A few weeks ago, we made Praying Arm Pretzels, which is part of how we get the kids thinking about Lent. This is always an incredibly popular Chapel Time activity for both the kids and the adults.
Making these pretzels is easy-peasy, and there's always a lot of interest in the recipe following the activity, so here you go:
Pretzels: A Reminder to Pray During Lent - (This is what I read to the kids before we get started) Early Christians often stood or kneeled with arms crossed over their chests while praying. The monks, to remind the children to pray during Lent, twisted bread dough to resemble praying arms. This bread was called "little arms" brachellae, later brezel, and then pretzel.
They can be formed easily from frozen bread dough.
Recipe with frozen bread dough:
Gracious God, we ask you to bless these pretzels which we are about to eat. Each time we eat pretzels this season may we be reminded that Lent is a time for prayer. Help us to remember to pray each day. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
Obviously you can make these pretzels any time of year; no matter when you make them, it's a great activity for the whole family!
On Easter, we normally cancel Sunday School for the day, but this year we thought we'd change things up a bit.
This year we will be having an Easter Egg Hunt for children in Preschool through 5th Grade. However, the older kids are invited to help the younger kids and with the hunt in general.
Before the hunt, each child will receive an egg with silly bandz formed in Easter-related shapes inside, along with a card explaining what each of those symbols stand for.
This is not just your ordinary Easter Egg Hunt, though. In the midst of all these eggs, there will be one egg that is empty - symbolizing the empty tomb. The child who finds that egg, will get a special prize.
Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we'll be able to hold our hunt outside, if not we'll be ready to move it indoors.
We're still ironing out the details of this fun event, so stay tuned, we'll keep you posted!
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