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.
Kids Can Be Saints
The Bravest Kids are Kids who are Saints. Our Orthodox Church remembers lots of children who became saints. And why are they saints? Well, because they loved (and still love) God very much! Even though they were kids, they knew that loving our Lord, Jesus Christ is more important than anything. Some of these saints were hurt or even killed because they refused to give up their love for God. Here are just a few of their stories. We can pray to these saints to help us be strong Christians! View & Print this Week’s Children’s Word HERE.
Our Saint Friends
The Saints are our Friends. Do you have lots of different kinds of friends? You might have a friend who is old and a friend who is your age. You might have a friend who lives near you and a friend who lives far away from you. You might have a friend who looks a little like you, and you might have a friend who doesn’t.
The Sunday of All Saints, is the day we celebrate our friends, the holy saints of our Church. The saints are our friends because they are always ready to help us. They are good examples for us too. We have lots of friends who are saints, but they are all different, aren’t they? Some were rich, some were poor, some were old, some were young, some lived a long time ago, some lived not too long ago. We have lots of different kinds of saint-friends. But what do they have in common?
Today is All Saints Day, so we remember all of these holy saints!
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.
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.