Many years ago the moms and tots program at Zion CRC and Hope Fellowship was Coffee Break. It then became BLAST. A dozen years later, there’s a new kid in town. Drum roll, please! Mothers Of Pre-School children (MOPS) made its debut two weeks ago and it’s set to welcome young moms again this Wednesday, October 7, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Snacks and babysitting will be provided while the parents enjoy a social time, a video, a discussion and, perhaps most importantly, a break from their kids!
The September Kick Off event drew about fifteen moms who enjoyed a delicious breakfast in addition to all of the other events that took place in their time together. There were several new faces thanks to moms who had invited their neighbours to check it out.
How did this change from BLAST to MOPS come about? Last year Trulls Rd. Free Methodist Church underwent a big renovation and it used our facilities for their mid-week events. This put the women who ran their MOPS program in touch with our BLAST leaders. When our leaders visited our neighbouring church after the work was completed and saw first hand what the MOPS program was like, they said, “That’s what we need.” Jenda, Alida, Andrea and Amanda put their heads together, contacted the MOPS organization (www.mops.org) and registered us with them. Now Hope Fellowship’s group is one of 3,900 MOPS groups in 35 countries, including Canada and the U.S.
We had a good laugh in church a few Sundays ago when one of the moms who presented the program lamented the fact that parenting little ones involves a lot of poop. That was Amanda, keeping it real! How great it is, then, that moms who feel pooped for all kinds of good reasons now have a place where they can get encouragement, Christian parenting advice and the break that they need.
According to the website, “MOPS groups meet regularly to celebrate the joys of motherhood and to encourage each other through the challenges.”
At Hope Fellowship, MOPS meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. That’s when there’s a specific program and childcare. On the intervening Wednesdays, moms still meet and socialize while looking after their children. These times in the nursery are now called MOPS Playgroup.
- Pastor Peter