Welcome to another GROUP SPOTLIGHT! A way for us to learn about other MOPS Australia groups.
This time the light is shining on Louise Wabnitz pictured here (third from the right) with the Seaton MOPS team in Adelaide, South Australia. Louise starts by saying, “I am blessed to be the co-ordinator of MOPS Seaton. My family consists of me and my awesome husband David and our 3 cheeky boys Alex (9), Samuel (7), Joshua (4) and our little princess Elena (2).”
Please tell us a bit about your group.
We have been running our MOPS group for over 2 years now. It has been amazing to see what God has done through MOPS as we have served him with the little that we have had to give.
Before we started MOPS, our church use to have a small mums coffee group and that has grown to now having around 65 people involved in someway in MOPS on a Friday morning.
We usually have around 20 mums and 35 kids. It has been great to see that now about half of our mums that come are not from our church.
What do you like to do for mums who come to your group for the first time?
We give them a gift bag with a timeout bar with the theme scripture verse attached to it, our MOPS newsletter, info sheets, a directory of MOPS mums numbers.
What has been a craft activity that the group has really enjoyed?
How do I choose! I think our creative activity leader is amazing and she has prepared so many great activities for us to do. She makes it simple for mums to make great things and I love seeing the looks on their faces as they are proud of what they have achieved.
Some that standout – flower arranging, pilates, painting ceramic plates, herb pots, chocolate easter eggs, sock puppets….
Do your MOPS mamas like get together aside from the regular MOPS meetings? If so, what do you like to do together?
We recently had a girls night out. It was a great night seeing all the mums relaxing and enjoying good food (they didn’t have to cook!) and talking (without kids interrupting!) and laughing together. I couldn’t get over how many topics were talked about! And when the cafe was closing the mums still kept talking out in the freezing cold!!
If finances weren’t an issue where would you hold a conference or a retreat?
A health retreat on an island somewhere – where our hardworking team could relax and be pampered and be served delicious healthy food.
Finally, please let us know how MOPS mamas around Australia can pray for you as a leader.
Pray for protection against spiritual opposition and for wisdom and energy as it is challenging balancing family, life, and serving in MOPS.
Many thanks Louise for taking the time to share about Seaton MOPS with us!
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