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.
When we look to our Lord, Jesus Christ, we know that we can make a good change, just like the man in the Gospel today did. Can
you think of a change you can make?
Have you ever fixed something yourself? A toy or a bike or a torn book? Sometimes you might get used to having something broken, but when you fix it, you can sure enjoy your toy or bike or book much better. In today’s Gospel reading, we hear about some people who had a friend who was sick and couldn’t walk. They wanted to help him, so they decided to do something about it. Everyone knew how Jesus had healed people before, and the Gospel tells us that “many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door.” But still these men wanted to help their friend… they knew they wanted Jesus to heal him!
Then, do you remember what they did? They took the roof off, and lowered him through. Jesus saw how much they wanted their friend to be healed, and He healed the paralyzed man.
ST. TROPHIMOS AND ST. EUKARPION
Have you ever been given a second chance? A do-over? God gave these two saints a do-over. Saint Trophimos and Saint Eukarpion were soldiers under the evil Emperor Maximian. Maximian did not like Christians (and neither did these two saints, at first). In fact, their job was to find and arrest Christians—whether they were men, women, or children. Christians knew about these two men, and they were afraid
We celebrate these saints on Wednesday, March 18th (March 31, 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.