Purpose Statement

MOPS Purpose Statement: MOPS International exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Summary of MOPS - 19th November 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Well we had a lovely Christmas break-up morning at MOPS last Friday 19th November!

We hope that all the mums who were able to make it last week had a great time, and thank you for providing a Secret Santa gift for another mum. It looked like everyone enjoyed their gift and I don't think anyone decided to swap it!

A big thank you to Pastor Lloyd Miller for taking the time to speak to us at MOPS about Christmas in the home and heart. It gave us a great insight into the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of slowing down and taking the time to think about what is really important at this time of year. Remembering that it's not all about presents but a time to celebrate the gift of the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Thank you Lloyd, for reminding us all.

Take a look at all the gorgeous mums on each of our table groups at our Christmas celebration last week! Find your photo below. If you would like a copy, please email Tracey or comment below and we would be happy to send it to you.

And to finish up for the year, our Christmas Craft was a cute little beaded Angel for the tree...
All the mums did a great job putting this one together!

The MOPS@MBC steering team would like to wish all our mums and their families a wonderful Christmas and safe holidays. We look forward to seeing you back at MOPS on the 11th February 2011.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Summary of MOPS - 5th November 2010

We had a great turnout of Mums last Friday 5th November and some new Mums too - which is always fabulous! We love welcoming new Mums to our MOPS@MBC group and hope they make some new friends and enjoy some time of relaxation and discussion with fellow mothers who are all going through a similar season in their life. We hope to have you all back for the next meeting!

A big thank you to Karen Askey-Doran for sharing her experience as a roving Regional MOPS Coordinator last Friday with our Mums!

Everyone enjoyed listening to how Karen originally became involved in MOPS and why she loves her role so much, visiting MOPS groups while her family travels around Australia.

Karen's gorgeous eldest daughter, Josie, also shared some stories with the Mums.

The craft activity was also a hit with everyone last week I think, with some very creative pieces being designed by the Mums. The craft activity was covering wooden bangles with decorative paper, using Modpodge (gloss glue). We had some beautiful oriental paper which was colour coordinated with some plain paper and everyone came up with some wonderful creations.
(Photos coming soon)

I'm very proud of the creativity shown by our Mums this year and think they all deserve a pat on the back for giving everything a try! See... you CAN do it!

Artwork from Kevin Downey's Art Class on 22nd October...

We would also love to see the painted masterpieces from those Mums that participated in Kevin Downey's Art Class on the 22nd October.

Unfortunately a few of us weren't there to see the creations, so if you can bring your masterpiece in with you to the next MOPS meeting on the 19th Nov, we would love to take a photo of you with your work of art and post them on the blog. Please, please...!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Summary of MOPS - 8th October 2010

On Friday 8th October, we had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Morrison, from Art of Dentistry, who presented the Glory2Glory Dental Ministry to the MOPS@MBC Mums, as well as providing us with some great tips for dental care for ourselves and our children.

In these images below, Andrea is showing Angela the best way to introduce oral hygiene to babies and toddlers. Even before your baby's teeth appear, it is recommended that you gently wipe the gums with a moistened soft cloth once a day. Once the baby teeth start to appear, it is recommended that parents use a baby's toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.

Up to the age of 18mths, teeth should be brushed with plain water, once a day after the last feed in the evening. Special low-fluoride toothpastes developed for young children can then be introduced around 18mths of age. Even then, only use a smear of toothpaste and teach your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing.

From around the age of 4 to 5 years, children should begin to learn how to brush their own teeth. Children do not have the manual skills to effectively clean their teeth until around 8 years of age. Until then, a combined effort between parents and children is required.

Andrea and her husband Colin, along with a team of other dental professionals, have recently established a dental clinic in a Burmese refugee camp in Northern Thailand, home to more than 50,000 refugees who have fled the atrocities of Burma. The camp had no dental facilities and many of the children examined were found to have severe tooth decay and dental disease. The clinic will initially care for the needs of the 500+ school children who attend one of the Schools, but will eventually provide dental care to a larger area.

Thanks to Andrea for her time and effort in presenting to us on Friday and for imparting her wisdom with regards to dental care for our families.

For more information on oral hygiene for your children, please visit www.babyteeth.com.au.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Summary of MOPS - 10th September 2010

Thank you to all our Mums for making our Baby Shower for Lily House a wonderful success!

