What is MOPS?
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. Here you’ll experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth and spiritual hope, all to help you be the best mom possible. MOPS is dedicated to the message that "Better Moms Make a Better World." MOPS recognizes that the years from infancy to kindergarten are foundation in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs.
MOPS International exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ. It is a non-denominational Christian organization, but all mothers of preschoolers are welcome regardless of religious beliefs. You also do not have to be a member of St. Luke’s to attend our chapter.
When does MOPS AM meet?
MOPS AM is divided into two groups – MOPS 2 meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and MOPS 4 meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Both groups meet September to May from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Attic (Building C). Topics for the meetings are identical, so MOPS members attend one meeting each month. When you register with our chapter, you will be assigned to either MOPS 2 or 4.
The dates for our 2012-2013 meetings are as follows:
** Please note that some meetings will occur during a different week due to holidays / school breaks.
What happens at a MOPS AM Meeting?
Our meetings are designed to be a time of refueling and refreshment for you. A place where you can be nurtured, rather than be the nurturer. A place to form new friendships, learn something new, be real about what you are going through and have some fun! Each mom is assigned to a group within MOPS 2 or 4 so that she can get to know the other moms from her table. During your morning you will have time to visit, eat, and hear a presentation that relates to life as MOPS and then meet as a small group to discuss the presentation further. Below is a typical schedule for the MOPS AM meetings:
|9:30 - 9:45
||Arrival, mingle & eat
||Opening Prayer & Ammouncements
|10:00 - 10:30
|10:30 - 10:45
||Q & A with guest speaker
|10:45 - 11:00
||Discussions at table
||Prayer request at tables
Will our MOPS meetings ever be canceled?
In the event of bad weather, we follow the Orange County School System’s decision regarding closing. If in doubt, please contact your Discussion Group Leader.
How do I register for MOPS AM?
Click here then complete the MOPS registration form. After completing the form you will receive an email confirming your registration.
Is there a fee to join?
All MOPS members are encouraged to pay the MOPS International membership fee $23.95. St. Luke's Chapter Dues are $30 for the year.
MOPS International annual membership fee includes:
- MomSense Magazine – bi-monthly magazine for a full year of mothering expertise, parenting tips and fun things to do with your preschoolers
- Weekly Mom E-mail - weekly bursts of encouragement
- MOPS Reusable Shopping Bag
St. Luke’s chapter dues include:
- Annual charter renewal fee
- Materials for meetings, outreach projects, etc.
- Speaker fees
- Childcare for MOPPETS
Scholarships for both the MOPS International membership and the chapter dues are available. Please contact our Membership Coordinator at email@example.com.
What if I am running late?
We try very hard to start on time so we can fit everything we have planned for you into our morning together. However, we understand the lives of mothers of preschoolers and that we realize there may be times when you’re running behind. Please still feel free to join us, though, even if you will be late.
Story of MOPS
MOPS International was founded in 1973 and has grown to thousands of chapters around the world. It is a non-denominational Christian organization, but all mothers of preschoolers are welcome regardless of religious beliefs. More information can be found at www.mops.org or call 303-733-5353.
In the season of early motherhood, women need to know they are not alone. The common ground of developmental challenges, becoming a mother through birth or adoption, accepting the responsibility for raising a child, working out the transitions of child raising in her identity and marriage relationship, these are significant passages in a woman’s life. In an open and accepting atmosphere where every mom is welcomed, moms together find courage and skills to become better women and better moms.
The relationships offered in a MOPS group give perspective from a couple of levels. First is the level of shared perspective offered by moms who are themselves locked in the years of mothering young children where daily tasks become Herculean efforts with small children in tow. Secondly, a local MOPS groups connects each mom to the community of moms around the world who are encouraged by the ministry of a large, international nonprofit organization.
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