Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
A Cloud of Witnesses!
A witness is somebody who saw something or heard something. A witness knows something because of what he saw or heard. Today is All Saints Sunday, the day we remember all the wonderful saints we have in our Church. As the Gospel tells us today, these wonderful saints are witnesses! But what did these witnesses see or hear? They heard about Jesus Christ, and they lived their lives in a special way because they learned to love God so much!
The Gospel says, “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely.” We have a cloud of witnesses, a whole bunch of saints. And our saints all point us to our Lord, Jesus Christ.
DO YOU KNOW A SAINT? Sometimes we might think of saints as living many, many years ago. But saints are alive among us today. That’s because people who love God very, very much are around us today!
SAINT FOMAR (TAMARA) OF MOSCOW. We celebrate St. Fomar, June 23rd (July 6th, OC).
Welcome to “The Children’s Word,” a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Each week, Presvytera Alexandra Houck writes this little newsletter for young parishioners! You will find age-appropriate articles, stories, and activities in every edition. The newsletter is provided in PDF format so that you can easily download and print it, and share it with your parish, church school, homeschool, family, and friends.
Each issue includes a message on the Sunday Gospel lesson and on one of the saints for the week. You’ll also find a coloring page and other activities. It is designed for a 8.5 x 14 page, so it can be printed and folded.
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