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 gotten really, really dirty? Maybe you played outside in the mud. Or maybe you ran around in the woods on a hot and sticky day. Well, after that, did you take a shower or a bath? It feels so good to get clean after being so dirty. Sometimes we might not even want to get clean, but afterwards, we feel great!
Today, in the epistle reading, Saint Paul tells us about a different kind of clean. He tells us how God makes a promise to us. When we are clean on the inside, when our souls are clean, God says, “I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Saint Paul tells us, “Let us cleanse ourselves…and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.”
HOMETOWN HEROES: THE SAINTS OF CYPRUS
We celebrate the saints of Cyprus on the first Sunday in October! Do you watch sports? Do you have a favorite team? Sometimes you might hear about a sports player who is from your same town, or your same state. You might have a special pride for where you come from, and you’ll cheer extra hard for him or her. Today is the first Sunday of October, and today we celebrate a special nameday. We remember all the saints of the island of Cyprus.
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.
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.