We had many very generous mums donating lots of great gifts and necessities for the young mums and babies of Lily House. Fiona Browne of Lily House was overwhelmed by our generosity.

Fiona spoke to us about the amazing work she and her husband Darrin have done in setting up this safe haven for young pregnant mothers on the Sunshine Coast who have come from difficult circumstances and are trying to get their lives on track and make a fresh start. This safe, nurturing environment provides a wonderful start in life for their babies as well. Fiona had some heart-rending stories to tell and they touched us all.

We also decorated some fabric bags for our husbands (man-bags) or kids and here are a couple of photos of our Mums hard at work.

We hope you all enjoyed the morning.

See you all back here for Term 4, on Friday 8th October.

Love from the MOPS @MBC leadership team. xo

Monday, September 06, 2010

Women's Lifestyle Expo - Sunshine Coast

Hi Ladies,

Here is some information on the Women's Lifestyle Expo on Saturday 11th September at Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina from 9am to 5pm.

This year the Women’s Lifestyle Expo 2010 promises to entice women of all ages!
The support from many women and organisations across our community working together will make this Expo a wonderful experience for all women.

On offer to all women of the Sunshine Coast is:
Over $25,000 in prizes
Over 120 Exhibitors including 20 Community Groups

For more information contact
Sue Frost
Mob: 0427 375 727
Email: coastexpo@ymail.com

Here is a link to the Workshop details...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Summary of MOPS - August 27th

Another great morning at MOPS@MBC on Friday 27th August, with Issy Parsons, Pattie and Sara speaking about the women's ministry, 'Women with a Mission', and sharing with us about their recent trip to Cambodia to help out with Destiny Rescue, an orphanage, and in the slums of Phnom Pehn.

Their experiences touched us all and the MOPS team hopes the Mums enjoyed the morning.

To find out more about the great work that Destiny Rescue is doing for young girls and women in Cambodia, Thailand, Mozambique and India... go to their website and help in any way you can...

Destiny Rescue Australia - www.destinyrescue.org/aus/

The Craft activity involved making a beaded necklace and I think everyone enjoyed this. There are some pics below of everyone concentrating on their designs...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Girls Night In... but Boys also welcome!

Come and enjoy a night out with the girls at the Maroochy Baptist Centre with a once only performance on the Sunshine Coast by singer songwriter Julia Grace, direct from New Zealand. The mother of two blends strong melodic hooks with honest lyrics and a heartfelt story or three, captivating crowds – especially of the female variety.

Julia is playing at Women’s Conferences in Brisbane and is coming up the coast, to us, for one night only. She is releasing her second album, through Parachute Music , “Beautiful Survivor” on August 10. We are so excited that she will be performing for us just 15 days later!!!

Be blown away by Julia’s new stylistic direction, with a more stripped back and acoustic sound than her previous self-titled debut album, and there’s a new grit to her subject matter.

Tickets are available NOW at MBC reception and bookshop. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out prior. For any further enquiry, please contact 5443 1582.

Wednesday 25th August
7.00pm - 9.30pm
$10.00 per person
Maroochy Baptist Centre
186 Wises Road, North Buderim

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summary of MOPS - August 13th

I think everyone enjoyed our guest speaker on Friday, Donna Spence of Vana Childcare Ministries, who spoke to us about this wonderful not-for-profit organisation caring for orphaned children in Zimbabwe. Vana is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 2006 by Errol and Donna Spence (Australia) and Pastor Makoni and Jane Goredema (Zimbabwe).

The mission of Vana Childcare Ministries is to provide a nurturing family for parentless children to care for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. They show the children God’s love and His way through prayer and example. They teach the children skills that will help them to succeed in life.

Vana Australia is responsible for providing resources of time, skill and finances to the project, where Vana Zimbabwe is responsible for the day to day oversight of buildings, staff, and specifically the children’s welfare.

We raised $25.50 from our gold coin donation, so thanks to all the mums who donated to this ministry! We would also like to thank Donna for being able to step in with only a week's notice when our other speaker had to reschedule.

To find out how you can sponsor a child, fundraise, donate or participate in a mission trip, go to www.vana.org.au.

Creative Activity: This week we decorated children's coathangars and had time to make some extra ones for one of our upcoming charities, Lily House. We had some very creative mums this week!

Friday, August 13, 2010

I need this

There are weeks when church feels more like a chore than a celebration.

