The Season of Love
This issue should invite readers to ponder how God’s lavish acts of love toward us call us to our own lavish acts of love.Order Now See Inside
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 in weekly segments.
Read: The Seven Santellis and Their Amazing Dad (pages 2-4) more
12/01/2013 at 02:00 am
Fascinating Facts about Latvia
This northern European country is one of three countries that make up the Baltic States (because they border the Baltic Sea). The other two are Lithuania and Eastonia. Latvia has lots of lakes and forests. The country is home to more than 2 million people; about half of them live in the capital of Riga. more
12/01/2013 at 01:45 am
December 2013—The Season of Love
Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, is a season of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. This season calls us to embrace some unlikely notions. Isaiah’s prophecy of the peaceable kingdom seems as improbable as it is lovely. And God’s coming to us in a poor, vulnerable baby born in a stable is simply astounding, if we really stop to think about it. This issue should invite readers to ponder how God’s lavish acts of love toward us call us to our own lavish acts of love. What does it mean for us to love our friends, our family, our community, and our world in ways that are beyond what is expected? How does Emmanuel, “God with us,” empower us to give more of ourselves than we ever thought possible?
Special features: This issue includes our Advent/Christmas/Epiphany devotions for families and other groups and our Advent Calendar.
12/01/2013 at 01:15 am
November 2013—Living Simply
Most of us find that our lives are more complicated than we wish they were. We are way too busy, and we have become accustomed to having (and thinking we need) way too much “stuff.” Our children are not immune from this. Many of their lives are over-scheduled, and they are the targets of sophisticated marketing campaigns aimed at convincing them that they can’t possibly be happy without this or that product. Thanksgiving offers a good time to evaluate the priorities that order our lives. We want to help children learn to tell the difference between their needs and their wants. We want to help them to feel and express gratitude for what they have rather than constantly longing for what they don’t have. We want to help them see that they can live full and satisfying lives with less stuff. Finally, we want this issue to remind them that they can show their gratitude to God by sharing what they have with those who have less. more
10/31/2013 at 02:03 pm
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 November issue in weekly segments.
Read: Enough (pages 2-4)
Discuss: Do you understand why Hannah was worried about what her friends would think about her house? Do you think Hannah’s dad’s advice was good? Would it have made you feel better?
Pray: For people who are new to this country
Do: Make the Giving Thanks bank on page 39. (You can either make one for the group to contribute to all month or let each group member make one to take home and use with family.)
10/31/2013 at 02:02 pm
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 in weekly segments.
09/30/2013 at 09:48 am
October 2013—Everyday Heroes
What constitutes a hero in the eyes of a child? A superstar entertainer? An elite athlete? A world leader or historical figure? True heroes often seem hard to find, but perhaps we should look around our own neighborhoods, communities, churches, schools, and homes. Maybe we would find an abundance of heroes among those we see every day. This issue should help children recognize and appreciate those everyday heroes—people who quietly work to help others, people whose efforts are often taken for granted, people who try to live the way Jesus taught us to live. We also want this issue to help children to recognize their own potential to be everyday heroes. more
09/30/2013 at 09:47 am
Fascinating Facts about Vanuatu
Vanuatu is a Y-shaped chain of four main islands and 80 smaller islands in the South Pacific Ocean. People live on 65 of the islands. Several of the islands have active volcanoes and have underwater volcanoes nearby.
09/30/2013 at 08:51 am