December 2014

Behold!

We want this issue to help children begin to understand how Jesus’ birth, God’s incarnation, is made new to us each Advent and Christmas.

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Where in God’s World is Ghana?

Fascinating Facts about Ghana

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This country on the west coast of Africa is a little smaller than the state of Oregon and is home to about 20 million people.

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11/25/2014 at 08:00 am

Using Pockets in Groups for December

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 December issue, on the theme Behold! in weekly segments.

 

Week One:

Read: Colorado Christmas (pages 2-4) more

11/25/2014 at 07:57 am

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About the December issue

December 2014—Behold!

In truth, the December issue of Pockets hardly needs an assigned theme. The Advent themes of waiting, hope, welcoming, joy, peace, and love are all we need to guide us on our journey to find Emmanuel, God with us. We hope this issue will help children begin to understand how Jesus’ birth, God’s incarnation, is made new to us each Advent and Christmas and how this sense of God with us guides our lives throughout the year.

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11/25/2014 at 07:56 am

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About the November 2014 issue

November 2014—Thankful Hearts

Living with a thankful heart means giving thanks every day, not just on the fourth Thursday of November. We are constantly surrounded with advertising messages telling us that we must have the newest, the best, the most, in order to be happy. How do we help our children see the emptiness of such messages? How do we help them to cultivate an awareness of and appreciation for God’s gifts that we receive every day? God’s gifts come to us in many ways—a hug or smile when we’re sad, the strength to run and play, the beauty of creation, food to eat, a warm home, a faithful friend, a loving family. As we recognize and acknowledge such gifts, we learn to live with hearts that are truly thankful.

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10/31/2014 at 11:43 am

Where in God’s World is Switzerland?

Fascinating Facts about Switzerland

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Located in Europe, Switzerland is a mountainous country about the size of New Jersey. It is located in central Europe, landlocked between France and Italy. more

10/31/2014 at 11:42 am

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Let All People Praise God!

Let someone read Psalm 67.

One: God is gracious to us and blesses us.

All: Let all people praise God!

One: God’s face shines upon us.

All: Let all people praise God! more

10/31/2014 at 11:41 am

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The List-November 2014

8 Alternative Ways To Plan Your Christmas Celebration

Yes, we know. Christmas is next month. But November 30 is the first Sunday of Advent, and a little advance planning will give you and your family a chance to enjoy December in a way that’s more focused on Jesus’ birth and less focused on spending lots of money. more

10/31/2014 at 11:23 am

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The List

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 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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