The Children’s Word: In One Ear…and Out the Other!

The Children’s Word: In One Ear…and Out the Other!

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra talks about a problem we all have sometimes – we hear something good, but we forget it right away! Jesus knew about this problem too, and...

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The Children’s Word: Do You Have an Enemy?

The Children’s Word: Do You Have an Enemy?

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, you can read about what it means to have an enemy, and what you can do when this happens. Pres. Alexandra also tells the story of Saint Jonah...

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The Children’s Word: Go Away!

The Children’s Word: Go Away!

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra tells a story about when Saint Peter told Jesus to go away! Have you ever told someone to go away? This week you can also learn...

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Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

This topic is on my mind at the moment because our church school program is focusing on the feasts for this year’s curriculum. I’m working with the youngest class, encompassing of preschool through first grade, so these ideas are geared to them, but could certainly be adapted for older elementary...

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The Universal Exaltation of  The Precious and Life-Giving Cross

The Universal Exaltation of The Precious and Life-Giving Cross

To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the...

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The Children’s Word: What’s Missing?

The Children’s Word: What’s Missing?

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra reminds us to look for the Cross and shares a story of Saint Lambert of Belgium. You will also find things to color and activities to...

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The Children’s Word: Fill Your Head!

The Children’s Word: Fill Your Head!

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra tells a story about Saint Euphrosynos, who was a cook! There’s also an article about what we put into our heads (not just our mouths!), and...

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The Children’s Word: A New Ministry at OCN!

The Children’s Word: A New Ministry at OCN!

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...

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New School Removes Barrier To Learning For Uganda’s Children

New School Removes Barrier To Learning For Uganda’s Children

CAPTION: One teacher provides instruction for 500 elementary students in this one-room, red-brick village school near the shores of Lake Victoria in Butembe, Uganda. There are no desks or books, only a solitary chalkboard at one end of the room used by the teacher to instruct them. IOCC is working...

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Orthodox Professor Exploring Creation of Institute at Eastern University

Orthodox Professor Exploring Creation of Institute at Eastern University

Dr. Gary Jenkins, a member of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA, has been teaching history at Eastern University in the greater Philadelphia area for 20 years. Lately, he’s been feeling called to do something even bigger. After much prayer and consultation with hierarchs and clergy throughout the...

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