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.
Building the Foundation
Have you ever tried to build something together with a friend or with a brother or sister? A sand castle? A Lego construction? A fort out in the woods? When you build something, you know you have to start off the right way, or else it might not work!
In today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul tells us the same thing. Saint Paul wanted to help build something really great, the Church of Christ! He writes, “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it…No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
As Christians, we want to start off the right way. And thank God, we have lots of people to help us build the foundation the right way. Your parents teach you about God and His love. Your godparents baptized you so you could follow Christ. Your priest teaches you and gives you the sacraments.
Your church school teachers teach you things about His Church. Camp counselors and other friends in your church help lead you to Christ too. All of these people are builders too, and they are helping you build the right foundation inside you, “which is Jesus Christ.” Thank God for your builders!
PASCHA IN AUGUST? THE GREAT FEAST OF DORMITION
We celebrate the feast of the Dormition on Aug. 15th (OC: Aug. 28th). In springtime, we celebrate the great feast of Christ’s Resurrection. You might call that special day Easter, or you might call it Pascha. Pascha means “passing over.” We remember how our Lord, Jesus Christ, “passed over” death to life again. We know that our Lord is living, watching over us still.
We celebrate another Pascha too, and we celebrate it this week! This feastday is called the Dormition, and some people call it another Pascha, because God’s mother, the Theotokos, “passed over” death into life. We know that the Theotokos is living too, and she is watching over us too!Orthodox Christians celebrate this day in a big way! Pascha in April is a celebration, but this is a celebration too. God gave us life when He rose from the dead, but Mary gave us life too when she gave baby Jesus life. So, we have to celebrate!
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.