October 2015

Role Models

This issue should help children understand that they too are called to be role models of the Christian life to those around them, to both adults and other children.

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All Saints Day

Let someone read these words from Hebrews 12:1:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses … let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.

Leader: It’s not always easy to live the way God wants us to live.

All: It’s not always easy to do what God wants us to do instead of what our friends want us to do.

Leader: It’s not always easy to find time to pray and read our Bibles every day. more

09/30/2015 at 02:11 pm

About the October 2015 issue

October 2015—Role Models

We’ve all heard of the poorly behaved sports or entertainment star who says that it’s not his or her job to be a role model for children. And we ourselves tend to forget that we are role models—whether of good traits or bad ones—in all that we do. Children are always looking up to someone. But how often do they think of themselves as role models? This issue should help children understand that they too are called to be role models of the Christian life to those around them, to both adults and other children. Paul’s words to Timothy inspire us here: “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12, NRSV).


09/30/2015 at 02:10 pm

Where in God’s World is Estonia?

Fascinating Facts about Estonia


This northern European country is about the same size as New Hampshire and Massachusetts combined. Only about 1.3 million people live here, and almost half the land is wooded.


09/30/2015 at 02:02 pm

Where in God’s World?

Fascinating Facts about Colombia


This country located in the northwest coast of South America is home to about 45 million people. It’s the only South American country with coasts on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Colombia is named after the explorer Christopher Columbus.


08/28/2015 at 01:17 pm


About this issue

September 2015—Choices

Just as it is for us, life for children is full of choices and temptations. To do homework or spend an extra hour watching YouTube videos? To ignore a shy newcomer or go out of your way to include him or her? To cheat on a test or risk being grounded for getting a bad grade? To experiment, just this once, with alcohol to impress daring friends or risk being ostracized? To speak up for what you believe or remain silent and let others assume you agree with them? So how do we choose? And how do our choices impact our lives and our relationships with others? How do we find the strength to avoid temptations and make the right choices? How do we help others to make good choices? And where do we find grace and forgiveness when we’ve made the wrong choice?


08/28/2015 at 01:14 pm

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Vacation Time

Summer is vacation time for many families, so it’s a good time to pray for those who are traveling. This litany would be appropriate to do before the family departs on a vacation or when friends or loved ones are traveling. Begin by having someone read this passage from Psalm 139:7-12: more

06/26/2015 at 07:25 am


The List

8 Awesome Ways To Explore Creation

by Karen M. Leet

God created an amazing world for us! Here are some ideas for ways you can explore, protect, and learn more about it. After you read these, come up with your own list of other ideas! more

06/03/2015 at 11:24 am


5 Guidelines for iKids and their use of Smartphones and Tablets

As the use of smartphones and tablets increases among the iKids, those children and youth born since 2000, a number of new studies have focused on the unintended consequences of the overuse of these devices. Children are not miniature adults, but are in key phases of spiritual, physical, and mental development that defines who they will become as adults.


05/11/2015 at 07:22 am

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About this Issue

May 2015—Family Challenges

Family is the basic community in which faith is lived out and passed on, and each year our May issue focuses on some aspect of family life. This year we look at some of the challenges faced by families. One of our overall goals in Pockets is to show children that faith is part of our everyday lives, so we particularly hope to help our readers see the ways faith equips us to face the challenges we face each day.;


04/30/2015 at 09:08 am


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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