Welcome, mom! You’re a busy lady and a wonderful woman and we would love to get to know you better. We offer two exciting ministries to do just that – MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MOMS NEXT (Mothers of School-Aged Children).
This group is for moms of children from in utero through kindergarten who meet together to laugh, cry, learn and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups rally women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another. We try to accomplish these impressive goals through bi-weekly meetings (with childcare!), play dates, special events, social media and more. Every woman at our MOPS group is important because she is a part of a table that remains together over the entire year. This purposeful, small group structure provides safety, connections, and is intentionally designed so you’ll be missed if you can’t attend!
Our MOPS meetings are generally held twice monthly on Thursdays, from 9-11 AM, September – December and February – April. See the Events section for the specific dates. We meet in Room 226 which is located on the upper level of the church. As you enter the church property, stay to the right so that you arrive at the upper level parking lot. Enter through the main glass doors located towards the front of the building, go across the lobby, turn right, and go through the double doors at the end of the hallway. For directions, click here or call 717-697-0226.
MOMSnext is a community of moms with kids past the preschool years. It is a division of MOPS International but is meant to meet the needs of the mother of school-aged children. Unlike MOPS groups where moms are newly in the throes of motherhood, MOMSnext moms are in the rhythm of parenting. However as their children grow, they are encountering new and specific parenting challenges. Despite the overload of information accessible to them, moms do not know where they should turn to get answers. They also have a new ability to lift their heads and see the broader world around them. They are in a phase of personal growth where they may have more freedom to pursue professional or personal interests now that their kids are older.
The MOMSnext meeting provides connection for moms who juggle a variety of responsibilities: kids’ activities, work inside or outside the home, school schedules, caring for aging parents and caring for themselves. Moms in this stage often run from one commitment to the next. Their meetings are a time to catch your breath, connect with others facing the unique demands of parenting older children, and build relationships that will help you sharpen your focus on what’s important to your family.
This group meets on the “off” MOPS Thursdays, but only 1-2 times a month (see dates on the Events section). We meet in Room 202 which is located on the upper level of the church. As you enter the church property, stay to the right so that you arrive at the upper level parking lot. Enter through the main glass doors located towards the front of the building, and the room is immediately on your right. For directions, click here or call 717-697-0226.
The cost to join either group for the 2017-2018 year is $125. Due to the space limitations, we ask that you join only one group at WSEFC. Registration is open now so reserve your spot with a non-refundable deposit of $50. WSEFC will pay your MOPS International membership fee with a portion of that deposit. Scholarships are available; contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need an application.