MOPS 2017-2018

Want to be the best mom possible?

You are not alone!

What is MOPS?

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is an international movement that believes moms are world influencers. MOPS connects moms all over the world, bringing them together in their own neighborhoods to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another.

We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world.

For more about MOPS International:

MOPS at Christ Church

We are a local MOPS chapter that meets in Columbia Station. Our goal is to encourage, support and nurture all mothers with children from conception through kindergarten.  Our MOPS family provides a caring and accepting atmosphere where women can come together to share this important season of life.  We help moms grow by providing opportunities to learn from each other’s shared experiences as well as the experiences of special speakers and mentor moms who’ve already been through this phase of mothering.  A variety of topics relevant to mothering are presented through videos and speakers to celebrate motherhood and to meet a mom’s unique needs.  Through creative projects and presentations, women are encouraged to experience the sense of accomplishment that comes with trying and finishing new things.  The relationships created during MOPS can be a lifeline for a mom who feels isolated, underpaid, underappreciated and/or overwhelmed. We’d love for you to join us as we grow as moms and as friends!

Better together … MOMSnext is here!

As mothers enter the school years, new challenges and issues arise, but the need for community and hope remains.  For this reason, we are offering MOMSnext, a ministry to mothers of school-age children.  Our MOMSnext group will meet alongside our traditional MOPS group, providing an open, accepting place for mothers of school-age children to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope.

Free Indeed – Theme for 2017-18

What do you long for? What is the thing that your heart craves? Is it possible that your deepest desire is to be free?

Free from worry.

Free from feeling stuck.

Free from hustling to be loved.

Free from a heaviness you can’t put your finger on.

Free from thinking you should be someone other than exactly who you are.

At the core, maybe what we are all longing for is to be Free Indeed.

Choosing freedom is a deeply spiritual act, one that our souls long for. That is why this year, we choose wild, unexpected freedom; the kind that brings more laughter and less worry, more contentment and less hustle. A freedom that is so contagious, the people around us are compelled toward their own liberation.

Theme Verse:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, he has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. – Luke 4:18-19

Regular Meeting Schedule

Starting in September, Christ Church has two MOPS groups that regularly meet at different times. Our hope is to be able to meet the needs of moms with different schedules by providing a morning and an evening group. Our morning session meets twice per month, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday morning (unless Strongsville schools are closed) from 9:30 to 11:30. The evening group meets once per month on the 2nd Monday from 6-8.

Our two-hour morning meeting follows a traditional MOPS format. We’ll have breakfast, learn together, talk together, and have fun together! We also strive to plan one monthly evening activity for both groups to socialize.

Our Evening group is launching a new format this year. We are starting a book club! The learning portion will be based on a monthly theme book. You can read ahead or just come listen to the highlights. There will still be plenty of time to discuss the material in small groups and to have some fun too.

Morning MOPS (twice per month)
9:30-11:30 A.M.
1st & 3rd Wednesday
Evening MOPS (once per month)
6:00-8:00 P.M.
2nd Monday
2017/18 2017/18
September 20

October 4 & 18

November 1 & 15

December 6 & 20*

January 3 & 17

February 7 & 21*

March 7 & 21

April 4 & 18

May 2 & 16

September 11

October 9

November 13

December 11

January 8

February 12

March 12

April 9

May 14

All meetings are at Christ Church Main Campus.
* Play date meetings: we will have a relaxed play date at the church in place of our usual meeting
Mom’s Nights Out: Dates coming soon! Mom’s Nights Out events will vary each month, providing our moms different social activities in various locations.Follow us on Facebook for details as they become available.

Child Care

During the MOPS meetings, your children will be cared for in the safe and loving environment of our MOPS Kids program. It is complementary to the Christ Church programming that children experience during the weekend services. Age appropriate activities, including crafts, Bible stories, music, book reading, and imaginative play will be enjoyed during their time in MOPS Kids.

Registration/Fee Information

MOPS International Fee:

This fee of $32.00 goes directly to MOPS International and must be paid upon registration. Each member receives an amazing welcome kit full of surprises. In addition, the fee helps MOPS Int’l to reach more moms all around the world. It provides leadership training and resources for moms and leaders as well as scholarships and financial aid for those in need. Every mom in our community and around the world needs friendship, support, and encouragement. These fees help make this possible.

Christ Church MOPS Meeting Fee:

As part of MOPS here at Christ Church, there is an additional fee to help offset the group meeting costs, such as childcare workers and snacks, craft supplies, speakers, food, and curriculum. We strive to keep costs minimal since we know first-hand that being a mother of preschoolers usually means having limited funds. Please choose the payment option that works best for you:

  • Pay for the whole year in advance
    • Morning: $90 (15 meetings x $6 each) + $32 MOPS Int’l = $122
    • Evening: $54 (9 meetings x $6 each) + $32 MOPS Int’l = $86
  • Pay half the year at a time
    • Morning: $45 + $32 = $77 in September; $45 in January
    • Evening: $27 + $32 = $59 in September; $27 in January

MOPS is intended to welcome every mother with children from conception through kindergarten. Please do not allow the cost to influence your decision to join. If you would like information about scholarships, please contact Ann Marie Durkin at (440) 236-8282 ext. 219.


Mail – Checks Only

Print and complete the printable registration form and mail it with your check to:

Christ Church

Attn: MOPS

23080 Royalton Rd.

Columbia Station, OH 44028

In-person – Cash, Checks, Debit and Credit Cards

Print and complete printable registration form and bring to the church office during business hours or to the FaithWorks Bookstore on Sundays.

For more information about MOPS at Christ Church, please contact Ann Marie Durkin, (440) 236-8282 ext. 219.