Using Pockets 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 January/February issue, on the theme of New Beginnings, in weekly segments.



Week One:

Read: Happy New Year, Julian (pages 2-4)

Discuss: Do you ever find it hard to talk to friends about what you believe about God and Jesus? What makes that hard sometimes? What helps you? How does being a Christian change the choices you make every day? Do you think others can tell by your actions that you believe in God?

Pray: For new Christians

Do: Read The List (page 7) and talk about any changes group members want to make this year and how to get started.


Week Two:

Read: Never Say Never (pages 10-12)

Discuss: Has someone ever treated you the way Lara’s brother treated her? Why do you think people act that way? How do you respond when someone is mean to you? Why do you think Lara was nice to her brother after he had been mean to her? Would that be hard to do? What could help you?

Pray: For siblings who have a hard time getting along

Do: Make Ginger Snaps to share.


Week Three:

Read: Where in God’s World? (pages 28-30)

Discuss: What was your favorite fact in this article? Which of the countries mentioned would you most like to visit? Why?

Pray: For peace in the world

Do: Collect winter supplies (socks, gloves, hand warmers, etc.) for a local charity. If possible, deliver your donations in person.


Week Four:

Read: Tree Frog Trail (pages 17-19)

Discuss: Marcos was mad about the way Zachary and his cousins messed up the frogs’ habitat. How did he and his friends decide to respond? What do you think would have happened if he had yelled at Zachary instead?

Pray: To forgive people as God forgives us

Do: Decide on an earth-friendly project your group can do in your community.



Week One:

Read: New Year, New Plans (pages 38-39)

Discuss: Did you pick anything that you wanted to change or do differently this year? If so, has it been hard or easy to make the change? Since God offers us the chance to make a new beginning anytime, is there anything you’d like to change or do differently?

Pray: To make positive changes

Do: Take the quiz on pages 42-43 and talk about your answers.


Week Two:

Read: Faith Heroes (page 41)

Discuss: How does God call us to stand with those who are discriminated against or treated unfairly? What does it mean to work for justice and fairness in our everyday lives.

Pray: For the courage to stand up for those who are treated unfairly

Do: Identify some Faith Heroes you know. Talk about what makes them heroes and how kids can be faith heroes in their everyday lives.


Week Three:

Read: The Last Laugh (pages 32-34)

Discuss: What did Andrew learn about reaching his goals? What are some of your goals? How do you work to achieve a goal?

Pray: For those who help you reach your goals

Do: Check out the reader photos on pages 14-16 and devise a photo scavenger hunt for your group.


Week Four:

Read: Inside Out (pages 44-46)

Discuss: What did Annie learn from her cousin? What do you think it means to “do the Bible-type of love” to everyone? What are some ways you might do that at school? At home? In your community?

Pray: For help to see people as God sees them.

Do: Make cards of appreciation for community workers (firefighters, police, EMT’s, librarians, etc.)




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