April 2014

New Life

The good news of Easter—Christ is alive!—is that out of sadness, disappointment, and brokenness God can bring new life.

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The List for April

8 Awesome April Holidays


Some serious and some silly (but all real) holidays (and ideas to celebrate them)

April 2—Children’s Book Day—Reread a favorite book. Swap favorites with a friend. Donate a book you don’t need anymore to a family shelter or hospital.

April 8—Draw a Picture of a Bird Day—Sure. Why not? It’s also a good time of year to put out materials (dryer lint, string, yarn, etc.) that birds can use in building their nests. more

04/11/2014 at 09:01 am



Conversation Starters


* What signs of new life have you seen in nature lately?

* How can we as a family share the good news of Easter with our neighbors and friends?

* If you were telling someone who had never heard it the story of Jesus’ resurrection, what would you say? What would be the most important things to tell that person?

* Can you remember a time when something good came out of something bad that happened to you or to someone else?

03/31/2014 at 12:08 pm


Family Worship Center for Easter

You and your family can create a small worship center for your home. You can use your worship center on Easter Day and during the week after Easter.

Here’s what you need to do:

Decorate a Christ Candle (use a white pillar candle). An adult can use a heated blade to carve a cross and the year into the candle. more

03/31/2014 at 12:07 pm


23 Awesome Things about Spring

By Pockets readers

  1. Picking flowers
  2. Running barefoot through the grass
  3. Watching things grow in the garden


Grace, 9, North Carolina more

03/01/2014 at 08:30 am

Lenten prayer calendar

The Christian season of Lent is a time when we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection by doing things that bring us closer to God—praying, studying our Bibles, helping others, and sometimes giving up something we enjoy. Lent begins on March 5 this year. Add these prayers for others to your regular prayers each day this month. more

03/01/2014 at 05:00 am

Observing Lent in Your Family

by Janet R. Knight

Ash Wednesday, March 5, marks the beginning of the six-week observance of Lent in the church. Lent culminates in the events of Holy Week, leading up to the great exultation of Easter Sunday. Because the mood of Lent itself is somber and introspective — some would even say gloomy — we often wonder how to include children in its observance. more

03/01/2014 at 03:45 am


New Year, New Beginnings

Read Isaiah 43:15-21.

One: We give thanks to God for new beginnings. more

01/01/2014 at 02:00 am


The List: November

8 Great Steps Toward Living More Simply


1. Before you buy something, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”

2. Spend time outside and appreciate God’s great creation: free entertainment!

3. Go through your toys. Choose some you might be ready to donate and share with someone else. more

10/31/2013 at 02:01 pm



Conversation starters


* What made you feel most thankful today?

* What do you think it means to live simply? Do you think our family should try to live more simply? What are some things we could do if we want to live more simply?

* If you decided to give away some of the things you own, what would you give away?

* Do you ever feel like you (or we as a family) are too busy? What could we do to make our schedule more simple?

* What’s one thing you feel like you had more time to do?


10/31/2013 at 01:55 pm

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Learning about Heroes

Family Time

Here are some fun ways for your family to learn more about everyday heroes.

*Watch a DVD together and talk about ways different characters were heroic in the story. Who are the heroes in this story? In what ways do they act as heroes? Would they consider themselves as heroes? Your parents can help decide what film is best for your family. Here are some suggestions: more

09/30/2013 at 09:16 am

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