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.
For the last 2,000 years, Christians have believed these things about our Lord, Jesus Christ. And many times, these Christians have been hurt or even killed because they spoke up about what they believed. Saint Paul encourages us today to speak up about our Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe, and so we speak!
Did you know you can walk where the saints once walked? You can do this all over the world—in Greece, in Russia, in Egypt,…even here in the United States. One very special saint lived at the same time as Saint Paul did, about 2,000 years ago! His name was Saint Dionysios. At first, he didn’t believe in God. He believed in many of the Greek gods.
We celebrate St. Dionysios on Thursday, Oct. 3rd (Oct. 16, 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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