May 2015

Family Challenges

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.

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7 Super Family-Faith Builders

by Karen M. Leet

Sometimes things get tough for our families. Maybe one family member is having problems, and everyone feels the stress. Or maybe something happens that hurts the whole family. God can and will help us get through these difficult times and strengthen our families. The next time your family is facing a hard challenge, try some of these family faith builders.


04/30/2015 at 09:31 am

Where in God’s World?

Fascinating Facts about Papua New Guinea


This island country north of Australia is home to around 7 million people. Paupua New Guinea is the eastern part of an island known as New Guinea, which is one of the largest islands in the world. The other half of the island is controlled by Indonesia. The island is named after the African country of Guinea. more

04/30/2015 at 09:07 am

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May Conversation Starters

Talk together about a time when your family faced a big challenge (i.e., financial hardship, illness of a family member, moving, etc.). What helped you get through that time? What made it more difficult? Would you do anything differently if you had it to do over?

* What strengths does our family have that help us when we face hard times?

* How can we help and support one another in challenging times?

* Is another family we know going through a hard time right now? What can we do to help?

04/30/2015 at 08:56 am


Getting Along

Read Colossians 3:12-17

One: Living in a family can be hard sometimes.

All: We don’t always get along.

One: Sometimes we are impatient and get frustrated with our family. more

04/30/2015 at 08:48 am

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Family Worship Center for Easter

Easter is the most important day of the year for Christians, and it’s worth celebrating at home as well as in church! Create a small worship center for your family and use it on Easter Day and during the week after Easter. more

03/31/2015 at 01:30 pm


Sharing Easter with Your Children

by MaryJane Pierce Norton


Easter is the key experience of the Christian faith. Do you believe that? After all, we are Easter people. more

03/31/2015 at 01:29 pm



Conversation Starters

* What are you hoping for? What are you doing to make those hopes a reality?

* Was there ever a time when you lost hope? What happened? What helped you to feel hopeful again?

* Is there somebody we know who seems to have lost hope? What can we do as a family to share God’s love with that person?

* What does Jesus’ resurrection teach us about hope? How can we help each other to remember that hope when we’re feeling discouraged?

03/31/2015 at 01:16 pm

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Lenten Prayer exercises

Here are some prayer exercises you can try this month to help you grow closer to God and Jesus. You may also want to follow the readings in this month’s Pocketsful of Scripture (pages 14-15 in the March issue of Pockets) which expand on some of the scriptures you’ll be reading for these exercises.


02/27/2015 at 02:40 pm


Lenten Prayer calendar


Lent—the 40-day season before Easter—is a time when we may spend extra time in prayer, reading our Bibles, and serving others as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Add these ideas to your regular prayers this month. more

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March 2015

Conversation Starters

* Is there a place where you feel especially close to God? What is it about that place that helps you feel close to God?

* Do you have a favorite time or way to pray? (Silently? Out loud? By singing? On your knees? Lying in bed at night? With other people or alone? Prayers that are already written or your own words? etc.)

* Was there a time recently when you felt like God wasn’t answering your prayer? How did you feel? Did anything help you understand the situation better?

* Was there a time recently when you knew for sure that God had answered your prayer? How did you feel? Did you remember to thank God?


02/27/2015 at 02:39 pm

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