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 April issue, on the theme of Hope, in weekly segments.


Week One:

Read: Floodwaters and Treetops (pages 2-4)

Discuss: Can you think of a time when you’ve felt really discouraged and other people encouraged you? What did they do? Did their words or actions help you? How do you help others have hope?

Pray: For people affected by disasters

Do: Learn about supplies needed by people affected by storms and start a collection in your church. (Here’s one good source of information: http://www.umc.org/how-we-serve/offer-support-after-storms-create-cleaning-buckets.)


Week Two:

Read: Too Much Moving? (pages 10-12)

Discuss: Can you think of a time when you didn’t like something (the way Tiffany didn’t like moving so often) but then you discovered there were good things about it? Is there a situation you’re unhappy about right now? Can you think of something good that might come from it? How can we remember to look for the good things in a situation you don’t like?

Pray: For kids who have to move when they don’t want to

Do: Read The List (page 7) and work together to make you own list of favorite things about Spring.


Week Three:

Read: Tree Frog Trail (pages 17-19)

Discuss: What do you notice in God’s creation that helps you to feel hopeful? What are some ways we can help care for creation?

Pray: For people who help injured animals

Do: Read about the contest on page 24 and work on your entries.


Week Four:

Read: The Doorjamb (pages 32-34)

Discuss: How did Gabe help Devin? What are some ways you help other kids (siblings, cousins, friends, classmates)? What are some other ways you can think of to help?

Pray: To be people who encourage and help others each day

Do: Adapt the Family Time activity (page 48) by having your group write and hide messages for church staff and volunteers.


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