Here is an Easter activity with a difference: can you make up some bread dough, and create shapes to share the Easter story with your family ? If you don’t have any bread flour & yeast, you can still join in by making the shapes out of leaves / twigs or stones.

Ingredients: 500g strong bread flour, 1.5 teaspoons instant yeast, 350ml warm water, 1.5 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, 25g butter. 1 marshmallow.

Method: mix all ingredients except the marshmallow to form a dough, knead for 10 minutes. Put the dough in a bowl with cling film on top somewhere warm to rise for 1 hour (sunny window cill / airing cupboard). Then shape the dough to make the following items, a question mark, an x, a heart, a cross, and lastly a round bread roll. If you have a marshmallow, can you hide it inside the round roll? Place these shapes onto a greased baking tray, cover with greased cling film and leave to rise somewhere warm for 1 hour. Then remove cling film, glaze with beaten egg or milk, and bake for 25 minutes in a hot oven 200 degrees C.

When your bread items are baked and cooled you can tell everyone the Easter story.

? There is a big question in our hearts as to why Jesus died on the cross.

X We all do wrong things.

Heart : God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to our world, to be the one to pay the price for our sins.

Cross: Jesus took all the bad things (our sin) on him when he died on the cross.

Bread roll with the marshmallow inside it: They put Jesus’ body into the tomb.

Cut the roll open: Jesus did not stay dead, He beat death, he rose from the dead. The tomb was empty.

Watch the recipe being made in a mini time lapse film here

May you know a deep sense of God with you and revealing himself to you all this Easter.

Missing you all so much,

love Helen Buick ( Children’s leader)