It seems like just yesterday I was writing to you about the new theme for 2018 and, here we are, just 9 sleeps away from another Christmas Day and once again it is time for me to bid you farewell for another blog year. Continue reading “Farewell, adieu, and a peek into next year!”
What a delight and a privilege it has been for the MOPS Board to receive nominations for MOPS Awards from MOPS leaders around the country recognising the significant contribution of their fellow leaders. The Board considered each nomination and were again impressed with the dedication and commitment of so many wonderful leaders in our MOPS community. Continue reading “Roll out the red carpet.. it’s award season!!”
MOPS Australia exists to encourage and equip mums of young children to realise their potential as mothers, women and leaders in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church. This mission statement not only applies to the women from communities all over Australia that walk into a MOPS group each fortnight, but to the women that serve by running these groups. This year, over 300 of those women gathered in various locations at our state leadership training conferences.
When I first heard about MOPS, I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew it was a mothers’ group but apart from that I didn’t really understand what it was until a good friend explained it to me. Continue reading “What To Expect At MOPS”
If you are a mum of little ones and you are looking for a place to belong, a place to learn alongside other mums, a place to share the joys and challenges of mothering or a place to find friendship – a MOPS group might just be the place for you.
It is a place where developing the art of mothering becomes a shared journey.
Here are six things to expect when you come to a MOPS group:
Now, I’m not a betting woman, (unless there are Mars Bars involved) but I’d be willing to bet money (or probably just Mars Bars) on the idea that if you’ve found your way to this blog you probably know a little bit about MOPS already. Continue reading “MOPS (and Mars Bars).”
One of the catch cries of MOPS is that you can come, “just as you are”, and you will find warmth and acceptance.
This means you can turn up at MOPS without your makeup or perfectly straightened hair. You can share that your kids had weetbix for tea last night because you didn’t have the energy to cook and that your three and half year old is still not toilet trained and you are at your wits end. Continue reading “Come ‘Just as You Are’”
“I’ve lost ‘me’,” said a lady at MOPS a few weeks ago. “I don’t know who I am anymore.” Her voice dropped as though she hardly thought her comment worth hearing, but every other mum in earshot turned as one to look at her and said, “I know what you mean.” Continue reading “I’ve lost me”
This week we interview two mothers who attend a MOPS group in Canberra. Ruth is a mother of three and has been coming to MOPS for a few years. Brooke is a mother of one and another-on-the-way, and has also been coming three years.
“My best friend introduced me to MOPS a little over a year ago and it has helped me in all ways. MOPS = Mothers of Preschoolers and it’s a Mothers’ group where you can come and your child gets looked after by carers while you get to sit with other mums. You can talk, have a coffee and some yummy morning tea, have a laugh or even a cry if you need to. During my relationship I lost a lot of confidence and MOPS helped me get it back and be ‘me’ again! Not just ‘mum’, I got to be Tamira again, if you know what I mean. I love it so much… It’s also helped me to become a better cook! I made it a personal goal to always make something home made when I bring morning tea, so now I can make slices and lots of home baked goodies ….”