MOPS

MOPS

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
– John 10:10 (NIV)

To The FULL

Are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?* Sometimes we need the reminder that life is meant to be lived to the full. That it is OK to enjoy ourselves, to let our hair down, to worry less, and to really suck the marrow out of life (who even says that? I guess we do now). Because as far as we can tell, this is exactly how God intended for us to live – fully and abundantly.

It’s easy to forget what that feels like, though. One day we’re wide-eyed and the possibilities are endless, and then slowly, without even realizing it, we find ourselves dulled by the routines and disappointments that are a part of being human. We slowly start to lose our optimism and zest for life.

All that is about to change, because this next year is about the full life. Which means living grateful, joyful and hopeful. It means being led by the Good Shepherd and trusting that everything is working out exactly as it should.

We’ll say farewell to autopilot and regain our vitality. We’ll have more fun, get to know new people, fear less about what could go wrong or what others think. We will enjoy our kids like never before, and someday, when they wonder what life to the full looks like, they will look no farther than how mom does it.

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.

If you have ever felt like you aren’t enough, if you have forgotten to have fun or feel like you have lost your spark, then this is the fresh start you have been waiting for.
In order to live To the Full this year, we will:

Have More Fun: Fun is often the first thing to go when life gets hectic because it seems frivolous and extravagant. This year we are going to remember that we can still have fun even when life is hard. We are going to let the laundry wait and build a fort with our kids. We’ll stop waiting until everything on our to-do list is finished until we have fun, and do one thing a month just because it makes us happy. This is our year to remember what it feels like to enjoy ourselves.

Fear Less: No more fearing what people might think or say. No more letting fear paralyze us or concern about the future rob us of the present. At any given moment, there is courage inside of each of us that may be lying dormant. This year we’ll bring it to life. We’ll change our ways of thinking, calm our anxiety, and surrender our need to control. This is the year of faith over fear, and abundance over scarcity.

Find Our People: This year we’ll meet our neighbors, learn the name of the cashier at the grocery store, and invite our MOPS table over for dinner. We need our people, and they need us. Maybe it means asking someone we respect to be our mentor, or perhaps it means marching in a parade, throwing candy and inviting other moms to MOPS. Finding our people takes some vulnerability, but it will also mean being known, belonging, and helping others feel the same. Life to the full happens best with people by our side.

2019-2020 Meeting Dates

  • September 13, 27
  • October 4, 18
  • November 1, 15
  • December 6
  • January 10,24
  • February 7, 21
  • March 6, 27
  • April 3, 17
  • May 1, 15

2019-2020 Mom’s Night Out

  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • January 18
  • February 8
  • March 14
  • April 25, 30

2019-2020 Play Dates

  • September 20
  • October 25
  • November 22
  • December 27
  • January 3, 31
  • February 28
  • March 20
  • April 10
  • May 8

WHAT IS MOPS?

The MOPS program is built on several foundational principals:

  • Community: MOPS provides an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where women can come together to share this important season of life.
  • Mentoring: Mature women listen, encourage, and offer information and perspectives gained through experience.
  • Practical Instruction: Teaching focuses on areas of common interest, offering inspiration and information that is relevant to the life of a mother.
  • Leadership Development: MOPS groups are organized and run by mothers of preschoolers, as well as for mothers of preschoolers. Women who are involved in MOPS gain confidence in their leadership skills through the training and experience they receive from MOPS.

The above principles can be carried out through different aspects of a MOPS group:

  • Discussion: The intimate and accepting atmosphere of a small group offers moms a chance to share their successes, failures, questions, and concerns. It is during these times that a mom realizes that she is not alone, and lifelong friendships are formed.
  • Teaching: Topics presented at MOPS meetings celebrate motherhood and meet a mom’s unique needs during this season of life.
  • Creative Activities: Through creative projects and presentations, women are encouraged to experience the sense of accomplishment that comes with trying and finishing new things.
  • MOPPETS: During most MOPS meetings, children are cared for in a program called MOPPETS, where they experience love in a preschool-like setting.

