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.
This week: Have you ever written your name on something you were very proud of? Maybe you finished writing a story or drawing a great picture, and you were proud to sign your name on it. You might have wanted everybody to know it was your work.
Many years ago, America was just becoming a new country. The leaders had to sign the Declaration of Independence, to show that they really believed that America should break away from England. They knew it was a big deal, and the leaders had to put all their hearts into it. The first one to sign was John Hancock. He signed his name really big so that everybody could see it. He wanted everyone to know he believed America should be free.
Today, in the Epistle, we hear something a little funny. Saint Paul writes in his letter, “See with what large letters I am writing to you.” Why was he writing with such big letters? Well, because he really believed what he was writing. He was proud to be a Christian.
We can always learn from Saint Paul, but we can learn from John Hancock here too! When we are proud to be Christians, we really want to show it! When we really believe, we want everybody to know. Always remember it’s ok for others to know you are a Christian!
Click here to download your free copy of The Children’s Word. You can read the story above, do a coloring page, find your way through a maze, and learn some interesting things about crosses!
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