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.
Our Lord Knew the Future
Have you ever wished you could know the future? Who you’d meet, where you’d live, where you’d work? Or maybe you just wondered who would win a ballgame. Wouldn’t it be great? And if you knew the future, would you do anything differently today?
We have just two weeks until Pascha (Easter), and today, we read a Gospel passage that shows that Jesus really did know the future. The Gospel tells us, “At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, ‘Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes… and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise.” Jesus knew where He was going. He knew what would happen to Him. Jesus knew the future!
SAINT MARY OF EGYPT: A SAINT WHO REPENTED
Have you ever wanted something very much…but you couldn’t have it? Sometimes we might think of little things like toys or candy, and we really think we are missing out! But today, on the 5th Sunday of Great Lent, we remember a saint who wanted something big very much… and she couldn’t have it for a long time. As a young woman, Saint Mary of Egypt made a lot of mistakes in her life. But one day, she tried to go to church, and the doors would not open! Then, Mary realized she needed to change her bad ways. So she spent many years in the desert, praying and asking God for forgiveness. She focused on God and tried to grow closer to Him.
We celebrate St. Mary of Egypt today, the fifth Sunday of Lent.
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, home school, 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.
During this Time of Uncertainty for Kids
- Create a safe place for conversation. Create a spot for your kids to talk about what makes them scared. Many times just speaking it out dispels the fear.
- Be honest. You yourself experience fear. Sometimes kids are reluctant to admit what makes them feel scared. There’s nothing that breaks down walls better than humility. There’s comfort in knowing other people, especially their mom or dad, also experience fear.
- Teach Them. Prayer is the go-to when they are feeling fearful. Nothing brings a sense of peace and calm like talking to Jesus. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. — Philippians 4:6
- Printable Materials. Supplemental Children’s activity books and drawings. OCN also brings you a weekly Children’s Word. It is a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Each week, Presvytera Alexandra Houck writes this 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, and share it with your parish, church school, homeschool, family, and friends. Each issue includes a message on the Sunday Gospel lesson and one of the saints for the week. You will also find a coloring page and other activities. It is designed for an 8.5 x 14 page, so that it can be printed and folded.
- Read Scriptures Together. One of the most significant ways to have peace of mind in today’s rapidly changing situation is to read Holy Scriptures. The Scriptures have remained the same for 2000 years. Share that fact with your children. There is not much else that has not changed that has done more good for people on earth than His Word! So read on with confidence and conviction that God is with you and your family. God’s word is truth, and the truth is that God does not want us to carry fear in our hearts. He is longing for us to bring those fears to Him. Jesus Walks on the Water (Mt 14:22-34)/27. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Do not carry fear in your heart Romans 8:15. Psalms. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. — Psalm 56:3. I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. — Psalm 34:4. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
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