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.
Give God the Glory!
Have you ever had to admit somebody was better than you are at something? Maybe you lost an arm wrestling match, or maybe you lost a race. Maybe you lost at a spelling bee or another contest. It is humbling when we have to admit somebody is better than we are!
Today’s Gospel reading tells us about a saint who always admitted that God was better than he is. Saint John the Baptist, remember, came before his cousin, Jesus. But he told everybody about Jesus. He said, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.” Saint John knew that Christ was better than he was. He knew that Jesus Christ is God. So he knew that Jesus Christ had the real power from God! Read more and download activities.
What is your favorite day of the year? You might say your birthday or Christmas, but in the early Church even bigger than Christmas was
Theophany, when we celebrate the baptism of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As Christians, we know how important this day is!
We remember how important Holy Theophany is by the name! “Theophany” means showing of God. When our Lord was baptized in the Jordan River, God showed Himself to the world. God the Father showed His voice. God the Son was Jesus in the water. God
the Holy Spirit was shown by the dove over Jesus’s head. God showed Himself as the Holy Trinity to us. That’s why it is called Theophany!
We celebrate Holy Theophany, Jan. 6th (Jan 19, OC).
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 with your parish, church school, homeschool, family, and friends.
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.
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