December 2015


This issue should help children begin to understand how Jesus’ birth, God’s incarnation, is made new for them each Advent and Christmas and how this sense of Emmanuel, God with us, guides our lives throughout the year.

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Using this Issue (December 2015)

December 2015—Joy!

The December issue of Pockets takes on a life of its own as we turn to Advent themes such as waiting, hoping, journeying, giving, and sharing love, joy, and peace. This issue should help children begin to understand how Jesus’ birth, God’s incarnation, is made new for them each Advent and Christmas and how this sense of Emmanuel, God with us, guides our lives throughout the year.


11/30/2015 at 02:55 pm

banana bread

Recipe on Page 21



We’ve discovered that an ingredient was left off of the pumpkin bread recipe in our November issue. Here’s the corrected recipe. We apologize for any inconvenience!

This recipe will make two loaves of pumpkin bread or 24 muffins, so there’s plenty to share! This uses canned pumpkin; but if you have fresh cooked pumpkin, that would be delicious. more

11/06/2015 at 01:19 pm

About this issue (November 2015)

November 2015—Enough

What is enough? We live in a society that encourages us to buy, buy, buy. Whether we admit it or not, we often behave as if happiness is just one more purchase away…and then one more…and then one more. And what do we do with all that stuff? Use it up and throw it out, or stow it away somewhere and forget about it. Our children watch and learn from our behavior. How do we help them understand that the world has limited resources; and therefore, we must practice good stewardship of money and things? How do we help children understand that happiness doesn’t depend on wearing the best clothes or having the newest toy? Are we ever truly thankful in the midst of trying to obtain more?


11/02/2015 at 12:32 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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