July 2015


We want this issue to help children examine their motives for competing and the role of competition in
their lives.

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by Gayle Veitenheimer

So competition—good or bad? It all depends on how we respond, doesn’t it? Wanting to win is fine. But if we let the desire to win become more important than our values—like being kind and honest—we’re not really winning at all. Here are some strategies to help keep competitiveness under control. more

06/26/2015 at 07:46 am


About this Issue-July 2015

July 2015—Competition

Competition for Pockets readers could be many things: striving to make the best grades, wanting to have the coolest clothes, trying to be the best player on the soccer team or in the school orchestra, or consistently vying to be the center of attention. Competition can be healthy when it encourages us to do our best, but it is unhealthy when it causes us to make “winning” too important. We hope this issue will help children examine their motives for competing and the role of competition in their lives. We want to invite children to view the competitive arenas of their lives (as we want them to view all of their lives) in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


06/26/2015 at 07:45 am

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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

Using This Issue 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 June issue, on the theme of Caring for Creation, in weekly segments. more

06/03/2015 at 11:29 am

About This Month’s Issue

Being good stewards of God’s creation is not only a matter of our self-interest or good intentions. It is a basic way of honoring our Creator. The aim of this issue is two-fold: a celebration of the wonder of creation and a challenge to look at practical ways we can address the earth’s problems. We hope to show children that we can accomplish great things when we open ourselves to God’s power working through us. more

06/03/2015 at 09:58 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


Easter: The Light of the World

One: Jesus came and walked among us

All: And told us about God’s great love for us.

One: Jesus came and walked among us

All: And taught and healed.


03/31/2015 at 01:30 pm

Where in God’s World is Poland?

Fascinating Facts about Poland


This central European country is home to about 38 million people.


03/31/2015 at 01:19 pm

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