Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the Holy Spirit’s descent on the followers of Jesus Christ. Prophesied in the Old Testament and as a promise from Jesus, the Holy Spirit was sent into the Church and the world. As such, Pentecost is often called the birthday of the Church. With Pentecost approaching, how can you prepare for that day with your grandkids?
Do Arts and Crafts
Your arts and crafts ideas can revolve around a Pentecost theme, that of doves. As a powerful symbol of the Holy Spirit, you can hang some artistic dove shapes around your house. Simply print out several dove shapes and take some time to paint them with watercolors, or fill them in using crayons! This simple activity is suitable for kids of all ages and interactive enough for all parties to have a good time. You and your grandkids can also write out the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the doves and talk about what each gift means to you. Through this simple activity, you can share personal testimonies or stories from the Gospel with your grandkids too.
Organize an Obstacle Course
Another fun activity you can engage in with your grandkids is a small obstacle course in your backyard. Help to blindfold your grandkids and have them walk through an obstacle course by listening out for your instructions. You can tell them to step over a beanbag, avoid a watering can obstacle, or turn in a circle to reach the end destination. The activity is an analogy for listening out for the voice of the Holy Spirit and is a good reminder that God will always be our guide.
Read the Bible
In preparing for Pentecost, nothing beats a shared reading session of the Bible. Read the story of Pentecost in Acts 2:1–31. Engage in a discussion about the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how we can encounter the love of God. Talk about important words and symbols such as God’s presence or the breath of God. Children of all ages can benefit from a personal sharing and bible sharing session with you.
After reading the bible together, everyone can take part in a light-hearted song and dance session! Check out some Pentecostal songs on Youtube, or Spotify, and teach your grandkids some simple movements that encapsulate the meaning in the songs. You can easily find some of the hymns and worship songs from church online. Moreover, if your grandkids are familiar with these songs, it’ll make it easier for everyone to enjoy the singing session.
Celebrating Pentecost in Our Active Independent Living Community
Preparing for Pentecost can be a simple and joyous affair with your loved ones when you keep these activities in mind. Moving into an active independent living community does not mean you’ll lose access to your loved ones. Residents in our retirement community enjoy the benefits of our Connections Transportation program, which can provide you with an unparalleled sense of freedom and independence. Simply let our chauffeurs know where and when to drive you to your destination and you’ll be able to celebrate Pentecost with your family and loved ones!