What is MOPS?
No, this is not a group for people who like to clean. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, but don’t let that fool you. As you will quickly learn, this is a faith-based group for moms with kids of all ages to come together, support each other, build relationships, grow as parents, and enjoy some “me time”.
We are compelled by the movement of Jesus Christ and invite others to explore their own faith journey toward him. (John 14:6)
We believe in God’s redemptive work in the world which encourages us to be playful in spirit, generous at heart and faith-filled in confession. (Matthew 6:33)
We are passionate proponents for the value of motherhood and the influence of women. (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Every mom has a place with us. We uphold a boldness of inclusion because know there is room for a vast collage of women who thirst for Jesus. (Revelation 22:17)
Known By What We Are For:
We look to Jesus’ footsteps for how to walk through the world, which allows us to be radically gracious in expression and association. (Matthew 22:36-40)
We lead communication of a timeless message to a culture of many voices, dialects and backgrounds. (1 Corinthians 9:22)
We build circles of women who love each other like family, because we believe in the transformative potential of relationship and mentoring. (Hebrews 10:25)
For more information about MOPS, please visit www.mops.org
Who is this group for?
This group is for anyone who is a mom. It’s that simple! Whether your child is in your belly or they’re infants, children, teens, or adults with their own kids, you are a mom and this group is for you.
When and where does this group meet?
We will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from September through May.
The first meeting of the month will be at Eden Church in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00p-8:30p, where we’ll delve deeper into our theme for the year, Decide to Rise. If we are meeting in person, dinner will be provided and childcare will be available so you can enjoy your meal while it’s still hot. If COVID restrictions and guidelines won’t allow us to meet in person, we will be meeting through Zoom. Please contact Susan Newby at firstname.lastname@example.org for login and password information.
The second meeting of the month will be an informal meet-up at a kid-friendly venue (i.e. a park, Eden Church’s gym, etc.) and the time may vary. The location and time will be decided at the first meeting of the month. If you’re able to come to the second meeting, it is a great time to talk with other moms who get it. Dinner and childcare will not be provided, but we will always pick a location that is kid-friendly. If you aren’t able to attend the first meeting of the month or are joining us for the first time, reach out to Susan Newby at email@example.com for more information about where we’re going this month.
What is the theme for 2020-2021?
Decide to Rise
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
The villagers ceased in Israel; they ceased to be until I arose; I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel. Judges 5:7
Here are the three things we will do to remind ourselves of who God made us to be:
Arise as a mother. This is your year to get strong physically and mentally. To own the body you’ve been given and build muscle and stamina so you can do all the things that God is calling you to do; important things like chase your kids around the backyard, carry groceries for your elderly neighbor, or even build a mud house for a family in Rwanda. To embrace your own body’s abilities and build it up - whatever your physical ability may be. It also means being strong mentally. Sometimes our thought life needs a little tightening up. It might mean seeing a therapist who can give you tools for dealing with anxiety, or maybe developing mental stamina so you can endure the daily toddler meltdowns. Often we wait for all the right details to come into place before we act, but maybe this is the year God is saying, “Stop waiting and get to it.” Body and mind - this is the year we embrace the self that God gave us.
Do Your Work:
Doing your work happens in big and small, but always significant ways. It’s about persevering through the daily grind of essential but mundane tasks; and it’s also about making brave choices to do new things. Doing your work looks different for each of us, but everyone’s work will require some grit and courage. Maybe it’s choosing forgiveness, healing from past trauma, or making amends to those you’ve hurt. Maybe it’s sharing the secret you’ve been carrying for years, or unlearning harmful patterns of behavior. And when it comes to mothering…God gave those kids to you, Mama! You’ve been appointed and no one else can mother them like you. You are made of brave spirit. You’ll figure it out because you always have, and you have God and your MOPS sisters by your side.
Actively seeking out joy is how we fight discouragement and fear. It’s how we fight our tendency to complain, accuse or be offended. Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you will respond to life in all its circumstances. Joy is the most magnetic and contagious force in the universe, the type that people around you can’t help but notice - especially those looking up toward their mom. It is a gladness that’s not just reserved for happy moments, but particularly during the hardest days that come your way. Joy is the deep knowing that you were made for more than anxiety, depression and fear. This is your year to reclaim joy and share it with others!