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.
Growing Strong Roots
Have you ever looked at a tree, after it has fallen down? Sometimes we forget how deep the roots of a tree are. One tree expert says that they can grow as much as 20 feet below ground! That’s taller than your house! We don’t see the roots underground. But roots are so important, aren’t they? They keep the whole tree standing up.
Without strong roots, a tree would fall over, just like that.
Today we hear the Gospel story about the person who plants seeds. Then we hear about what happens to these seeds. Let’s think about some of these seeds—the ones that fall on rock. Those ones are those who, “when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.”
THE HOLY THIEF: GOD FORGIVES A SINNER!
We celebrate the Good Thief tomorrow, October 12th.
Think back to Holy Week. Do you remember the story of Christ
on the Cross? Do you remember how Christ was nailed to a Cross, along with two thieves? Even though our Lord was perfect, even though He hadn’t done anything wrong, He was punished along with two awful thieves. But those two thieves were very different! One of them made fun of Jesus. The other one asked Jesus to forgive him. And our Lord did forgive him. He forgave that good thief, and gave him the best gift ever! Christ told the good thief, “Truly, today you will be with Me in paradise.”
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.