The name "Susanna Wesley Early Education Ministry" was chosen to honor Susanna Wesley the "mother" of Methodism and an exceptional educator. Ministry was also included because the overall program is a ministry to the children, the parents, and the church.

This ministry operates as an outreach of Huntsville First United Methodist Church and is just one way the church expresses its call to "influence our community to know Christ."   Just as Jesus emphasized the importance of children, our church maintains an environment where children are nurtured morally, intellectually, and physically.

The Susanna Wesley Early Education Ministry (SWEEM) offers combined full and half day programs, for infants through Kindergarten (5 years old). The instruction and care activities takes place in a Christian atmosphere filled with warmth, love, compassion, and enthusiasm.

The programs of this Ministry will meet or exceed the standards established by the Alabama Department of Human Resources for day care centers.


Susanna Wesley Early Education Ministry is open to any child.  Preference is given in this order:

  1. Children of SWEEM Staff
  2. Children already in the program
  3. Siblings of children in the program
  4. Church Members on Waiting List
  5. Nonmembers on Waiting List
  6. Community at large


Amy Vandergrift, director

Kari Smith, assistant director 

or 539-5738, EXT. 220

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Amy Vandergrift, SWEEM Director

Please Click Here for the 2015-2016 SWEEM Bible Story Calendar 


Please Click Here for the 2016-2017 SWEEM Calendar 


All SWEEM programs
will follow the
Huntsville City Schools
schedule for closing when     inclement weather occurs.

If the schools close early,
SWEEM will close 30 minutes before the schools, so that parents may pick up
SWEEM children first.

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Staff Application Form