Let’s follow our Lord, so He can show us what our special commission is!

Have you ever gotten a special job? Have your parents or your teacher ever given you a special task that you were supposed to finish? In today’s Gospel reading, we read about how the disciples got a special job from the Lord. Jesus showed them a miracle when they were out catching fish. He called them, and then the disciples “left everything and followed Him.” God had a special task, a special job for them. He told them, “you will be catching men.” They would “catch” people to teach them and to lead them to Christ! The epistle today also tells us about a special task that Christians have.

Sharing the Harvest. St. Phocas the Gardner

Have you ever planted a garden? When it was time to pick, what did you do with your fruits or vegetables or flowers? Did you keep them for yourself or did you share them with somebody else? Long, long ago, a saint named St. Phocas planted a small garden each year. He was a little poor, but he still shared what he grew with people who were even poorer.

We celebrate St. Phocas today, September 22nd (Oct. 5, OC).

Click here to download your free copy of The Children’s Word.

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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Presvytera Alexandra Houck

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.


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