The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Snack on this

California congregation teaches day campers to prepare healthy snacks

Youth attending the day camp aftercare program at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Berkeley, Calif., think they are just enjoying the snacks they had fun making. And they are.

But Catherine Baca says they are learning more than just the pleasure of cooking for themselves and others. She developed Bible Time Cooking to teach habits that lead to healthy eating, educate about biblical culture, provide lessons on hospitality and manners, and ensure that the youth eat a healthy snack in the afternoon.

Bible Time Cooking has three parts:

• Circle time.

Catherine Baca<BR><BR>Will Traynor
Will Traynor (left), Dan Kreter-Killian and Connor Robertson, all members of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Berkeley, Calif., and Charlie McGinley, Emerson Schwarz and Jack Cockle from All Souls Episcopal Church, Berkeley, enjoy whole wheat pitas with cheese, dates and goats' milk during Bible Time Cooking. Day camp youth who stay for the aftercare program at Shepherd of the Hills make their own snacks using organic foods and whole grains, all while learning about biblical culture.

Youth might gather to learn about Bible food rules (for example: no shellfish; throw crumbs under the table for the dogs; men and boys eat first). Baca sometimes introduces foods, passing around spices, lentils or wheat. Another option is to tell a Bible story in which food plays an important role.

• Snack time.

The youth snack on foods they prepared earlier in the week. They eat biblically, with a boys'/men's table and a girls'/women's table. Parents, grandparents and parishioners are invited to snack time and join the appropriate table.

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