Community Bread Oven  breadoven@wblumc.org

When on sabbatical in Tuscany attending a bread School, Pastor Bryce Johnson baked bread in a one-hundred –year-old, wood-fired brick oven. In Europe during the 1800 and early 1900s, brick ovens were the centerpiece of village life. Once or twice a week the community oven was fired, and villagers brought their homemade bread dough to the center of the village to bake. As they waited for the bread, villagers conversed with each other and politics debated. The bread was essential for building strong bodies; the oven vital to building strong community.

Before departing on this 2009 sabbatical a church member said , "When you come back, we ought to build a brick oven on the church grounds." And, we did.

Today, White Bear Lake United Methodist Church has a very unique pathway to build connections in the church and with the community, making this oven of brick, mortar and fire a centerpiece for strengthening body and soul.


Bread Oven Events & Calendar
  • Community bake days are scheduled each month throughout the year. (See event listing)
  • Bakers are requested to reserve a spot ahead of time from the church website
  • The oven has space for 16 loaves each hour; each baker can reserve up to 2 loaves per/day
  • Specifics on transporting and the baking of your bread are found here.
  • Note that we are planning to bake throughout the winter; updates will be posted on the site.

Register for Bread Classes
Email to Bread Oven Coordinator: breadoven@wblumc.org
Community Pizza Bakes
Email to Bread Oven Coordinator: breadoven@wblumc.org
Register for Bake and Take Classes
Email to Bread Oven Coordinator: breadoven@wblumc.org

Register for Community Bread Bake
Email to Bread Oven Coordinator: breadoven@wblumc.org
  • Saturday, April 5th, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM—Community Bake
  • Sunday, May 4th, 2014 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM—Community Bake

Bread Oven Events
  • Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 —U of M Bread Retreat - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 —Church Pizza Night - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 21st, 2014 —Manitou Days Pizza Lunch- 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 —Community Pizza Night - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 —Community Pizza Night - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 —Community Pizza Night - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Email to Bread Oven Coordinator: breadoven@wblumc.org

    Photos
     Solveig Tofte Class
     Community Bake Day
     Bread Classes
     Rally Day
     Rest-Full-Work Bread Class

    Bread Oven Fun Facts
    1. Project ideation: April 25, 2010
    2. Start of Building: June 28, 2010
    3. Total weeks to build: 12
    4. Total hours estimated: 1,080
    5. Average number of work days/week: 6
    6. Average number of people/day: 3
    7. Volunteers had no major construction background
    8. No accidents occurred
    9. Cost to build: $6,200
    10. Baking capacity: 16 loaves

    Resources
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    White Bear Lake United Methodist Church
    1851 Birch Street | White Bear Lake, MN 55110 | Ph: 651-429-9026 | Fx: 651-635-7257 | office@wblumc.org
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