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.
Do you know what an anchor does? An anchor is something that keeps a boat from drifting around a lake or a harbor. An anchor keeps the boat in one spot, right where the sailor or fisherman wants it to be.
In the epistle reading today, we hear about how we have an anchor too. Just like a boat’s anchor, our anchor keeps us right where we want to be too. For us, that’s close to God. The epistle tells us that our anchor is our hope in the resurrection. As Christians, we think about how our Lord, Jesus Christ has opened up heaven for us. We think about how one day we hope to be with Him there. This is our anchor. When we think about Christ, and when we think about all He has done for us, we will stay right where we want to be, close to God.
But why do we need an anchor? Well, sometimes things pull us away from God. Sometimes movies or things on the Internet or games might pull us away from God. Sometimes our own friends might even pull us away from God, getting us to do things that aren’t right. These things might make us drift away from our Lord. But when we think about Jesus Christ, and when we think about what He has done for us, we won’t drift away! Let’s remember the epistle today: “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”
ST. CUTHBERT OF BRITAIN: EVERY DAY IS A SAINT’S DAY!
You probably didn’t know that Tuesday is Snowman Burning Day. This is a wacky holiday that some Swiss people (and Americans too) celebrate to officially say goodbye to winter. You can find something funny to celebrate on any day of the year. But did you know that every day is a saint’s day too?
On Tuesday, we celebrate St. Cuthbert of Britain. St. Cuthbert lived in the 600s, and when he was eight years old, a three-year-old foretold that he would become a priest and then a bishop! As a monk, St. Cuthbert was very strict with his prayers. For many years, he lived on a little island, way up in the northern part of England. He lived by himself for many years, and he was especially kind to the animals that lived there on the island. Cuthbert also traveled all around Britain, telling all about Jesus Christ to people who had never even heard of Him. And St. Cuthbert did become a priest and later a bishop, just as the three-year-old had predicted.
If you go to the little island of Lindisfarne, you can see where St. Cuthbert lived, by himself, but always close to God!
We celebrate St. Cuthbert on Tuesday, March 20th (April 2nd, 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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