Amazing Grace Early Learning Center is now open!!

UPDATE as of 11/7/2018

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Our Early Learning Center is growing!  The Infants Class and Ones classes are full, we have about 14 open spots in the 2’s, 3’s and 4’s combined.   

2’s, 3’s and 4’s love going to chapel every Wednesday with Pastor Rockey.  In addition to chapel, all classes have Jesus Time each day.   

We are very excited about the addition of a playhouse to our playground.  It was built and painted by church members and we are so thankful.  The students love it! 

Staff members hosted a booth at the Wildwood Spooktakular Friday event, giving out candy and water and information about our Center. 

We are thankful to Trinity Lutheran Church in Summerfield for hosting the Spuds & Splits Fundraiser which raised just over $3000. 

3 and 4 year olds will be leading a Thanksgiving chapel on Wednesday, November 21 at 11 a.m.  Anyone is welcome!

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Groundbreaking ceremony for the Amazing Grace Early Learning Center (ELC) occurred at noon on October 15, 2017.   Below are photos commemerating the event: See below for building process.

  Pastor Rockey

Pastor Rockey

 Marla Adrian-ELC Board, Laurie Ullery-ELC Board, Jeff Robinson-Board of Directors President, Pastor Ron Biel-ELC Board, Chap Dinkins-Dinkins Construction and Pastor Rockey

Marla Adrian-ELC Board, Laurie Ullery-ELC Board, Jeff Robinson-Board of Directors President, Pastor Ron Biel-ELC Board, Chap Dinkins-Dinkins Construction and Pastor Rockey

 Turning the first shovels

Turning the first shovels

 Members present for the event.

Members present for the event.

                               

“The Construction Continues…Building an Early Learning Center to serve our Community in Christ’s name!”  November 29, 2017

 6:00 AM concrete pour

6:00 AM concrete pour

 Concrete trucks unloading

Concrete trucks unloading

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 Concrete leveling

Concrete leveling

Bill Ward (Dinkins Construction) placing the Bible into the footer under the front door of our new Early Learning Center.

AMAZING GRACE INSTALLS FIRST EARLY LEARNING CENTER DIRECTOR – On February 4, Amazing Grace installed Julie Bedard as the first Director of their new Early Learning Center ministry.  Julie comes with more than 30 years of experience, including starting such ministries in three prior congregations. 

Construction of the 6,000 square foot facility is on schedule to be completed by early April and work is underway to open August  2018.  This ministry will serve children 6 weeks – PreK.  Pastor James Rockey states that “The congregation responded sacrificially to make this possible!”  He added, “I am humbled and thankful to see the congregation so excited about the Lord calling them to serve the growing community surrounding The Villages…especially considering we’ve only been here ten years!” 

 From left to right: Mark Brink-Executive Director of School Ministries & Youth Ministry; James Rockey-Pastor of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church ; Julie Bedard-Director of Early Learning Center and Greg Walton-President of the Florida-Georgia District, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

From left to right: Mark Brink-Executive Director of School Ministries & Youth Ministry; James Rockey-Pastor of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church ; Julie Bedard-Director of Early Learning Center and Greg Walton-President of the Florida-Georgia District, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.