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 asked your teacher how to do something? Sure, you have! Your teacher knows more than you do and usually knows the answer! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear about the rich man who came to Jesus and asked Him, “Good teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” This man came to Jesus, his “good teacher,” because he thought Jesus would know the answer.
SAINT EANSWYTHE OF KENT: WHAT THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS FOUND
We celebrate Saint Eanswythe tomorrow, Aug. 31st (OC: Sept. 13th). Have you ever wanted to be an archaeologist? Maybe you are…especially if you are interested in digging and finding dinosaur bones. But, of course, archaeologists look for much more than dinosaurs! In fact, just this year, in January 2020, some archaeologists discovered a saint! More than a hundred years ago, some workers found the relics (the bones) hidden in a part of a church in Folkestone, England. They thought they might be the bones of Saint Eanwythe, a princess who lived in the 600s! Saint Eanwythe wanted to become a nun, so her father, King Ethelbert, helped her build a monastery. Saint Eanwythe started this first women’s monastery in England.
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.