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 three small children: Lydia, Paul, and Silas. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
Have you ever looked at a baptismal font? Have you wondered how many people have been baptized in it? Maybe you were baptized in the same one as your parents were. Maybe you were baptized in the same font as somebody famous, or in the same font as people you don’t even know.
In the epistle reading today, we hear what Saint Paul says about baptism. He says that when you are baptized, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from. We are all equal to God. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
When we are baptized in the font, we are all one in Christ Jesus. God sees us as equals—as His children!
If we are all God’s children, then we are one family. We are all bound together as Christians, because we are baptized in Christ. When you look around your church, you will see lots of different people—young and old, people who look different from you. But always remember that you are one big family. Remember, you are “one in Christ Jesus”!
SAINT KATHERINE: STANDING UP FOR THE FAITH
When you think of a strong person, who do you think of? A weight lifter? A super hero? Today we remember a saint who reminds us all to be strong people, not with our muscles but with our faith! She reminds us to be strong Christians. Saint Katherine lived many, many years ago, when Christians were not allowed to be Christians—or at least not out in the open.
But Saint Katherine knew that it was more important to be on God’s side than to be on the emperor’s side. So, Katherine visited the emperor and told him she was a Christian. She told him why he was wrong to believe in idols. She told the emperor the only God was her God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
The emperor was really angry then! He brought together 50 of the smartest men around—to show Katherine SHE was wrong. But Saint Katherine, who was only a teenager, convinced these men that her God was the true God—not their silly idols. When these men became Christians too, that was too much for the emperor.
He ordered Saint Katherine to be awfully hurt and to be killed. But all the time, Saint Katherine was strong in her faith. And for that, she is a saint in Heaven forever!
We celebrate St. Katherine Sunday, November 25th (Dec. 8th, 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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