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Interview with pastor of St. Elizabeth's about preschool
Rev. Dr. C. Clark Hubbard pastor at St. Elizabeth
The Rev. Dr. C. Clark Hubbard stands outside his St. Elizabeths Episcopal Church. - photo by Photo by Evelyn Fallon

Q: Name and current job title?
A: The Rev. Dr. C. Clark Hubbard, Pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church

Q: When did you become involved with St. Elizabeth’s?                              
A: I was called to be the rector of St. Elizabeth’s in the fall of 2005.

Q: What is the overall mission of the church and programs here?                     
A: Our mission is “to invite our neighbors to join us in a personal relationship with Jesus through prayer, testimony, kindness, and fellowship.”

Q: What programs and missions does St. Elizabeth focus on locally and globally?
A: Through our community of faith the following programs have been initiated locally.    There is our Wednesday morning Women’s Bible Study, drawing women (sometimes men) not only from St. Elizabeth’s membership but other churches in the Richmond Hill area. The number of women participating will range between 30 and 50.
Our preschool provides care and education to 52 children in our area. We offer classes for 2, 3 and 4-year-old children.
Our thrift store provides inexpensive, quality clothing and other household items. Our thrift store has the more global reach, providing clothing to the homeless at Forsyth Park, Haiti and beyond.
Our prayer ministry is new. Recently, we began offering prayer at the Farmers Market at Gregory Park once a month. We have set up a booth and our prayer ministers have made themselves available from 2-7 p.m.

Q: How have you seen the programs grow and prosper?
A: Each of these three ministries has grown in ways beyond any expectation we might have had. We had no way of knowing whether they would be successful. The women’s Bible study was quite small initially, but has become a community event and service. The preschool started out with two teachers and seven students four years ago. The thrift store not only has its regular everyday ministry, but at different times may be called upon to provide resources in places of crisis. When a tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, AL and the surrounding area several springs ago, the thrift store took the initiative to bring in an eighteen wheeler to collect clothing, bedding, and other necessities to be transported to the places damage by the tornado.

Q: How does the preschool contribute to that mission?
A: Children more than any other age group need to know that Jesus loves them. This knowledge is foundational to and for the rest of their lives. In other words, they are recipients of the mission. They are the mission.

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