Four kids. Early morning. Spilled milk. The wrong cereal. Tangled hair. Bickering and whining.

It’s a struggle to make it out the door with clothes and shoes, much less a heart dressed for worship.

There are weeks I wonder why I bother.
Can’t I worship at home?
Does God really need me to travel to a building?
Why all this work?

But then I get there and even if I only have five minutes between kids needing to know how to spell blueberry and “Mom, can I have a piece of gum?” I remember.

I need this.

I need this desperately.

I’m so dry and calloused, I can’t even tell that I’m numb.

I need this time of awakening.

The crust that seals my eyes is gently wiped away and again I see.

I see God.
I hear God.
I feel God.

He is.

Once again, I feel Him stir in my soul. I am alive with wonder and gratitude.

Oh, how I need this.

From the blog "Love Well"

Things I taught my children

Found here In my on going, and usually monumentally unsuccessful, attempt at getting organize, I was sorting through an archaic stack when I came upon an old steno notebook that I had been writing in back when my children were in elementary school. I remember at the time I had decided to jot down the wit and wisdom I had taught my children. These weren't rules written on a board somewhere, but the casual lessons taught on an on going basis. Some might seem self evident…but one thing I learned very early on in parenting was…ASSUME NOTHING! The following is a list that I threw together that evening. Now, I find the list to be both amusing and nostalgic. Although not exhaustive, and there were certainly more things added to the list as the children got older, these got them through the first decade of their life! These were written in no particular order...just as they popped into my head! 1. Spend some part of every day outside. 2. Don’t watch television on school days. 3. Do your homework before you go to bed. 4. Don’t swear. 5. Don’t tell dirty jokes. 6. Keep change in your pockets at Christmas to throw in the Salvation Army Buckets. 7. Make a point of reading biographies. 8. Never share an important secret with someone who says, “You can trust me.” 9. Smile a lot! 10. Ask the new kid at school to eat lunch with you and your friends. 11. Don’t tattle. 12. Wear a helmet when you bike on the road. 13. Don’t be a show off. 14. Call your grandmother, often. 15. Use most of your allowance to buy things for other people. 16. Learn to type. 17. Never be the first in your bus line. 18. Cry if it hurts. 19. Never talk badly about anyone. 20. Never buy your teachers perfume or a coffee mug. 21. Have your teacher over for lunch or dinner at least once during the school year. (After I started teaching, I revised this to NEVER invite your teacher over for lunch or dinner. If you really like them give them a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant so they can have a leisurely dinner themselves.) 22. Never talk to strangers. 23. Never go near parked cars. 24. Be alone in your room, not on the street. 25. Stop, look and listen before you cross the street. 26. Never flush anything except toilet paper and your body’s waste. 27. Go for comfort over style. 28. Keep your ears clean. 29. Never let a romantic interest come between friends. 30. Don’t lie. 31. It’s okay to color outside the lines. 32. Learn to shoot marbles, jump rope and play hopscotch. 33. Learn to play an instrument, well. 34. Learn to appreciate your parent’s music. 35. If your neighbors can hear your music when the doors and windows are shut, it’s too loud! 36. Assume nothing. 37. Don’t be quick to judge. 38. Hear people out. 39. Unzip your pants before you try to put them on. 40. Leave the toilet seat down. 41. Don’t be sarcastic. 42. Never use the expression, “But everyone else is”, in an argument with your parents. 43. Believe in Santa Claus. 44. Only ask Santa for 1 gift. 45. Get a pen pal. 46. Pray. 47. Get a magazine subscription, and then read it cover to cover. 48. Learn to bake something that doesn’t come out of a box. 49. Read The Giving Tree. 50. Don’t pick your nose in public. 51. Every once in a while, tell your siblings you love them. 52. Don’t start smoking. 53. Ask your parents and grandparents to tell you stories about their childhood. 54. Never stick anything metal in a toaster. 55. After a shower or bath, dry off with a towel before putting on your clothes. 56. Cover your mouth when you sneeze. 57. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom. 58. Flush 59. Share your lunch with someone who forgot theirs. 60. Feed your pets. 61. Don’t put dirty socks and underwear on a clean body. 62. Change your socks and underwear daily. 63. Don’t watch anything on television or at the movies you would feel embarrassed watching with God. 64. Don’t abuse your phone privileges. 65. Never make your parents breakfast in bed. (Disastrous memories surface!) 66. Occasionally, clean something without being told to. 67. Don’t forget your prayers. 