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GROWTH: THROUGH STRENGTHENED EDUCATION PROGRAMS ST. JOSEPH’S ADOPTS ST. MICHAEL’S PRESCHOOL HOW DID ST. JOSEPH’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH MAKE THE LIFE-CHANGING DECISION TO ADOPT THE SOON-TO-CLOSE ST. MICHAEL’S PRESCHOOL? THE REV. RICHARD KELLY BRAVINE ST. JOSEPH’S PRESCHOOL STAFF PELKEY t started simply. The Rev. Canon Dr. clapped and it was unanimous, “Let’s They plan to renovate the current IAllison DeFoor of The Episcopal bring the St. Joseph’s preschool onto education building to house Preschool Diocese of Florida visited St. Joseph’s our campus.” 3, Preschool 4 and Kindergarten. Episcopal Church of Newberry to Canon DeFoor had directed St. In the second phase of growth, speak to the parish about the fact that Joseph’s to dream BIG. He asked the St. Joseph’s will expand its Parish St. Michael’s was closing. He asked parishioners to think about expanding Hall into two classrooms for frst and the vestry to please put the school in the grades. So, the offcial planning second grades. their prayers. process began to plan a private school Plans for the third phase are The Rev. Richard Pelkey, Rector starting with a kindergarten in the to build the elementary building of St. Joseph’s, prayed about this Fall of 2017, and with the goal of for Grades 3 – 5, with room for situation and called Canon DeFoor adding one grade per year. extracurricular such as art and music. the very next day and said, “I think In the future, St. Joseph’s plans They also plan to have offces in that St. Joseph’s ought to adopt the St. to purchase property to be able to this building. Michael’s preschool.” provide high-quality Christian “Parents are so excited about the The St. Joseph’s Vestry wanted education to children from 3-year move and they want quality education to adopt the St. Michael’s preschool preschool to grade 12. for their children,” reports The Rev. immediately. The Head of St. Joseph’s St. Joseph’s has already begun Pelkey, “I feel like St. Joseph’s has preschool is Kelly Bravine. When providing pastoral oversight to the St. been poised to be in this position. she and her assistant Mary Holmes Michael’s preschool, and in August Hearing God’s call has placed us reported the decision made to the 2017, they plan to move those children in a position to be able to accomplish congregation, the congregation to the St. Joseph’s location. this.” > DIOCESAN MAGAZINE | WINTER-SPRING 2017 5
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