FAQs

What is Mops?
Who can join MOPS?
Who can join MOPS?
Where and when does your MOPS group meet?
How do I know if MOPS is cancelled due to bad weather?
What is the format of your MOPS group?
Is there a cost to participate in MOPS?
What do your MOPS meetings look like?
My baby is still really young / my toddler is very quiet, must I place him/her in childcare?
What is MOPS International and what does it do?
I’m new to the area and don’t know anyone. How will MOPS benefit me?

What is Mops?
Our Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) is a group of local women that gather together to build relationships, encourage one another on the mothering journey, develop and strengthen each other as women. We accomplish this through bi-weekly meetings, play dates, special events, social media and more.

Who can join MOPS?
Any mom with a child, from in utero up to and through kindergarten, can be a part of MOPS. We would love to have you come!

Where and when does your MOPS group meet?
West Shore Evangelical Free Church is the gracious host of our MOPS group. We meet in their facility at 1345 Williams Grove Road, in Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. MOPS meets 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. Go through the main glass doors located towards the front of the building. Go across the Lobby, turn right. We are through the double doors at the end of the hallway. For directions, click here, or call 717-697-0226.

Our MOPS meetings are generally held twice monthly 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. Find the meeting schedule here.

How do I know if MOPS is cancelled due to bad weather?
If there is inclement weather, we follow the Mechanicsburg School District. If Mechanicsburg S.D. is delayed or closed, we will NOT have MOPS that day. You can call 717-620-2330 x6 or check www.westshorefree.com or www.mbgsd.org to learn of a delay or closure.

What is the format of your MOPS group?
Every MOPS group does things a little differently. Since we have a large group (more than 140 women), we work hard to ensure that each mom has the opportunity to comfortably connect with other moms in a small group. However, it is up to you to be open and willing to connect with other women.

Each table has 8 – 10 women, one of whom is the Mentor Mom and one or two who is/are the Discussion Group Leader(s). Discussion Group Leaders (DGLs) fulfill their title, as well as coordinate table activities and stay connected with members of the table. 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.

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 and what they do.

Is there a cost to participate in MOPS?
Our MOPS group does have membership dues – international dues and local dues. International dues go to MOPS International. Our local MOPS group operates on dues to cover the costs of child care, paper products, decorations, craft supplies, Spa Day, and other expenses. More information can be found here.

What do your MOPS meetings look like?
Our MOPS 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.

Moms come in to the church building and drop their kid(s) off in the nursery (infant up to 23 months), preschool (2-3 year olds), or downstairs past the Tiki Hut (4 year olds – 12 year olds) at MOPS Kids. Child care for homeschoolers stops at age 12. We have high-quality, well-trained, experienced child care workers. You can learn more about MOPS Kids here.

After dropping the child(ren) off, moms come to the registration table to pick up name tags, pay dues, or sign up for events, then head into the MOPS meeting room to drop off bags or other things.

Next, ladies enjoy a delicious brunch (provided by tables on a rotating schedule) and coffee. Table placement remains the same throughout the entire year, so you will always sit with the same women.

After a time, a Steering Team member will open the meeting with a prayer, announcements/ice breakers, and an introduction of our speaker(s). The speaker/panel will present and then open the group for table discussion time. The meeting will wrap up by 10:55 a.m. and moms are encouraged to pick up their children by 11 a.m., then come back to the meeting room to chat.

*Infants are allowed in the meeting room until the age of 3 months. After that time, we encourage moms to place infants in the nursery. Some moms who attend MOPS really need a break from children and limiting distractions is considerate.

Your goal is in part to “…share the love of Jesus.” Does that mean this is a religious group?
Well, we are meeting in a church, so you’ll hear some about how God is working in our lives, but God, Jesus and church will NOT be shoved down your throat.

MOPS is not a Bible study, 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 Evangelical Free Church offers Women’s Bible Study in both the Fall and Spring. There are multiple classes and more information can be found here.

My baby is still really young / my toddler is very quiet, must I place him/her in childcare?
Infants are allowed in the meeting room until the age of 3 months. After that time, we encourage moms to place infants in the nursery. Some moms who attend MOPS really need a break from children and limiting distractions is considerate.

What is MOPS Kids child care and who is taking care of my children? What do I need to bring?

What are the guidelines if my child is sick?
Upon the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics, please do not bring children with the following symptoms to MOPs Kids:

●    Fever currently or within the last 24 hours
●    Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
●    Any symptom of childhood disease
●    Runny nose with any colored discharge
●    Sore throat
●    Any unexplained rash
●    Any skin infection
●    Pink eye or other eye infection
●    Head lice — child should be free from all nits

You will be notified immediately if your child becomes sick during the MOPS meeting. Caregivers will not give medication of any kind, including Tylenol.

What is MOPS International and what does it do?
Our local chapter is connected to MOPS International through the payment of national dues, which provides amazing support, ideas, infrastructure, encouragement and more to our local chapter, chapters around the world, and to individual MOPS member moms as well.

On the large scale, MOPS International comes up with the yearly theme, graphics, support, and training for MOPS leaders of chapters all over the world.

What does MOPS International do specifically for you? They provide weekly encouraging emails, the Hello Darling magazine, Facebook and Pinterest pages, your welcome packet, and more to encourage, equip and develop you and your mom friends to live deeply and realize your potential. More information can be found at www.mops.org.

I’m new to the area and don’t know anyone. How will MOPS benefit me?
Joining MOPS is a great way to get adjusted to your new home and meet new people! It provides a welcoming and fun environment to meet other moms with children the same age as your own. When you join MOPS you will be assigned to a table of 8-10 moms. This will introduce you to a small group of moms whom you will get to know throughout the year. Your child will also benefit from our MOPS Kids program with some fun time to play with other kiddos under the supervision of loving and well-trained child care workers.