In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants experience a form of reconciling prayer in the process of handling and baking bread.
Tell the children:
In medieval times, Christian monks taught the people to pray by crossing their hands across their chest. The pretzel shape reflects this prayerful attitude. One Unitarian Universalist minister described a bedtime prayer as containing three parts: something you are thankful for, something you are sorry about, and something you are glad about.
Tell the group they each will make an individual pretzel prayer bread, to symbolize this type of prayer.
If you have purchased frozen bread loaves, divide each loaf of dough into eight pieces by cutting once lengthwise and four times across. If you have frozen dinner rolls, give one to each child.
Invite the children to flour their hands and the table surface (so dough will not stick). Show them how to roll their dough into a snake, lay the dough snake on a cookie sheet, and form the pretzel shapes. Do this by bringing the ends of the dough down and crossing one over the other once. Lift the ends up and push them lightly into the curved top of the dough to form a pretzel shape.
Invite children to sprinkle their pretzels with salt. Cover cookie sheets, and let dough rise for five minutes. Then, bake the pretzels for eight to ten minutes at the temperature suggested on the frozen dough package, or until golden brown.
Engage participants to help clean up worktables.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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