It’s time for another GROUP SPOTLIGHT here on the blog! On this occasion the limelight is on Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory. It’s situated approximately 600km east of Darwin, on the eastern-most tip of the Gove Peninsula. The group is coordinated by Christie Giles, who is wearing black in the photo below.
Please tell us a bit about your group.
It began 11 yrs ago. We have a core group of 15-20 mums attend each week, mostly non-Christian, and 35 children in MOPPETS. For the last few years, one team member has run MOPPETS each term as we have no MOPPETS Coordinator. We are blessed with a committed number of carers who we can call on regularly. These are mostly ladies from our local churches. We also have a mum’s help roster for MOPPETS with two mums volunteering each week. Helpers receive a free MOPS session voucher.
What are some advantages and disadvantages of running a MOPS group in a remote area?
Being so remote means that most mums here do not have family to support them, so MOPS is very important to them and is able to help them with meals etc. Being remote makes it very difficult to buy supplies for craft! Also, there are not many ‘grandmothers’ in this community to help with MOPPETS.
How do you make the community aware of your group?
Facebook, Noticeboard, Doctor surgery, Church bulletins, child health nurse/clinic, and of course, word of mouth.
(New team member Nat, with her family)
What are some things that you’ve enjoyed as a group? (craft activity/discussion/social event)
A cake decorating demo by one of our talented mums, a Christian School Principal’s talk, and last year’s Christmas evening was so much fun as we dressed for the red carpet in all our bling and finery! We’re planning a “Summer Party” to wrap up this year.
What is something that you think your group could make good use of, but doesn’t have yet?
An outdoor playground for MOPPETS!
How can other MOPS mamas around Australia pray for your group?
For new team members, a MOPPETS Coordinator, and for MOPPETS carers. Also that our mums will be receptive to the gospel message and not be turned away from our unashamedly Christian approach to mothers and families.
Thank you very much ladies for your group effort in answering all of the questions!
If you would like your group to be in the spotlight, or if you have something that you’d like to share with MOPS mums around Australia I would LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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