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November 2014—Thankful Hearts
Living with a thankful heart means giving thanks every day, not just on the fourth Thursday of November. We are constantly surrounded with advertising messages telling us that we must have the newest, the best, the most, in order to be happy. How do we help our children see the emptiness of such messages? How do we help them to cultivate an awareness of and appreciation for God’s gifts that we receive every day? God’s gifts come to us in many ways—a hug or smile when we’re sad, the strength to run and play, the beauty of creation, food to eat, a warm home, a faithful friend, a loving family. As we recognize and acknowledge such gifts, we learn to live with hearts that are truly thankful.
10/31/2014 at 11:43 am
8 Alternative Ways To Plan Your Christmas Celebration
Yes, we know. Christmas is next month. But November 30 is the first Sunday of Advent, and a little advance planning will give you and your family a chance to enjoy December in a way that’s more focused on Jesus’ birth and less focused on spending lots of money. more
10/31/2014 at 11:23 am
October 2014—Using our Gifts
Some people’s gifts are obvious. They are blessed with amazing talents in music or art or athletics and use those gifts in a way that inspires admiration from many. Other people’s gifts go largely unnoticed. But we all have gifts, as Paul’s letter to the Romans reminds us (Rom. 12:6-8). Whether our gifts are obvious to all or waiting to be discovered (even by us), the important thing is to use the gifts we have been given. Each of us is called to offer our own unique gifts and talents for building up the community of Christ. We hope this issue will help children to recognize the gifts God and given them and see how those gifts might be used to help others.
09/30/2014 at 02:17 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, on the theme of using our gifts, in weekly segments.
Read: Croaking Bullfrog, Honking Goose (pages 2-4)
Discuss: Have you ever been jealous of a friend’s talent? What helped you deal with that? How do you and your friends encourage one another to use your talents? more
09/30/2014 at 02:16 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 September issue, on the theme of the blessings of change, in weekly segments.
Read: The Dog I Didn’t Want (pages 2-4)
Discuss: What’s a hard change that you’ve had to go through? What helped you get through it?
Pray: For kids dealing with chronic medical conditions
Do: Look up and discuss scriptures that can help us when we’re going through hard changes.
08/29/2014 at 12:21 pm
Change is unsettling. Moving means getting used to a new home and leaving friends and neighbors behind. Going to a new school requires learning new rules and new surroundings and finding new friends. A new person coming into a family shifts our roles and responsibilities. Even when we think we’re prepared for it, change is hard. But over time, we often discover blessings from change. The new house has advantages the old one didn’t. The new school has great activities, and we find a wonderful friend. The new person in the family adds something we didn’t know we were missing. We want this issue to help children draw on the experience of past changes to face new ones. We hope to encourage them to begin a lifelong habit of focusing on the blessings of change.
08/29/2014 at 12:19 pm