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.
Have you ever been somewhere when you didn’t know anybody there? Maybe on the first day of school, or even at a party or another activity, you looked around the room and didn’t know anybody! Sometimes we can feel so alone, even when we are with others!
In the epistle reading today, Saint Paul tells us that when we are Christians, we are never alone. He writes, “Then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.” Saint Paul means that, when we are Christians, we are part of a community. We are part of a family. We are part of a “household of God.” And when we are part of these things, we aren’t alone. Even when you go to a church you’ve never been to before, you aren’t a stranger. You are part of the Christian family!
As Christians, we are always joined together with the saints and the other members of the Church! We can always know we have a friend with us. And all of us are joined together to our Lord Jesus Christ.
SAINT GEORGE OF CERNICA
Have your parents ever told you to clean your room? Or, have you ever done it yourself…without being told? You might not like to do it, but afterwards, it feels good to have a neat and clean place!
Saint George of Cernica was a saint who fixed up— not just a room—but a whole monastery, and then another one too! When Saint George was young, he knew he wanted to grow closer to God. And the way he chose to do that was to become a monk. Saint George learned the life of a monk on Mount Athos, in Greece. But later on, he came back to his homeland of Romania.
We celebrate this Saint George Mon., Dec. 3rd (Dec. 16th 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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