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.
Do you live in a big city or a little, tiny town? God can make little, humble places be impressive.
In this week’s Gospel reading, we hear about where our Lord, Jesus Christ lived. After He was baptized, Christ started His ministry—His real work! The Gospel tells us that Jesus lived in Galilee, “by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali.” This place was not a big city with lots going on! It wasn’t impressive and it didn’t have much there at all. But Jesus lived there because the prophets said the light would come from “the land of Zebulun and Naphtali, toward the sea.” The light was Christ, and His light is still with us today!
God can make little, humble places be impressive. God can make great things come from little towns with not much going on. Even if you live in a little town and go to a little, tiny church with just a few other kids, if you have that same light of Christ, great things can happen. Did you know that many saints of our Church came from humble places? We know about them because they kept the light of Christ, and that light spreads all around! Read more and download activities.
SAINT ATHANASIOS: A SAINT WHO WOULDN’T GIVE UP!
This week we celebrate the nameday of Saint Athanasios, a saint who wouldn’t give up about something very important. When St. Athanasios lived (1700 years ago), there was a priest named Arius who told people something about our Lord, Jesus Christ. Arius told everybody that Jesus Christ wasn’t God. Arius said that Jesus Christ was just a man! Read more and download activities.
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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