This year, we want to tell you two things that will change your life if you believe them.
1. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
2. Because you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you have work to do; meaningful work that was built into your DNA before you were born. Work that you were made for. Sometimes, we believe that our motherhood is a constraint that limits what we can do in this life. We want to remind you that motherhood isn’t a constraint – it’s a catalyst. In fact, God appointed a woman named Deborah to be a judge over the nation of Israel. She was a leader, warrior, and prophetess who ultimately helped an entire nation rediscover its identity and destiny as the people of God. And she declared that she accomplished it because she AROSE AS A MOTHER.
But here’s one important thing to remember: this idea of life to the full isn’t about striving for more. It’s not about striving at all. It is about recognizing that life isn’t a bunch of goals to achieve or people to please; but an invitation to savor, delight, and enjoy your life just a little more.
2020-2021 Meeting Dates
MOPS Tuesday nights
Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9, March 23, April 6, April 20.
MOMSNext Thursday mornings
Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Feb. 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, April 29.
Mothers of Preschoolers
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.
Get to know other moms through our bi-weekly meetings on Thursday mornings (with childcare!), play dates, special events, social media groups, monthly newsletters 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 to make you feel welcomed!
Mothers of School-Aged Children
MOMSNext moms are in the rhythm of parenting their kindergarten+ children, yet still, encounter new challenges. These moms 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.
Moms in this stage often run from one commitment to the next. These meetings 1-2 times a month on Thursday mornings 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.
Our meetings are generally held twice monthly on Tuesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. MOMSNext will meet on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. We meet from September to December and February through April. We do not formally meet in January due to our collegiate childcare workers’ school schedules.
Every MOPS group does things a little differently. Since we have a large group, we work hard to ensure that each mom has the opportunity to comfortably connect with other moms in a small group of 8-10 people at each table. Our meetings typically open with a time to connect with other moms over brunch and coffee, relevant and thought-provoking teaching, prayer, discussion time, and dismissal.
Leadership: Each table includes a Mentor Mom and one or two Discussion Group Leaders. Mentor Moms are a group of older women who have successfully lived through the early and middle years of parenting and have committed to coming alongside and mentoring younger moms. Discussion Group Leaders fulfill their title and coordinate table activities and stay connected with members of the table.
The Discussion Group Leaders and Mentor Moms receive oversight and direction from leaders on the Steering Team, who coordinate each area of MOPS. Here is a list of our Steering Team.
MOPS/MOMSNext are not Bible studies, but instead a group of women who want to grow to be better moms, women, and leaders. You will probably hear our speakers, Discussion Group Leaders, and others reference God and Jesus and we’d love to talk with you more about what you think, but no one will judge you or pressure you to believe anything.
If you are interested in a Bible study, West Shore Free Church offers Women’s Bible Study in both the Fall and Spring. There are multiple classes and more information can be found here.