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 you ever watched the news on TV? The newscasters tell about something that happened. Then, they might talk to an eye witness, somebody who saw it happen. If it’s a car crash or a new building opening or a big festival in the city, the newscasters talk to somebody who was really there, somebody who saw it with his own eyes.
Today, we read the first few verses of the Gospel of Luke. Saint Luke tells us that other people wrote down what they saw and heard about our Lord, Jesus Christ. Saint Luke wanted to do the same thing. Just like a newscaster, he talked to real eye witnesses. He talked to people who saw it all happen. Then he wrote it all down in his Gospel.
Do you know who many of these eye witnesses were? The apostles! The apostles saw it all happen. The apostles went to tell everybody what they saw and heard about Jesus Christ. Now we are getting ready for a feastday for these special eye witnesses. This week, we will celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, and then, after that, we will celebrate a feast for the apostles. These men were the eye witnesses who told the good news, not on TV, but for everybody in the world to hear!
THE BIG ARGUMENT: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
Have you ever had a big argument with somebody? Even with a good friend or a brother or a sister? Even good friends can disagree about something.
Two thousand years ago, when the Christian Church was just starting, two saints of our Church had a disagreement about something. Saints Peter and Paul disagreed about how they should act with new Christians. We read in the Bible that Saint Paul told Saint Peter he was wrong. But the apostle Peter gave in. He wasn’t stubborn and angry at Paul. He knew he had made a mistake, and he gave in. They made up, and they worked together to grow the Christian Church.
This week, we celebrate the feastday of Saints Peter and Paul! We remember them for all the great things they did for the Church…but especially we remember how they worked together to do these things for God. When we have an argument, it’s easy to be stubborn and angry at the other person. But let’s remember these two great saints and how they held on to what really mattered—working for God!
Our Church sure wouldn’t be the same without these two amazing saints!
We celebrate Sts. Peter and Paul this Friday, June 29th (July 12, 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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