This issue is to show
children that faith is part of our everyday lives, and the ways faith equips us to face the challenges we face each day.
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
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
Economic turmoil, terrorism, war, natural disasters—as we are inundated with these and other accounts and images of suffering, it is easy to feel despair. Yet the message of Easter, of the Resurrection, is hope! Our faith in God and our decision to follow the risen Christ call us to live with hope. And it is out of hope that we are able to respond to the needs of our neighbors—next door and around the world. This issue looks at how the good news of Jesus’ resurrection turns our eyes from despair to hope and how we can respond to seemingly hopeless situations with the confidence of children of God.
03/31/2015 at 01:17 pm
Lent is a special time for prayer, for reading our Bibles, and for looking at our lives to see if there is anything we do that is not pleasing to God. So let us tell God about the things that we need God to forgive us for.
O God, we confess that sometimes we have let other things be more important than you are to us. Forgive us, God. more
02/27/2015 at 02:48 pm
Fascinating Facts about Israel
This country on the Mediterranean Sea is slightly larger than New Jersey. Though it’s a small country, Israel includes everything from mountains to desert to beaches.
Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, is considered holy by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. more
02/27/2015 at 02:48 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 March issue, on the theme Prayer in weekly segments. more
02/27/2015 at 02:47 pm
by Karen M. Leet
How do you spend your prayer time? Talking to God about what’s going on in your life and what you’re feeling? Asking for help for yourself and your friends and family? Awesome! God wants to hear from us about all those things. But sometimes we forget that prayer also means learning to listen to God. God doesn’t usually shout at us, though. Here are some ways we might learn to listen to God. more
02/27/2015 at 02:41 pm