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.
Philip and Nathaniel and the other disciples saw “greater things than” the miracle in the Gospel today, and our Lord lets us see them too!
Have you ever said, “I can’t wait!”? Maybe you couldn’t wait to see a new movie, or maybe you couldn’t wait for somebody to come over and visit. Maybe you couldn’t wait to see what you got for Christmas. In today’s Gospel reading we hear the story of two men who became Jesus’s good friends and followers. They couldn’t wait to see the Messiah, the Savior! Jesus knew about them before they knew about Him, and Nathaniel was really impressed. He said, “‘You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’”
Today is only the first Sunday of Great Lent, but we can’t wait to see the awesome Resurrection in just a few weeks. Philip and Nathaniel and the other disciples saw “greater things than” the miracle in the Gospel today, and our Lord lets us see them too!
SAINT SYMEON: THE THEOLOGIAN
Saint Symeon grew up in a noble family and he had a good education. He studied hard so he could grow smart. But when he was 14, he
learned from another Symeon, who was a monk. The older Symeon told him about prayer and about a more simple life. Then, the
younger Symeon wanted to change to follow this simple, holy life. Saint Symeon died just about a thousand years ago, but he wrote
many things that we can still read today. He tells us how he knew God so well and so closely, and how other Christians can too.
We celebrate St. Symeon on Thursday, March 12 (March 25, 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.