68. Never take drugs. 69. Never Take Drugs. 70. NEVER TAKE DRUGS. 71. Memorize your locker combination. 72. Don’t throw ice balls. 73. Never cancel plans to wait for a phone call. 74. Don’t change your plans with someone because something better came up. 75. Be courteous to adults. 76. Get to know your friends’ parents. 77. Don’t be rude. 78. Be curious. Question everything. 79. Always accept sincere apologies. 80. Don’t wear socks with holes in them. 81. Mend holes in socks. 82. Find something good in everyone. 83. There are many things in this world worth fighting for. Choose your battles wisely. 84. Remind your parents to recycle. It’s your future they’re protecting. 85. Recycle and reuse. 86. Don’t be wasteful. 87. Set good examples for your parents. 88. Learn to dance. 89. Learn the difference between “I need” and “I want”. 90. Learn to control your wants. 91. Don’t ask your parents to buy you something you wouldn’t be willing to spend your own money on. 92. Read something out loud daily. 93. Never take food for granted. 94. Never take your home for granted. 95. Never take your education for granted. 96. Never take your parents for granted. 97. Never take your country for granted. 98. Always sing the National Anthem even if you can’t hit the high notes. 99. Stand at attention and cover your heart for the Pledge Allegiance. 100. Have fun! 101. Memorize poems you love. 102. Keep hope in your heart. 103. Dare to dream for more than you thing possible, then make it happen. 104. Never run with scissors. 105. Don’t put your tongue on cold metal. 106. No matter how bad your day was, home will make it better. 107. Lie on your back, look up at the stars, and feel the earth turn. 108. Brush your teeth twice a day or three times a day if you ate something disgusting. 109. Use toothpaste on your toothbrush. 110. Brush for at least 2 minutes. 111. Acknowledge who you are when you make phone calls. Don’t assume everyone knows your voice. 112. If you take a message, give a message. 113. Never ease drop on another phone. 114. Return library books on time. 115. Return things you borrow in the same condition or better. 116. Only loan things that you’re willing to never see again. 117. Never use rubber cement to glue anything to your body. (A lesson my youngest and I learned the hard way.) 118. Have friends of the opposite sex. 119. Tell your parents everything another adult tells you not to tell your parents. 120. Make your bed daily. 121. Turn your socks right side out before throwing them into the laundry. 122. When given the chance, sleep in. 123. Every once in a while, get up before everyone else and enjoy the quiet of the morning. 124. Take some time everyday to be alone with your thoughts. 125. Never call 900 numbers. 126. You don’t have to like all foods, but be adventurous enough to try everything at least once. 127. Ask for help when you need it. 128. Don’t ask for help if you can do it yourself. 129. Offer to help when you can. 130. Don’t write anything in a note that you’re not willing to have the whole school know about it. 131. Be generous with your hugs. 132. Stick up for those who can’t defend themselves. 133. Use public restrooms only when you absolutely have to. (Personal repulsion!) 134. Never tell someone they deserved what they got, even if they did. 135. Use eating utensils in public. 136. When in doubt, talk to your parents. 137. Find out when your teacher’s birthday is and do something nice for him or her. 138. Learn all three verses to Silent Night. 139. Don’t litter. 140. When possible, pick up litter and throw it away. 141. Take the advice of your parents over your peers. 142. Grow up but not away from your family. 143. Use deodorant if you need it. 144. Don’t squeeze pimples. 145. If you’re doing something you don’t want your parents to find out about, chances are you shouldn’t be doing it. 146. Learn to see the insides of people, not just the outsides. 147. There’s no shame in failure if you tried your best. 148. Laugh a lot! 149. Learn to be a good listener. 150. Don’t say anything about someone you wouldn’t say in front of them. 151. Never get in a car with someone who’s been drinking. 152. Apply Vaseline to your eyebrows before blowing record breaking bubbles. 153. Don’t be in a hurry to grow up. 154. When filling a bathtub, you need to account for body mass. 155. Abhor violence. 156. On very hot days, lick your ice cream cones quickly. 157. Learn the difference between sympathy and empathy. 158. Be empathetic. 159. Eventually, your mother will look under your bed. 160. Be honest. 161. Don’t cheat. 162. Learn some really funny clean jokes. 163. Throw up in toilets. 164. Hold hands in a crowd. 165. When you’re out in a crowd, always have a place to meet in case you get separated. 166. Remember where your mom parks the car at the mall. 167. Never try something if it's prefaced with "Does this taste bad to you?"
168. When given the opportunity, run through sprinklers.

