My mom, before we had a youth leader, used to make gingerbread houses for the youth to decorate. She had made gingerbread dough and bought the cookie cutters for the house at a cake-decorating store. She had each of us cut out and bake the dough. Then she had our parents come help and assemble the houses (meringue powder works well for frosting). On a lent activity day for the church we got to decorate the houses with our own sense of style. After our church service that day we had a gentleman auction them off for use. We made 8 houses and made 106 dollars. It was lots of fun and brought out the creative style of each of us for the church to see.