31/2014 at 10:08 am

Where in God’s World?

Fascinating Facts about Ecuador

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Ecuador is the smallest country in South America. It gets its name from the equator, the line that divides the earth into northern and southern hemispheres, which runs through the country. Ecuador is home to about 15 million people and is a little smaller than Nevada. more

03/01/2014 at 02:18 am

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