What is MOPS?

MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers.

We believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. We are a community that meets together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood, as well as deepen (or begin) our relationships with Jesus Christ.

We are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and encouraged by journeying along side one another.

We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world.

What to Expect at Each Meeting

– Caring and loving environment for your children
– Engaging speakers and thoughtful discussion
– Creative activities, crafts and games
– Teaching and mentoring support from our experienced Mentor Moms
– Opportunity to connect and build relationships with other moms

Basic Principles of  Our MOPS Group

Welcoming to all Women
We’ve all been placed in this time and place in history, as the tribe of women who are raising the world. And the beauty of it is that we don’t all have to agree with one another but everyone is in and we all need each other.

Mentoring Sometimes we need a wise woman who has been there and done that to bounce ideas off of. That’s why we love our Mentor moms, they have sage advice and willing ears.

Leadership Development
You have the ability to do big things. We want to help you gain the confidence to use your voice to change your world.

Honest Conversation
Real talk is liberating. It frees us from assumptions that we are alone in our struggles. We value taking a risk and sharing your story in order to heal someone else from their isolation.

Relevant Teaching
Really, who needs another tutorial on how to make crepe paper flowers? What we provide is mommy friends who get you, hope-filled insight, and speakers who know we’ve only had three hours of uninterrupted sleep last night so they better keep it interesting.

Creative Activities
Create, imagine, and actually finish a project. We occasionally like to have something “pinteresty” (Yes, that is a made up word. Work with me here.) to make at our meetings. We all need a little time to indulge in a creative endeavor.

Look, we all love being with our kids, but let’s be honest: a little break now and then makes us want to be with them even more. We provide a preschool-style experience for your kiddos that they will love going back to.

This Year’s MOPS Theme – All For Love

After a year spent hunkering down, living smaller, and
experiencing a little more fear and anxiety than usual,
we are declaring this is the year of going big. It’s a year
of fresh starts and turning ordinary experiences into
extraordinary ones. Enthusiasm will replace worry.
Friendship will replace loneliness. No longer will we
wait to “get back to normal”; instead, we will start
making space for the new things God has for us. We
will become less guarded and more daring because
this is our year to live All For Love.

Love is the most powerful force on the planet, and yet
the concept almost seems cliché. We tell somebody we
love them, and in the same breath we talk about how
much we love a new podcast. Perhaps we’ve become so
accustomed to the word that we’ve forgotten how revolutionary it is, how God’s love changes everything. It is life-altering, curse-lifting and, as shown in Christ’s
resurrection, quite literally death-conquering.
This year we embrace the transformative power of
love, to the point where it starts to affect everything we
do—the way we talk to our kids, interact with strangers, handle disappointments, celebrate victories, make decisions. When love floods into our lives, it all shifts.
It results in less doom-scrolling, more conversation.
Less comparison, more community. Less fear, more
confidence. More over-the-top displays of compassion. More patience. More life in our souls. This year, love will save us. In fact, it already has, because love’s name is Jesus.

Walk In Power.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

The opposite of love is fear. Fear drives so many of our thoughts and decisions. It is a potent emotion that causes us to do and say things that are out
of alignment with who we want to be. It causes us to act in anger. Fear can
make us timid and preoccupied; it might control our thoughts and keep us up
at night or hold us back from forming deep friendships because we are afraid
of being vulnerable. Fear keeps us stuck, but perfect love casts out fear. Here
is the truth: There is nothing that can stand between you and what God has
planned for you. God has given you a spirit of power, love, and self-control,
and it is time to walk in this power that comes from the Holy Spirit. Love gives
us the courage to exchange the intimidation of fear for an extraordinary life,
full of passion and confidence to solve any problem that comes our way.

Love One Another.
Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

Author Brennan Manning brilliantly wrote, “The litmus test of our love for
God is our love for our neighbor.” Love is sobering because it asks us to care
for all people; even our enemies are made in the image of God and are worthy
of dignity and respect. Loving our enemies is not an endorsement of what they
do, it is an affirmation of who they are—God’s beloved. And mercy triumphs
over judgment. This year we will practice loving people who annoy us, offend
us, or overlook us. We’ll not take ourselves so seriously but instead go out of
our way to do kind things for other people, especially if they don’t know it
was us. Even when it takes some extra energy, we will celebrate each other’s
victories and carry one another’s burdens. We will engage other people with
open hearts and go to extremes to love well because we have a God who shows
us how it’s done.

Make Love Your Legacy.
Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

Your legacy is what people remember when you leave a place. Whether that
place is your kid’s room at bedtime, your house each morning, or this earth.
It’s the stories your great-great grandkids will hear about you. Here is why this
is so important: Love is contagious not just from person-to-person but also
from generation to generation. It might be maddening to think about “leaving
a legacy” when the little ones around you demand every ounce of your energy,
but sometimes it is essential to look a little farther out, decide how you want to
be remembered and what matters most to you, and take small intentional steps
to make it happen. It’s asking the question, “If I want love to be my legacy, how
do I want to live today?” It doesn’t have to be anything big; in fact, it usually
starts in small ways. Clean up your home in love. Prepare dinner in love. Do
your work in love. Play with LEGOs in love. Doing everything in love becomes
a little more challenging with the harder aspects of daily life: Move through
a traffic jam in love. Strongly disagree with someone in love. Discipline your
kids in love, resolve conflict in love, engage in social media in love. These small
moments … This is where legacy is born.

This is the year of big things. Love is starting to fling open doors, and when love comes
into the room, no one is safe.
Comfort zones crumble,
Relationships are born,
Fear is cast out,
Whimsy is restored,
Perspectives shift,
Ready or not, here it comes…

Our Mission

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS International exists to meet the needs of every mom – urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms – moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be! MOPS recognize that the years from infancy through kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs.

MOPS helps moms through relationships established in the context of local groups that provide a caring atmosphere for today’s mother of young children. MOPS also encourages and supports moms through resources such as books and articles which are available through their website at www.mops.org.