Weekday school

Welcome to FUMC Weekday Child Development Ministry!  


For over 60 years, The Weekday School of First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville has been touching the lives of children in Henderson County. Our church believes that each child is a child of God and should have every opportunity to develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically to the fullest potential. It is our purpose to provide that opportunity for development through safe, nurturing care for the children and families of The Weekday School.


In 2014, we earned a North Carolina license as a religious sponsored childcare provider. This license allows to better serve the families in our care by offering extending hours beyond our morning schedule.


In order to meet the growing needs of our Weekday School families for a flexible and extended schedule, we offer two unique programs five days a week--Early Birds and Lunch Bunch. Our Early Birds program begins each day at 8am. and is especially useful to parents who have early morning commitments. Lunch Bunch takes place immediately after school each day and ends at 1:30 pm. Children must bring a lunch from home. Please contact the office at 692-6673 about cost information for these two programs.


For more information (tuitions, schedules, etc.) about our Weekday School can be found in our 2017-2018 Parent Handbook. The 2017-2018 Registration Form and required Medical Form are also now available online in pdf format. Our school director, Deborah Kirkman, would love to speak with you about The Weekday School. If you would like more information about the school or information on available preschool scholarships, please contact Deborah at 828.692.6673 or email her at deborah@hvlfumc.org.

Our Beliefs and Purpose

"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God." 1 John 3:1


Our church believes that each child is a child of God and should have every opportunity to develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically to the fullest potential. It is our purpose to provide that opportunity for development through safe, nurturing care for the children and families of Weekday Child Development Ministries. We strongly believe in ongoing communication between our staff and families. We encourage visits, questions, suggestions, and participation in center activities. We will keep you informed through daily direct communication, newsletters, and bulletins.

Teacher Qualifications & Curriculum

The Weekday Preschool Ministry strives to provide love, comfort and encouragement within a framework of planned activities designed to stimulate development. We are committed to ensuring that our program is based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. Lead teachers in our Threes and Fours programs are required to have college-level training in Early Childhood or a related field. Ten hours of approved continuing education (including CPR and First Aid) is required of all staff every year. Our curriculum integrates developmentally appropriate activities with religious development and is designed to help our teachers make faith connections. We are constantly striving to attain new research and new methods, so the curriculum presented may represent different approaches. Curriculum is planned and basic outlines are give to parents through monthly calendars and periodic newsletters.

Enrichment Offerings

Chapel time with our Senior Pastor is one of the most important things that we offer our children. Many children in our community have no church affiliation, and they will not be hearing about Jesus, as we know, in public school. This may be our only opportunity to minister to these young families.


We also offer Music Time, Creative Movement and Soccer Shots

Inclement Weather Policies

In case of weather conditions that may cause closing or delays for school, please tune to WLOS channel 13 (if you have access), WHKP (cable or radio), Channel 4, or Channel 7 and watch for our listing— Hendersonville First United Methodist Preschool, or Henderson County Public Schools. 


Note: We are NOT listed as Weekday School to avoid confusion with other programs. 

  • If HCPS are closed, we will be closed. 
  • If HCPS have a 1 hour delay, we will be open from 9:30 to 12 Noon. Please use the following schedule for pick-up on 1-hour delay days: Travelers, Toddlers, Twos 11:50; Threes 12 Noon; Fours & Transitional Kindergarten 12:10. 
  • If HCPS have a 2-hour delay, we will be open from 10:20 to 1pm. (It is important to note that lunch will not be provided. Please pack a lunch!) Please use the following schedule for pick-up on 2-hour delay days: Travelers, Toddlers, Twos 12:40; Threes 12:50; Fours & Transitional Kindergarten 1pm. 
  • If HCPS are dismissed early, we will be open until all children are picked up, or until regular dismissal time. On delay days we will not have Early Birds or Lunch Bunch.
  • If HCPS has a 3-hour delay, The Weekday School will be closed.