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.

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.

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