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 August issue, on the theme of Good Sports in weekly segments.


Week One:

Read: The No Hitter (pp. 2-4)

Discuss: Can you think of a time when you’ve had to miss out on something for the good of a group (family, class, team, club, etc.)? Was it hard? What helped you put the needs of the group first?

Pray: For your church family

Do: Make the Frozen Chocolate Bananas (p. 16).


Week Two:

Read: Try and Tri Again (pp. 10-12)

Discuss: Natalie didn’t want to train for the triathlon because she didn’t think she could do it. What did she learn about herself? What did Ava learn about Natalie? Do you ever feel limited by a label (like “slow,” in Natalie’s case)? What can you do to get beyond old nicknames or the negative ways others may see you?

Pray: Give thanks to God for seeing the potential in each of us

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


Week Three:

Read: Choosing Sides (pp. 32-34)

Discuss: Have you ever been chosen last or near last for a team? How does that feel? (If you’ve never been chosen last, think about how you think you would feel.) How do you think someone who’s normally chosen last would feel if her or she were chosen first?

Pray: To include those who are often left out

Do: Make the craft project on page 25.


Week Four:

Read: Tree Frog Trail (pp. 17-19)

Discuss: Do you like to compete with others? What are some of the ways you like to compete? When you play sports or games, how important is it to you to win? Does trying to win ever keep you from having fun?

Pray: To keep competition fair and fun

Do: Read 10 Ways to be a Great Sport (p. 7), and talk about ways you practice good sportsmanship in everyday life (school, church, family, neighborhood) as well as on teams.


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