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.
Are you still growing? Sometimes, we might think we are pretty much all grown up. But then, when we look back on it, we know we weren’t! We grow in how tall we are, and how much we weigh, and how much we know, and how much we can do. But we also grow in our faith too! We grow in what we know about God and His Church, too.
In the epistle today, Saint Paul writes to the new Christians. He writes, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened.” Saint Paul says that they want to know more about God, but they don’t know everything yet.
SAINTS JULITTA AND KYRIKOS
You’ve probably read a book or watched a movie that started very sad and maybe ended, “happily ever after.” This week
we hear a story of two saints that really does end “happily ever after”! Saint Julitta lived many years ago during the
time when many Christians were hurt and persecuted and even killed just for being Christians. Julitta lived during the time of the emperor Diocletian, the same emperor who killed Saint George. Julitta’s husband died young, and so Saint Julitta had to raise her little son, Kyrikos, all by herself. She knew it was her job to make sure he grew up to be a strong and faithful Christian.
We celebrate Saints Julitta and Kyrikos on Wed. July 15th (OC: July 28).
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.