Special Events




2019 Lenten Soup for the Soul Gatherings & Special Worship

As part of our Lenten Journey the United Methodist churches of Aquidneck Island will come together on each Thursday during Lent to share in soup to nourish our bodies, a spiritual massage to stretch our souls and the opportunity to become better friends in Christ.  Please see the Calendar for these events.



      “Making of Little Arms: Bracellae–Remembrance of things Past-


Long ago, Lent was a time of sadness, when early Christians felt they should suffer. For forty days they ate no rich foods, no meat, cheese, eggs, or even milk. They baked a bread shaped into arms crossed in prayer. They called the bread Bracellae, the Latin word for “Little AIms”.

Christian customs spread to Central and Northern Europe. The people there said Pretzel instead of Bracellae, and so the word later became Pretzel. The Sunday before Ash Wednesday was known as Pretzel Sunday to remind people to think about the meaning of Lent and to bake the bread for use during Lent. With the arrival of Easter, pretzels would disappear for another year.

It wasn’t until the 1800’s that people began to eat the tasty little breads year round. You and your family can also observe this custom by making pretzels following the recipe below. 


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

1 package dry yeast                              1 tsp. sugar     

1 1/2 cups warm water                        4 cups flour

1 tsp. salt                                                   1 egg – beaten

coarse salt (Kosher)

Dissolve yeast in warm water (about 110 degrees). Stir in sugar and 1 tsp. regular salt. Add 2 cups flour – work in remainder.

Knead until smooth. Let rise 1 hour in greased bowl.

Shape, brush with egg, salt.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 15 minutes.