You settle into bed on MOPS meeting-eve, relaxing as you contemplate that everything is organised and prepared for tomorrow’s meeting. In the morning the phone rings and the news is not good – your nicely-laid plans are now in disarray. Noooooo!!!!!!
Most groups will have a messy MOPS morning – one of are “those” mornings when the speaker cancels at short notice, or half of your team have sick children and can’t make it, or the MOPPETS leader rings because she doesn’t have enough carers.
Is there a better plan than mad panic and diving back under the bed covers, hoping you’ll wake up and find it’s all a nightmare? There is! Here are some practical tips for when things go wrong:
Breathe and pray
This last-minute disarray may not be part of your plans, but it’s not a surprise to God. He knew it was coming. So take a deep breath, and ask God for help. Ask for peace and wisdom and guidance as you work out your new plan. You may be amazed at how it comes together.
Make a new plan
Work through your options, be flexible. Give your Mentor a call and talk it through with her – two heads are better than one. Speaker cancelled? Can you show a MOPS Curriculum DVD, or some other DVD instead? Creative Activities leader sick? Can you do some other craft at short notice? Or a cooking demo? Do you have lots of single activities left over from previous meetings and you could have a “makeup” morning where mums could do a creative activity they missed out on? Or you could extend your morning tea and Discussion Time if you don’t have other options – Mums love to talk! Not enough MOPPETS carers? Do you have a few emergency helpers who might come in for one morning? Would a Mentor or another team member be prepared to go out and help, or a church staff member? Short on morning tea? Pop by the shop and buy some food.
Prevention is better than cure
The best thing you can do is to avoid this scenario is to have a “Plan B MOPS Meeting”. Stored with your MOPS equipment, have a box with a complete MOPS meeting ready that you can pull out at short notice. Inside it have an icebreaker idea along with anything you need to run it – prize etc, a short teaching DVD and a set of Discussions Questions, a simple creative activity with the instructions and materials ready to go. You could even have a few packets of Tim Tams! On a “Messy MOPS Morning” you could pull out just one of these elements, or all of them. But you’ll always have a back-up-plan ready to go,.
There is value in every part of the MOPS morning. But on a “Messy MOPS Morning” , don’t forget that loving your mums is the priority. It’s more important that they feel loved, welcomed and have opportunity to connect and talk, than everything running like clockwork. After all – they are mothers of preschoolers, they know all about mornings that don’t run to plan!
“Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it.
Love makes up for practically anything.”
1 Peter 4:8