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.
Have your parents ever told you not to talk to strangers? Well, your parentswant to make sure you are safe. Sometimes strangers might not always be so safe.
But in today’s Gospel reading, we hear about how our Lord Jesus Christ did just that…He talked to a stranger! In the story, Jesus spoke to a woman. She was from Samaria, so she was a foreigner, somebody not like Him. But He talked with her because He wanted to help her. He wanted to tell her how she could worship God.
Then, at the end of the story, we hear how the woman went out and told everybody about Jesus. She wanted all her friends to know about Him too!
We can find lots of places in the Bible where Jesus talks to strangers. Jesus touched the eyes of a stranger who was blind, and He let him see. Jesus went into the house of a stranger named Zacchaeus, and He changed his whole life. Jesus touched the hand of a stranger who had a very catchy skin disease, and He healed him.
Of course, we should always listen to our parents’ good advice. But we should also know that our Lord talked to—and even touched—strangers! God loves us so much, and He is always reaching out to help people who need help!
ST. CHLOTILDA QUEEN OF FRANCE
Did you ever wonder how the Christian Church grew and grew? The world is a big place, of course! Well, some people became Christian after they heard the good news of Jesus Christ from the apostles. Other people heard about Him from missionaries. But other people became Christian because their kings or queens became Christian first! They were really leaders in the faith!
Saint Chlotilda was queen of France about 1,500 years ago. Her husband was Arian (he didn’t believe that Jesus is God), but Chlotilda convinced her husband to believe the truth of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They baptized their children in the name of the Holy Trinity. Then, after that, more people in France followed their king’s beliefs too.
When Chlotilda grew old, some of her children fought about who would be in power in France. But Chlotilda tried to stay away from these sad fights. She tried to grow closer to God too. She spent lots of time in prayer. She gave lots of money to build churches and monasteries. Saint Chlotilda, pray for us!
We celebrate the nameday of St. Chlotilda on Friday, June 3rd.
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