It’s Friday and almost noon. The muffled voices of little people waft down the office hallway as a small group of preschoolers make their way with their teacher from the playground to the restrooms to wash their hands. The Potrero Preschool kids are getting ready for lunch.
For more than 20 years our church facility has provided a home for the Potrero Canyon Preschool run by Terry and Suzanne McGowan. And it’s been a great relationship. While there have always been minor scheduling hurdles to blend the preschool’s use of our
facilities with Sanctuary’s weekday ministries, the benefits both to our church and to the preschool have always made it well worthwhile. Potrero has thrived as a community preschool and we have benefited from the rental income and have loved having the caring staff and bright little people around our campus during the week.
Then came the announcement this spring that Suzanne would be retiring as Preschool owner and director come the 2019-2020 school year. Potential new leadership, carrying forward Potrero’s legacy, wanted to explore an extended lease agreement of five years or more to insure the Preschool’s ongoing viability. All of which stirred our elder leadership team to consider an old idea that we’d broached in years past: providing our own faith-based preschool program.
While launching such an endeavor would be ambitious, with very little hesitation our leadership team soon came to a unanimous agreement that this was a venture we wanted to pursue. So, the decision was made that with the expiration of Potrero’s current lease in June of 2019, we would take on the challenge of seeing a Christian faith-based preschool launched here on our campus.
Now with that decision come new hurdles on our horizon. There’s real work to be done to lay the groundwork for this new ministry, and Potrero will need to find a new location for their school year that begins in the fall of 2019. On the one hand we are very encouraged by the interest already expressed by some in our church family to pursue this new opportunity. At the same time, we are praying for a smooth transition to a new location and facility for Potrero as well.
We’ll keep you in touch with plans as things begin to take shape. But, would you join me now in praying that Potrero will find a good new home for their school and that we will see the right team put in place here to lead us into this new faith-based venture.
We know that God loves families and wants them to thrive. We know too that a child’s youngest years are foundational to their developing a worldview that sees God’s love for them in Christ at its center. We believe that now’s the right time for us to pursue this plan for partnering with parents in the great calling we have together to raise our kids to know and love the Lord.