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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: http://www.mops.org/about/about-us/
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.
We Are The Starry Eyed – Theme for 2016-17
Sometimes we think we have to pick one, when in reality it is always both. Light and dark, hope and fear, kindness and risk, wonder and mundane.
This is evidenced by the fact that we are people who are meant to live by both sunlight and moonlight. Our
natural rhythms revolve around the circling of sun and moon. Yet often our tendency is to cling to one, the one that is more comfortable, forgetting that our fullest living comes when we embrace the swirly mix.
Starry Eyed means looking for the light even when darkness is enveloping. It is an opportunity to hope recklessly and to witness God’s presence guiding things seen and unseen, comfortable and uncomfortable.
When we reflect back over our lives, this year is going to stand out. It will be the year that we decided to live fully by both sunlight and moonlight. Because audacity is rising in the deepest and wildest parts of our souls. And the best part is, we will experience it all together.
Thus says the Lord who made the earth the Lord who formed it to establish it…Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:23
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 meetings will include a video or speaker, discussion time, making a related craft or learning a life skill, games and food. We will also have one monthly evening activity to provide something extra for the evening moms, while also providing an opportunity for both of our groups to socialize. Our monthly Mom’s Nights Out will be on the last Friday or Saturday of each month at various locations. Follow us on Facebook (MOPS at Christ Church) for updates and evites.
|Morning MOPS (twice per month)
1st & 3rd Wednesday
|Evening MOPS (once per month)
October 5 & 19
November 2 & 16
December 7 & 21*
January 4 & 18
February 1 & 15*
March 1 & 15
April 5 & 19
May 3 & 17
|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.|
During the MOPS meetings, your children will be cared for in the safe and loving environment of our MOPPETS 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 MOPPETS.
MOPS International Fee:
This fee of $25.00 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: $75 (15 meetings x $5 each) + $25 MOPS Int’l = $100
- Evening: $45 (9 meetings x $5 each) + $25 MOPS Int’l = $70
- Pay half the year at a time
- Morning: $30 + $25 = $55 in September; $45 in January
- Evening: $20 + $25 = $45 in September; $25 in January
- Morning: $25 at registration and $10 each month
- Evening: $25 at registration and $6 each month
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:
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.