Things you dont say to your wife

Monday, August 09, 2010

Friday, August 06, 2010

Summary of MOPS: July 30th

A big thank you to Leith Harding for coming in to speak with the MOPS@MBC Mums on the 30th July about the wonderful work of the Grace Centres in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

Their mission is to provide care for families and children by equipping and supporting mothers in their care role, giving children every possible advantage available to grow in a stable environment, and through education and training, empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow.

If you would like to help out this wonderful non-profit Christian organisation, please bring in to MOPS during the rest of Term 3, either some lactose free baby formula, paw paw ointment or baby pilchers (plastic pants to go over cloth nappies). Just pass this on to one of the MOPS steering team and we will ensure it gets to Leith for their next trip to Ethiopia. If you would like to read more about this charity, or even volunteer on a mission team to Ethiopia, please view their website at... http://www.gracecentres.org

Morning Tea: Chunky Raisin Toast provided by the MOPS@MBC team - was yummy!

Craft: "Look what I made" wooden plaques for our children's artwork.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Baby Boy for Natalie & Chris Stevenson!

On behalf of the MOPS@MBC team and all the Mums, we would like to welcome the 5th addition to the Stevenson household, and their first boy... Felix Jazz. Congratulations Nat and Chris!!!

Felix was born on 13th July just before 3pm and weighed approx. 7 pounds. Both Mum and bub are home and doing well.

We pray that Natalie recovers quickly and that we see both Natalie and Felix at MOPS soon!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summary of MOPS: July 16th

The MOPS meeting on Friday 16th July was a great introduction to the topic of Loving and Giving in Service which will run for most of this term.

Safe Birthing Kits...

One charity mentioned at this meeting was the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.

The UNFPA supports Safe Motherhood...
Every day, more than 1,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth. And for every woman who dies, 20 or more experience serious complications. Of the hundreds of thousands of women who die during pregnancy or childbirth each year, 90 per cent occur in Africa and Asia. The majority of women are dying from severe bleeding, infections, eclampsia, obstructed labour and the consequences of unsafe abortions--all causes for which we have highly effective interventions.

In Australia, the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia), is an organisation dedicated to improving the conditions for women who give birth at home in developing countries (http://www.birthingkitfoundation.org.au).

We asked the Mums at MOPS on Friday to provide a gold coin donation to this charity if possible and we raised $28 to go towards the provision of Birthing Kits for mothers in developing countries.

The birthing kit addresses the 7 cleans needed for a safe delivery. The kits are basic with 6 items. A plastic sheet, soap, 2 gloves, sterile scalpel blade, 3 cords and 5 gauze squares.

Each kit only costs AUD $2.50 to put together and transport to the destination country, so MOPS@MBC have donated 11 birthing kits to deserving mothers! Thank you to all those who donated to this worthy charity. If you would still like to donate a gold coin to this charity, please pass it onto Kylie at our next meeting on 30th July.

A Birthing Kit...

Craft: Beaded decoration for handbag or belt

Friday, July 16, 2010

Job Description of a parent

Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop


Long term, team players needed, for challenging
permanent work in an,
Often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication
and organizational skills and be willing to work
variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends
and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to
primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!
Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Extensive courier duties also required.


The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,
until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a
pack mule
and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat
in case, this time, the screams from
the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,
such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets
and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and
coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings
for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute,
an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a
half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for
the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and
janitorial work throughout the facility.


Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills,
so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you


None required unfortunately.
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.


Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because
of the assumption that college will help them
become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that
you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.


While no health or dental insurance, no pension,
no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and
no stock options are offered;
this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth
and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

Forward this on to all the PARENTS you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis,
letting them know they are appreciated
for the fabulous job they do...
or forward with love
to anyone thinking of applying for the job.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Chicks at the Flicks - Wednesday 21st July - 6.45pm

It's time again for a girl's night out at the movies... Chicks at the Flicks is back at the Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza Cinemas on Wednesday 21st July at 6.45pm. Get your girlfriends together and enjoy a night out for $20, including a jam-packed girly goody bag! Why not meet for dessert and coffee afterwards...

