For Educators

Using December 2017 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 some suggestions for using the December issue, on the theme of Waiting and Welcoming, in weekly segments. In addition to the activities below, you can do the devotions on pp. 22-23, 26 in your group.

Week One:

Read: One Star Too Many (pages 2-4)

Discuss: What Christmas traditions are really important to you? Why? How does it feel when a tradition you care about has to change? What can help you be open to changes, even if you don’t really like them?

Pray: For families getting ready to celebrate Christmas

Do: Make the Holiday Gumdrop Jewels on p. 13 together.


Week Two:

Read: The Dinner (pages 10-12)

Discuss: What did David learned from his experience? How do you think Luke felt in the story? What do you think he meant at the end when he told his dad he was surprised?

Pray: For people in your community who struggle to get enough food

Do: Collect items for your local food bank. If possible, deliver them in person.


Week Three:

Read: My Christmas-Spirit Tree (pages 34-36)

Discuss: Why were Allison’s family and her friend surprised that she was being helpful and kind? Are you nicer to people around Christmas time? What can help you remember to keep your Christmas spirit all year?

Pray: To keep the spirit of kindness and helping others going all year long

Do: Check out p. 21 and write Christmas acrostics. (If you want to, send your acrostics to us at Pockets, P.O. Box 340004, Nashville TN 37204-0004.)


Week Four:

Read: Mom’s Christmas Magic (pages 44-46)

Discuss: Is it easier to notice the good things or the bad things about other people? How does that change the way you interact with them? How do you feel when you realize someone has noticed one of your good qualities or something nice you did?

Pray: To notice the good qualities of other people

Do: Make a note card for each person in your group with his or her name at the top. Pass the cards out so that no one has his or her own card. Give everyone a brief time to write one positive thing on the card about that person. Pass the cards around until every group member has written on every other group member’s card. Let everyone take their own card home with them.




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