The MOPS Conference in Tasmania was an amazing array of colour, friendship and celebration of Mums and women everywhere. Based at our regular conference spot at Camp Clayton in Ulverstone, the atmosphere of the whole conference was one of excitement and joy, pulled together by Conference Convener Jo Parry, ready to show us the world of “A Fierce Flourishing” in 2016.
We were blessed by the beautiful decor provided by the Ulverstone MOPS group. They filled the rooms with such beautiful colours fitting in perfectly with our next year’s theme. On Friday night the theme was officially launched by Karen Dickson, MOPS Board Chair and also a Tasmanian MOPS leader. The Board and Managers of MOPS Australia tagged their Board meeting onto the Tasmanian Conference in order to be present and to honour and (sadly) farewell Donna Hill who retired Field Staff Manager after 15 years of faithful ministry in MOPS.
Two awards were presented to outstanding MOPS leaders: the Heart of MOPS award was presented to Donna Hill for her exceptional commitment to the MOPS mission; and the Hands of MOPS Award was presented to Karen Poke from Romaine MOPS for 11 years of significant service.
Saturday began with registrations of those unable to join in the Friday night festivities and moved on quickly to an absolutely beautiful worship session lead by Megan Burton, one of our Tassie leaders. There really is something amazing about a room full of women (and a couple of our male board members J) worshipping our God.
We were blessed to hear from Lexia Smallwood who travelled from Canberra to share how the theme provides opportunity to reflect on Jesus who loves us fiercely and enables us to flourish on many levels. Katie MacKenzie our Regional Coordinator opened her heart to us in a beautiful testimony teaching us about how God leads us into leadership through MOPS in ways we don’t always see. Donna Hill spoke to us about the lessons we can learn from Paul and how we can use them to become better leaders, followed by Cherie Macchiusi teaching us about connecting with our Mums through our discussion groups. Not forgetting the never ending supply of lollies on our tables.
The conference was so full of laughter and love! New friendships were formed and supports were grown through meeting other team members who share the same position electives. We found we all wanted the same thing: to help our Mums grow and Flourish in the new year. Next year is going to be such an awesome opportunity for all of us and I can’t wait to get started!