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.
God Shares Our Gifts!
What would you give Him? He could have anything! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story we all know—the wonderful miracle story of the feeding of the 5,000 men (plus women and children!). In the story, remember, the people came to listen to Jesus speak. After a long time, the huge crowds of people were hungry, and the disciples wanted to send them away so they could go and get their own food. But our Lord answered them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” Our Lord told the disciples to show love for the people. Show them love and feed them!
THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION: GOD SHOWS US HIS GLORY!
You know how to make the sign of the Cross, don’t you? Do you know why we do the cross the way we do? You know
the three fingers together mean the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You know the two little fingers folded down mean that Jesus was a man and He is God! This Thursday, we celebrate the great feast of the Holy Transfiguration.
We celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration on Aug. 6th (OC: Aug. 19th).
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.