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.
How many times have you asked your parents, “What day is it?” or “What are we doing tomorrow?” When we go to church every single Sunday, sometimes it makes it easier to keep our days straight! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear how our Lord went into the synagogue (like a church) to worship. The Gospel says,“He came to Nazareth, and He went to the synagogue, as His custom was, on the Sabbath day.” From just this little sentence, we know that our Lord worshiped together with other people in the synagogue once a week. That was His custom!
Sometimes we might make our own customs, but isn’t it great to follow Christ’s custom too? We come together once a week on our Sabbath, on Sunday. We come together to pray with other Christians. We come together to hear the words from the Bible together. We come together to receive Christ in us with Holy Communion. Isn’t it great that we share that custom with our Lord? Let’s try to keep that custom, even when we are busy, even when we are in college, even when we are all grown up! We follow the same custom the Lord had…to worship together on the Sabbath!
Happy new year? In September? Yes!
Today is the first day of the church new year. That means that today, we start over with all of our church holidays. Many years ago, people would think of this time of year as the beginning of the year. That’s because farmers would just be finishing their harvest around now—the crops would all be ready to pick. Then it’s time to plant everything again—to start over.
Our Church gives us lots of chances to make changes in our lives. On January 1st, lots of people might ask you, “Have you made any new year’s resolutions?” Now it’s a new year in our Church! Can you think of anything you would like to change about yourself—to make yourself more like our Lord, Jesus Christ? You could make a little list, even in your head.
We celebrate the beginning of the Church Year Sept. 1 (Sept. 14, 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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