The movie showing this time is the romantic comedy, 'Killers', starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. 'Killers' is the story of Spencer (Kutcher) who is just your average, undercover, government-hired super-assassin. When he meets Jen Kornfeldt (Heigl), he finds true love…and happily trades international intrigue for domestic bliss.

Enjoying a picture-perfect marriage, Spencer becomes the target of a multi-million dollar hit. The hired killers have been stalking the happy couple for years, and could be anyone: friends, neighbors, the grocery store clerk, even that crabby old guy shuffling across the street.

Now Spencer and Jen are on the run for their lives, all the while trying to save their marriage, and just plain survive. For more information and a look at the trailer, please visit... http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/chicksattheflicks . Get in early to get your seats online as these events sell out quickly!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Congratulations - Lisa Lindley (Psychologist)

Congratulations to Lisa Lindley a Sunny Coast psychologist and founder of PND Support Groups on the coast who has spoken at MOPS from time to time over the years. Lisa has been nominated for a Pride of Australia award in the category of Care and Compassion for her work with PND and also overseas.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Encouragement - "When I Am Feeling Brittle"

I discovered another "mumma blog" recently that goes by the name "Sorta Crunchy".

I read this great post today (titled When I Am Feeling Brittle) all about the need for REGENERATION nd thought would pass it on to all our lovely MOPS Mums via this blog as I am sure many of you would also relate to it and be encouraged by it as I have been.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What to Expect : )

Saw this somewhere in internet land and had to share!

Theme Scripture

Psalm 139

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Annual MOPS Participation Fee

The annual MOPS Participation Fee of $10 assists MOPS Australia in covering the cost of training for Regional Coordinators to help other MOPS groups to develop around Australia. It also allows more MOPS group leaders around Australia to access regional training.

This will go a long way to helping MOPS Australia bring MOPS to more Mums around Australia.

When you register for MOPS each year, you will be handed an Annual Participation Fee form, and we ask that if you are able to pay this $10 participation fee, please do so before the end of April 2011.

The payment options are...
1. Direct Debit to MOPS Australia bank account
2. Credit card
3. Cheque payable to MOPS Australia
4. Cash to MOPS@MBC front desk

Thank you, from the MOPS@MBC team.

How did MOPS begin?

It was a Tuesday morning, at about 9.30. They each had faced spilled cereal, tangled hair, and a few had even been forced to change their outfits due to a last-minute baby throw-up on a shoulder or lap. They had driven, or pushed strollers, to the church and had dropped their little ones off in the creche. They had made it!

And now they sat, knees almost touching, in the circle of children's chairs from the Sunday school room. Hands held hot cups of tea and biscuits in utter freedom because this treat did not have to be shared with a child's sticky fingers. Mouths moved in eager, uninterrupted conversation. Eyes sparkled with enthusiasm. Hearts stirred with understanding. Needs were met.

That morning in 1973, was the first morning of MOPS, or Mothers of Preschoolers. Little was it known that from this small beginning in a church in Colorado, USA, the seeds of the MOPS concept and format had been planted. The needs of the women were met even then, through the opportunity for friendship, creative outlet and spiritual emphasis. MOPS International now charters approximately 2,500 MOPS groups in churches in the United States and 13 other countries throughout the world.

How did MOPS begin in Australia?

How did MOPS begin in Australia?

Nineteen years later and thousands of kilometres away, the same mutual need for sharing was realised by a group of mums with children under school age in Melbourne. After reading about the MOPS concept in the US, leaders introduced the program to the Clayton Church of Christ Fellowship in early 1990 and MOPS was born in Australia. From this small beginning, the seeds for future growth were planted, resulting in the formation of an affiliated body to support the ever-increasing number of Australian groups and the mums they served.

Since its formation in June 2000, MOPS Australia, Inc has grown rapidly and there are currently over 100 groups throughout Australia. In the last year alone, 35 new groups have commenced, with groups starting up regularly throughout different Christian denominations. Groups now meet in every state and territory in Australia, with an estimated ministry to approximately 2500 mums and 3000 children.

How did MOPS begin at MBC?

A Brief History of MOPS at MBC by Karen Askey-Doran (COordinator of MOPS til 2008 and currently Regional Coordinator).

