October 2016


Due Date: 03/01/2016

In Acts 10:34 Paul says, “I truly understand that God shows no partiality.” Our God does not have favorites but loves us all equally! And we who love God and try to do as Jesus taught know that we are called to love all people. That love goes beyond mere tolerance to respecting and honoring the uniqueness of God’s people. Our differences may take many forms—physical traits and abilities, interests, gender, culture, language, where and how we live, the material possessions we have, to name a few. While we know that these differences are of no consequence to God, they often challenge us as we struggle to overcome our suspicions and prejudices. How can we help children to see others as God sees them and to celebrate the diversity that enlivens our world?

November 2016

Serving Others

Due Date: 04/01/2016

When we asked the members of our Kids’ Advisory Board what themes they would like to see covered in Pockets, “helping others,” “missions,” helping the poor,” and “helping the elderly” were among the most common suggestions. Children want to serve! And, of course, being a servant was at the very core of who Jesus was and what Jesus taught. We hope this issue will present serving others to children in a positive, realistic, and attainable light. We want to give children of a sense of what serving means in relation to the decisions they make each day, as well as when they participate in particular service projects. We want help children recognize that Christ lives in each of us and that each of us has a role to play in being Christ’s “hands and feet.”

December 2016

The Gift of God’s Love

Due Date: 05/01/2016

The season of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, calls us to prepare to receive again the gift of God’s love in the person of Jesus Christ. While everything around us seems chaotic, as we frantically prepare for all that Christmas has come to mean in our culture, it’s worth asking ourselves if our preparation has anything to do with the birth of Jesus. This issue will definitely include many elements of the celebrative fun of Christmas and Epiphany, but we also want to help children remember that Advent is about preparing to receive the gift of God’s son. It is this gift that we hope children receive over and over again each year to shape their lives.



Special Needs

  • Articles about real children involved in environmental efforts, peacemaking, and helping others. Please send photos of these children with your manuscript and indicate the name and address of the photographer. We prefer photos of the children actively involved in their project. Digital photos must be 300-dpi for clear print resolution. Please include parents‘ permission to use photos.
  • Interviews with well-known people, relating how their faith in God is important to them in their daily lives

For More Information About Writing For Pockets

Refer to our Writer’s Guidelines on-line or by mail with an SASE.



Lynn W. Gilliam, Editor

P. O. Box 340004

Nashville  TN 37203-0004

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