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.
Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck!
This week: Have you ever visited a very big church? One where you felt very small, and the priest and the altar seemed very far away from you? Well, nowadays we have lots of other Christians. But after Christ lived on earth, the Christian Church had to grow and grow. Many people were learning about who Jesus Christ was and what He did for us all!
In those years, there were no big huge churches. People gathered together in houses. They prayed together. They celebrated the Holy Eucharist (Communion). They ate together and learned about God together.
In today’s Epistle reading, Saint Paul writes about some Christians who didn’t worship in a big, huge church. He writes, “Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord.” These two (Aquila and Prisca) were great helpers for Saint Paul. They loved God very much. They were very faithful and they wanted to tell other people about Him! So, they invited Christians to come together to worship in their house.
Archeologists have found some of these house churches from almost two thousand years ago!
To read this and other stories, click here to download your free copy of The Children’s Word. You’ll find a story about St. Phoebe, a coloring page, a scrambled message, and an icon activity.
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