In 1999, the leader of MBC’s women’s ministry caught the vision of MOPS. At that time I was a new Mum with little inclination to help; I was interested but not convicted!

Roughly a year later another meeting was held to generate interest. At this time I had another little baby girl, a 16-month-old toddler and, although I was unaware of it, Post Natal Depression. And once again people were interested but not compelled to lead.

In 2005 Holly, caught the vision of MOPS and began to sow the seeds of interest throughout the young Mums in our church. Robyn Robertson came to our first meeting and inspired us into action…the seeds Holly planted took hold!

People came slowly at first to fill the positions, it seemed there were a lot of blanks for a long time! Holly was going to be our Coordinator and when she filled out the charter she realised that a Mother of Preschoolers should really fill that role…. So she called me! Very graciously, Holly took a side step into a Mentoring role (very appropriate really).

God was moving in our midst, we had been blessed with an inspired team of 15 Mops Leaders and 9 Moppets Leaders, each one having a testimony about how God had lead them to this ministry!

I suspect that God has big plans for our group. I still feel very inadequate sometimes but I do trust God and I want to serve him and to reach out to Mums who are hurting, to support them. I want to encourage, you know, to build up… to make a difference in people’s lives, especially my children’s!

I know I’m not alone… In Romans 8:28 it says “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” He planned for my girls, my twins, my battle with PND. He planned for MOPS - at this time - in our church! The door has literally been flung open!

What happens at a MOPS meeting?

When a mum enters a MOPS meeting, she is greeted by a friendly face and escorted to MOPPETS, where her children enjoy their special part of the MOPS program. In MOPPETS, children from infancy through to school age experience a caring environment while they learn, sing, play and make crafts.

Once her children are settled, the MOPS mum joins a program tailor-made to meet her needs. She can grab something to eat and not have to share it! She can finish a sentence and not have to speak in words of two syllables!

The program typically begins with a brief lesson taught by an older mum who's been through the challenging years of mothering and who can share from her experience and from the truths taught in the Bible. Then the women move into small discussion groups where there are no "wrong answers" and each mum is free to share her joys and struggles with other mums who truly understand her feelings. In these moments, long-lasting friendships are often made on the common ground of finally being understood.

From here, the women participate in a craft or other creative activity. For mums who are often frustrated by the impossibility of completing anything in their unpredictable days, this activity is deeply satisfying. It provides a sense of accomplishment and growth for many mums.

Because mums of preschoolers themselves lead MOPS, the program also offers women a chance to develop their leadership skills and other talents. It takes organisation, creativity, and management skills to run a MOPS program successfully.

By the time they finish the MOPS meeting and pick up their children, the mums feel refreshed and better able to mother. MOPS helps them recognise that mums have needs too! And when they take the time to meet those needs, they find they are more effective in meeting the needs of their families.

Meeting the needs of Mothers of Preschoolers

The MOPS program is dedicated to meeting the needs of mothers of preschoolers. These needs have been identified by Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall in their book, What Every Mum Needs:

The need for Identity: Sometimes I'm not sure who I am

The need for Growth: Sometimes I long to develop who I am

The need for Relationship: Sometimes I long to be understood

The need for Help: Sometimes I need to share the load

The need for Perspective: Sometimes I lose my focus

The need for Hope: Sometimes I wonder if there's more to life

Here's How Some Mums Describe MOPS

"MOPS means that I am able to share the joys and frustrations and insecurities of being a mum. Our meetings provide the opportunity to hear someone else say, "I was up all night," or "They're driving me crazy!"

MOPS mum, Perth

"As a single mum, this is the first group I've felt accepted in for who I am."

MOPS mum, Canberra

'On my first day at MOPS, I knew my life had changed forever! The women made me feel so relaxed. I had a peace I hadn't felt for a long time. They were so caring, pleasant, helpful…the list goes on! I just want to say, "Thank you MOPS!" If it weren't for MOPS, I wouldn't be where I am today.'

MOPS mum, Melbourne

'When I first started MOPS, I was very, very lonely. MOPS gave me a chance to get out of the house which I was grateful for. The talks were very informative. I found out a lot through these talks. My problems seemed to become smaller. When I first started at MOPS, I thought I was a Christian. I wasn't. Through MOPS I can now say, 'I am a Christian.' MOPS to me is not only Mothers of Pre Schoolers, but My Own Private Salvation!'

MOPS mum, Canberra