Decide To Rise
This year, we want to tell you two things that will change your life if you believe them.
First, 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
Second, 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.
“The villagers ceased in Israel; they ceased to be until I arose; I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.”Judges 5:7 (ESV)
Before God appointed Deborah, the inhabitants of Israel were distressed and had no fight left in them. Does this sound familiar? Is it possible that through this MOPS community of ours, each of us could reignite a sense of strength, joy and courage back into ourselves, our homes and our culture?
This is the year we arise as mothers to awaken a weary and sleeping world. The year to accept and believe that God will fulfill his promises to you, and to embrace your motherhood as a catalyst to his plans and promises for you.
2020 Meeting Dates
Our meetings will be virtual and small table gatherings. Friday evenings will meet from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We will also have one Friday morning table at 9:00 am. No childcare will provided.
- September 18: 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
- October 2: 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
- October 16: 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
- October 30: 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
- November 6: 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
- November 20: 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
- December 18: 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Meetings are held in Room E by the South entrance of the main building of CrossRidge Church at 1701 Walker Lane, Little Elm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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!