introducing the new team and the new theme.
Changes to the Team:
With the start of the new year there are some changes to the team.
Please bear with us while we all settle into these roles and do our best to keep the
momentum of MOPS going.
Mia T has stepped down from the Coordinator role
Ursula is temporarily in this role for the duration of Term One while we find a full time Coordinator
Natalie has stepped down from Finance
Kylie B is now doing Finance
Melinda has stepped down from Hospitality to take on the Assistant Coordinator role.
Michele has stepped down from Publicity and remains Discussion Group Leader
Tracey remains in the "Captain Creative" Craft role
and has also taken on the Newsletter (temporarily).
Simone and Loren assist Tracey with craft.
Del is assistant with blessings
Mentors: Sadie, Lyn?, Dott?
TABLE LEADERS (to be finalised):
Several others are currently considering roles on the team
(thanks for expressing an interest and welcome!)
and there are positions vacant as follows
As well as a definite need for:
Please speak to any member of the team or see the current Newsletter (The Daily Planet) to get further information about each of these positions.
THIS YEARS THEME IS:
Together on Planet Mum.
This year is all about the importance of relationships and connection and how these grow and change as we become Mums.
It is about not doing Motherhood alone !
The key scripture underpinning this theme is
"Where two or three of you are gathered, there I am in the midst of them"
This scripture is a great reminder that God is with us while we raise our children
and is also a great part of all our relationships.
We are built for relationship:
with ourselves, our partners, our children, our friends and our community.
Throughout the year we will be using a MOPS DVD as well as Guest Speakers to cover various topics to do with relationships such as:
Bridging Planet Me and Planet Mum
Building a Community of Friends
Growing with an Extended Family (In laws etc)
Loving and Giving in Service (Connecting with your Community)
Navigating Unsafe Relationships
Living with God
As well as the DVD MOPS International provides us with copies of a book called
"Together on Planet Mom"
which is a great resource for those that want further reading on this topic.
The book is very mum-friendly (ie quick to read, not too heavy going, and relevant to your life and the joys and challenges we all face on Planet Mum).
If you would like a copy they are available (with a carry bag and pen and maybe some other goodies?) for $20. Please see Kylie on the front desk to get your copy.
TODAY AT MOPS
Today at MOPS we looked at the DVD segment about Bridging the Gap Between Planet Me and Planet Mum and spent some time in our Discussion Groups following up on the ideas presented.
Craft was Valentine's related (making/decorating a mini book for a loved one).
A once off annual MOPS Australia registration fee of $10 per mum has been introduced. This goes to MOPS Australia to help fund the admin/support side of MOPS and keep MOPS running and growing across Australia. Please see Kylie at Finance to pay and/or for more information about this fee.
Craft Instructions - Valentines Mini Book
Cut two 4x4" card squares and four 4x5" card strips. I used brown card stock, but you can also use coloured or patterned cardstock. Fold 1" so that you have a 4x4 square, and a 1" flap - do this to all four of the 4x5" card strips.
Use glue dots or wet glue on the back of the paper flaps,
and glue each paper strip flap to each of the four sides of one of the squares.
Glue the second 4x4 card square in the center to cover up the paper strips.
Now you can decorate with pictures and embellishments, or just cute little notes and text
- the options are really endless.
Make a cute little book for your best friend, or for that special someone for Valentine's day.