If you are not in the Little Elm area but are interested in joining your local MOPS group, click here to search the national MOPS directory to find a group near you!

For more information from MOPS International, visit www.mops.org.

WHAT IS MOPPETS?

The MOPPETS program is designed for children from birth to 5 years of age who accompany their moms during MOPS meetings.

As with all preschool opportunities at CrossRidge Church, our teaching staff is dedicated to positive learning experiences in a warm loving Christian environment. Our goal for each child is to feel that they are loved and very special. During our learning time, children will enjoy an age-appropriate Bible lesson, craft time, play time and snacks with our dedicated and enthusiastic MOPPETS teachers.

If you have questions about the MOPPETS program or are interested in becoming a MOPPETS teacher or sub, please contact us at mops@crclife.org.

FAQ

When are your meetings?

We meet September through May. Childcare is provided starting at 8:45 am on meeting days. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm on certain Fridays, and include breakfast, a topic-focused speaker or activity, and discussion time.

Where do you meet?

Meetings are held in Room E by the South entrance of the main building of CrossRidge Church at 1701 Walker Lane, Little Elm.

What goes on at a typical meeting?

Our meetings include breakfast, a speaker or activity, and discussion time. Speakers range from a variety of topics but always concern a subject related to this stage of motherhood such as marriage, discipline, raising Godly children, nutrition & health, home organization, and personal finance. Activities or crafts are a great way to get creative and have fun getting to know our Mom friends better. Each meeting includes time for brunch, table discussion and prayer.

Are there any events outside of your regular meeting schedule?

Yes. Each table will coordinate play-dates for their members at least once per month. There is also an occasional MOPS wide play-date as well as Mom’s night out! There are even occasional opportunities to play date with other area MOPS groups. Each table may have additional activities planned for their group. We further provide the opportunity to participate in service projects throughout the year.

What do my membership dues include?

Dues for one semester are $75 Each mother is registered with MOPS International where she will receive all the benefits of membership including a guidebook, an adorable print to add beauty to your space, a bracelet to remind you to choose to flourish, discounts and music downloads, and postcards to send via snail mail. PLUS!! an annual subscription to Hello, Darling magazine, Access to Let’s Talk, Darling webinars, a FREE download of MOPS Date Night app, exclusive discount offers, and weekly inspiring emails. The remainder of membership fees is used to obtain speakers, buy craft supplies, and pay our administrative costs. Membership does not include childcare.

What if I need childcare for my preschoolers during MOPS meetings?

Free MOPPETS Childcare is available for children 5 and under, and for homeschooled children up to 6th grade. While we are enjoying fellowship, guidance, support and encouraging speakers in our MOPS meetings, our children will be enjoying an age-appropriate Bible lesson, craft time, play time and snacks with our dedicated and enthusiastic MOPPETS teachers.

How do I join?

Please print out the registration form and send it with your payment to the address at the top of the page. You will then be contacted by our membership coordinator. Registration in our MOPS program is open to any and all mothers of preschoolers!

I’ve heard that you are required to participate in fundraisers to be a part of MOPS. Is this true?

MOPS are asked to participate in two fundraisers per year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. The fundraisers help us keep our registration costs and childcare costs as low as possible. We ask that each mom voluntarily participates in our fundraisers.

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 a table. 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 the Christian based curriculum of our MOPPETS program while getting some fun time to play with other children and giving Mommy some necessary adult time! You’re welcome to visit one meeting for free before making the decision to become a member of our MOPS group (childcare cost of $5 per child will apply). We hope you decide to join us!!

What if I would like to join a MOPS group but I cannot meet on Friday mornings?

Click here to search the national MOPS directory to find other local MOPS groups that may meet at a more convenient time to suit your schedule. Getting connected with other Moms is a big part of helping you deal with these wonderful but sometimes trying preschool years! We hope that you find a group that can be an encouragement to you!