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 you have a buddy with you, you might feel safer and stronger.
Have you ever used the buddy system? Sure, you have! Maybe a teacher or a camp counselor sent you off with a friend to do some
task. Or maybe your parents told you and a sibling to work on something together. When you have a buddy with you, you might feel safer and stronger. In today’s Gospel reading, we hear how Jesus called His first disciples. First, He saw Peter and Andrew fishing in the sea. Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Jesus called them, and they followed Him. Later, He saw two other brothers, James and John, and Jesus called them too. We know that these two sets of brothers (who were buddies too!) worked together to help the Lord. They followed Him even after Jesus had left for heaven! They used the buddy system for good.
SAINT SAMPSON: THE HOSPITABLE
Have you ever had somebody stay the night at your house? Your family probably made sure his room was clean and that you had breakfast ready for him. You probably made things comfortable so he could sleep well. Now…have you ever done that for a stranger? Saint Sampson sure did.
Sampson lived 1,500 years ago. He came from a wealthy family and he studied to be a doctor. Sampson felt sorry for the poor people in
the city, who had nobody to care for them. He decided to open up his house to be a sort of hospital for them. He gave them a free place to
eat and sleep, and he helped them with medical care.
We celebrate Saint Sampson on Sat., June 27th (OC: July 10).
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.
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.