The Story of MOPS
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The Story of MOPS MOPS . . . Eight women. The number was small, but the need was great. The first MOPS meeting Embracing the took place in February 1973 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Adventure! For two hours, while their children received care, these mothers talked, laughed, ate, had MOPS Is About . . . a craft, and ended with a short devotional. In this humble beginning, the seeds of the Celebrating Motherhood MOPS concept and format were planted. Through friendship, creative outlets, and in- Meeting Needs struction, the women began to understand that “mothering matters.” Making Connections Today, the same needs for significance are met in much the same way in MOPS groups Experiencing God’s Love across the United States and around the world. Establishing Relationships Get Connected . . . with MOPS! Adventures in Mothering Registration is necessary— The MOPS International theme for 2008- please call and let us know that You’re invited to join the 2009 is ADVENTURES IN MOTHERING. This you want to be involved! Covenant MOPS Group theme will equip us as moms to learn more about ourselves as we go through the adven- (Mothers of Preschoolers) ture of motherhood. We will learn how we can celebrate and embrace the fun in the Meeting at: experiences, even in the midst of daily mom life that stretches us emotionally and spiritu- , Covenant Presbyterian Because Better Moms ally. 6995 MaeAnne Ave., Reno 775-746-8118 Make a Better World The metaphor for ADVENTURES IN MOTH- www.covenant-reno.org ERING is an amusement park. With the Vickie@covenant-reno.org sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the amusement park, motherhood might feel like a sensory overload. But our MOPS Learn more about group will enjoy this together and learn MOPS International at more about ourselves as women, moms, and www.mops.org leaders. What Is MOPS? You’re Not Alone (although sometimes you probably MOPS stands for Mothers of Pre- wish you were!) schoolers, a program led by mothers themselves and designed for moth- • Have you ever asked an adult where the ers with children from birth through Kindergar- “potty” is? Covenant MOPS meets every 3rd Wednesday, • Can you sing all the words to the “Barney” ten. These mothers all have a shared desire … September through May. An optional family to be the best mothers they can be! theme song? style dinner is available starting at 5:30 and • Is spaghetti a finger food in your household? MOPS meets from 6:30-8:00pm. MOPS has in- • Do you write your grocery list in crayon? Our evening begins with a family-style dinner sightful speakers, helpful demonstrations, small for the WHOLE family. (A donation is re- mom-to-mom discussion groups, fun crafts or crea- If you answered yes to one or more of these ques- quested to cover the cost of the meal.) After tive activities, great food, and relaxing fellowship. tions, don’t worry! Help is on the way at MOPS! dinner, children can go to their classes and the moms go to MOPS from 6:30 to 8:00pm. You may attend MOPS with or without your chil- Meetings will usually have a speaker on a par- dren. Quality, loving childcare is provided for ticular topic followed by discussion and often a your children, nursery on up. The children’s pro- creative activity or craft of some kind. Speaker gram, called MOPPETS, is where little ones en- topics will include a variety of topics such as gage in developmentally appropriate play and edu- health, strengthening relationships, discipline, cational activities during the meetings so moms can money- and time-saving tips and other topics feel free to enjoy their activities. of interest to mommies of young children.. FAQs We will also be planning some special get- togethers, play dates & Moms’ Night Out activities throughout the year. Is there a fee to attend MOPS? 2008-2009 Meeting Dates Yes. There is a $35 fee for the year which cov- ers your MOPS International Membership (a September 17 requirement for all MOPS moms) as well as October 15 our craft supplies and more. Your MOPS Int. Membership also provides you with a maga- Facing the Ups and Downs of November 19 December 17 zine subscription, web site access and more. We understand that being a mother often de- Motherhood Together! January 21 mands a tight family budget, so if the dues February 18 would keep you from joining the group, please March 22 talk with one of our leaders. We Know That April 22* Every Mom Needs: (*moved because of Easter) If don’t attend Covenant for Identity Growth Relationship May 20 church can I still come to MOPS? Yes! MOPS is a ministry of the church for all Help Perspective Hope “...how wide and long and high and deep mothers of preschoolers. All mothers are wel- is the love of Christ…” -Ephesians 3:18 come regardless of religious affiliation.