I am in charge of our church group’s ten and eleven year-old Activity Day girls. These girls are full of energy and enthusiasm. It is fun to spend time with them. A few weeks ago, we had a really great activity that I wanted to share.
We made bread for the Sacrament.
I didn’t tell them what we were making. Only that we were baking something special and I had them bring their scriptures.
When they arrived, I gave them each a recipe card like this one. (But told them not to look at the back yet.)
Here’s a printable PDF version:
I had them sit down and perform the ingredient hunt in their scriptures. (The only tricky one, was the yeast. There is no “yeast” in the scriptures. Just “leavening” or “leavener.” I just explained that we used a different word now.)
Once they had found out what we were making and what the ingredients were, we talked about the Sacrament. I told them that we were going to make this bread and donate it to be used on Sunday during the Sacrament.
They were so excited! I think it made them feel special and it made the Sacrament even more special. They were also blown away that somebody had to provide the bread each week. They had never considered that before. They just assumed it materialized out of the atmosphere. The anticipation for Sacrament Meeting on Sunday was killing them!
After our discussion, we went to the kitchen where they measured and added the ingredients and took turns kneading the dough. We set that aside to rise and I told them I would finish it later.
I had made and baked a batch ahead of time. We sliced one of the pre-made loaves and let them eat it with a little honey butter. It was awesome.
I had contacted the people responsible for providing the bread that Sunday (which varies by Ward, but our Ward Greeters rotate bringing the bread.) When the batch the girls made was finished, I delivered the bread and it was used on Sunday. The girls were so proud.
This was an activity that helped them learn about the importance of the Sacrament (part of the requirements of Learning and Living the Gospel), the skill of bread making (Developing Talents) and the feeling of service (Serving Others) by providing the bread for the Sacrament. One of the most rewarding activities we’ve had!