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Mobberly Breaks Ground on New Preschool Building

Posted: September 25, 2017

Mobberly Baptist Church broke ground on a new preschool building on Sunday, Sept. 24 on the Longview campus located at 625 E. Loop 281. Mobberly members gathered after the morning services at the site of the new construction, which will house almost 20,000 square feet of new preschool space. Those in attendance joined together in song and prayer before cheering as ceremonial shovels turned the first scoops of dirt.

Construction on the new facility will begin immediately.

The expanded and enhanced facilities will allow Mobberly to engage families with more space, provide increased safety and expand the abilities of the special needs ministry.

"Mobberly is reaching families and loves children," Dr. Glynn Stone, Mobberly's senior pastor, said. "When God blesses the home, the blessings in the church are not far behind."

The new 38,1000 square foot building replaces a portable building located behind The Crossing building on the 150-acre campus, which housed three kindergarten classes. The second level will have 19,817 square feet of space for preschool children, doubling the current space used by the preschool ministry at Mobberly. The facility for three and four year olds and kindergarten aged children will have 12 classrooms, a suite for Mobberly's Leaps and Bounds special needs ministry, two large multipurpose spaces and a gathering area with an indoor playground.

"We recognize that the first five years of a child's life are the most important years for building foundations of love, trust and security," Analisa Hood, Mobberly's minister to children, said. "With that in mind, we look forward with great excitement to this additional space that will offer a safe and caring environment for preschoolers to gather and learn how much God loves them and how very special they are."

The 18,283 square foot ground floor of the facility will be left undeveloped. The function has not been defined for this area, but it could serve as additional children and adult classrooms, or office space.

Mobberly is working with Thacker Davis Architects and Transet Co. on the project. Early plans call for the building to be opened by the fall of 2018.

The preschool building is one of four components of Mobberly's Engage10K capital campaign.

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