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.
God Works Wonders
If you ever go to Europe, you will probably visit dozens of churches. The most beautiful buildings—in Greece, Germany,
France, and other places—are churches! The first one you visit, you say, “Wow! Amazing!” The second one, you say, “Pretty cool!” But the tenth one, you might just say, “Oh. Another big church.”
But each one is a masterpiece. And each one probably took years and years to build! Today, we hear about yet another miracle that our Lord did for a person. Once again, He heard about a person who was paralyzed—he couldn’t
walk. Jesus wanted to help the man. So He did. He healed him, and changed his life forever.
SAINT ELIZABETH THE GRAND DUCHESS
When Elizabeth, the Grand Duchess of Russia, was married, the world called her the most beautiful woman in the
world. But she became even more beautiful with what she did in her life. Elizabeth lived in Russia in a time when people did not have much freedom, and life was dangerous, especially for the royal family. A rebel killed her own husband right in front of her eyes. But Elizabeth showed Christian love, and she visited the man in prison and forgave him. She asked him to become a Christian.
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.