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.
Lots of people wanted to know “Where is Jesus from?” Well, He lived in Bethlehem, Egypt, and then Nazareth.
Have you ever met somebody new? When we meet somebody, you might get asked, “What’s your name?” or “Where are you from?” or “Where do you live?” When we want to know more about somebody, it’s important to know where he or she came from.
In today’s Gospel we hear something about where our Lord, Jesus Christ is from! We know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but today we hear about how, when Jesus was a little child, He went with His family to Egypt. Then, when it was safe for Him to come back, He lived in a town called Nazareth. Read more and download activities.
HOLY PROPHET DAVID WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HIM?
Have you ever read a biography? Let’s say you learned about a president. You might find out where he went to school, what he did before he became president, and then what he did as president. Biographies are interesting because we like to find out how somebody grew to be a great person.
But today we celebrate a saint who has one of the most interesting biographies of all! David was a shepherd. He sang and played the harp too. He killed the great Goliath with his slingshot. He worked for King Saul and became his friend. Then David even became king himself! He didn’t always do the right thing, but he asked God to forgive him and he became close again with God. Read more…
We celebrate David today because he was a relative of Christ, and of course we celebrated His birth just a few days ago! We celebrate St. David today, the Sunday after Christmas.
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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