For the faithful, Pylypivka is a time of preparing our hearts and lives for the coming Christmas season. It’s characterized by fasting or the abstinence of certain foods, prayer, attending pre-Christmas services, and acts of charity to others.
A Pylypivka prayer service was held on Tuesday, November 29 at 9:00 A.M. in the school gymnasium. During the course of the prayer service, this year’s Pylypivka theme was introduced to the students.
|A few photos from the Pylypivka prayer service held on November 29
This year’s theme for Pylypivka at IHMS was “Look Around the Manger”. In order to give the students a concrete visualization of the power of this idea, a Christmas manger was set up in the front foyer of the school. The manger started off completely empty, and each day a new tiny figure (such as a stable animal, each of the Three Wise Men, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus) were added. The idea behind this exercise was to create interest among the students and also to encourage them to “Look Around the Manger”.
|The manger starts out empty
|New figures appear each day
IHMS will also be undertaking a school wide Christian service project during Pylypivka to raise money for disadvantaged people in Third World countries. This project is being spearheaded by a group of grade 7&8 students called SMAC (Students Making a Change), and the goal is to raise money for health clinics in the South American country of Equador.
|Equador is a small under developed country in northwestern South America
|So far, the S.M.A.C. team has raised over $1000 selling poinsettia plants as their initial fundraising project. The poinsettias were supplied by Shelmerdine’s Garden Centre (they came in several different varieties) and sold for $20 each.
After the Christmas season the Angels will be sent home with each of the students that sold them. The Angels are then given to the clients who purchased them as a keepsake in memory of their loved ones.Each Mary’s Angel can be purchased for $5.00, or a package of three for $15.00. Order forms will be sent out soon after the first Pylypivka Service.