Ministry Coordinator: Rachel Norman (610-639-6911)
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) exists for you. Being a mom is beautiful and hard and we get that sometimes you just need a safe space to breathe. A place to get some encouragement that what you are doing matters. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. Whether you are a soon-to-be mom, first-time mom, or seventh-time mom, you are welcome here. Find us on Facebook @MOPS of Sharptown.
Meeting Times: MOPS meets at Sharptown Church on alternate Tuesdays every month from September through May (see meeting dates below). Meetings are from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. For childcare, please bring children to the nursery or classroom between 9:15-9:30 a.m.
|September 10||January 7|
|September 24||January 21|
|October 8||February 4|
|October 22||February 18|
|November 5||March 3|
|November 19||March 17|
|December 3||March 31|
|December 17||April 14|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
• What is a MOPS meeting like?
A MOPS meeting includes food and fellowship, teaching time on issues relevant to moms and families today. i.e, motherhood, potty training, nutrition, financial planning, marriage, time management, small group discussion, a creative activity (some of the time) and quality childcare for your children.
• What about the children?
Your children will be cared for by a team of childcare workers. Children ages birth-3 years are in two rooms (nursery area) and ages 4+ are in another. Children ages 4+ are taught about God in a structured MOPPETS program.
• Do I have to be a member of Sharptown Church to attend MOPS?
NO, you do not have to attend Sharptown Church to attend MOPS…the only qualification is that you must be a mom of a preschooler (birth – kindergarten age) and please bring a friend!
• How much does it cost?
MOPS International requires all MOPS members to pay a $31.95 registration fee. MOPS membership provides resources and some fun goodies that remind you that you are important and we are all in this together. Our Mom Membership includes:
One of the first ways we welcome you into MOPS is with our TO THE FULL Welcome Kit, delivered right to your doorstep!
· Journal to help moms embrace fun
· Prayer cards
· Iron-on patch to remind moms to fear less
· Encouraging stickers
· Theme print
LIBRARY OF VIDEOS
We’ve brought in the experts to share advice on the things you care about most … and we’ll deliver them to your inbox each week. They are short, sweet and insightful. We will share fresh perspectives on mothering, finances, sex, work, technology, marriage, faith and health, just to name a few.
ACCESS TO MEMBER SITE
You’ll get access to our Member Site, where you can easily find helpful and encouraging videos, articles, discounts and more – all in ONE place. Think of it as your go-to spot for mama wisdom and inspiration. We built it for moms just like you, and it’s packed with resources to help you successfully get through each day.
A small donation ($3.00) is asked per meeting to cover expenses such as craft supplies for the moms and children, as well as snacks for the children.
If you have any more questions about MOPS at Sharptown Church, please contact our ministry coordinator.
Find out more information about MOPS International.
Beginning September 10, 2019 – To the Full:
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)
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.