Millbrook Baptist Preschool is about to celebrate 50 years of learning, and the school is inviting all current, former and future students to the party.
The preschool program at Millbrook Baptist Church was organized in 1965 by the Rev. Jack Bullard. At the time it was called Millbrook Baptist Kindergarten, even though through the years it offered more than kindergarten, serving children from ages 1 through 5.
The last official kindergarten class ended in 2010, and the name was changed to Millbrook Baptist Preschool to more accurately reflect the ages of the children.
Students attend a special chapel service each week. Sheila Alderman, who has been teaching music and movement at the preschool since 1991, assists with the service.
“Teaching the children Bible stories through reading and singing songs has been a delight over the years,” Alderman said. “Though the stories are old and familiar to us as adults, seeing them as new through the eyes of children strengthens my faith every week. Their comments and questions are always fresh and inspiring. We have quite a culturally diverse population at the preschool this year and we love teaching everyone about Jesus.”
Over the next 50 years, the focus of the preschool will remain the same.
“MBP will continue to be a special place that provides a Christian atmosphere in which each child can grow to their full potential with a staff that is supportive of each other and families,” said preschool director Suzanne Holleman.
The 50th anniversary celebration will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the church at 1519 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. There will be a memorabilia display, bounce houses, photo booth, a children’s train ride, a Lowe’s Build and Grow Project kit activity, tattoos and face painting.
There will also be barbecue sandwiches, chicken strips, water and desserts available for purchase.
The Methodist Federation for Social Action North Carolina Conference is hosting its annual conference, the Jack Crum Conference of Prophetic Ministry.
This year the focus is “Dare to Hear: An Honest Conversation about Race and the End to White Privilege”
The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Street, Durham. Registration is $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $10 for students. Breakfast and lunch are included.
To pay to attend, go to www.mfsancc.org and click the donate button; or mail a check made out to MFSA NC to MFSA NC, c/o Henry Jarrett, PO Box 18311, Raleigh NC 27619.
Caraleigh Baptist Church will present a 22-week study of the book of Revelations, the final book in the Bible.
Jackie Hodge, wife of Caraleigh’s Rev. Bruce Hodge, will lead the program that begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the church at 1400 Green St., Raleigh.
Jackie Hodge has led this Bible study before that melds the various scholarly interpretations of Revelations into information that is easy to understand. The Bible study series is free.
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