Mothers of preschoolers
MOPs International is an international organization aimed at supporting, loving and meeting mothers of young children where they are at. MOPs provides a safe environment to celebrate, (sometimes) commiserate and generally connect with other mothers in the community around you while providing on-site childcare for your little ones. For more information about our MOPs group, please follow the links below.
this year's theme
Information from MOPs International www.mops.org
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 auto pilot and regain our vitality. We’ll have more fun, get to know new people, stop fearing what could go wrong or being so afraid of 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, let’s:
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. 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 -
* From the poem, Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?, by Mary Oliver
Meeting Times and Dates
Tuition and Scholarships
Our chapter of MOPs meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from September through June, following the San Antonio NISD school calendar. We hold our meetings in the Fellowship Hall of Helotes Hills UMC from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please see the Location and Hours page for the church address and directions.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
We believe in Motherhood in all it's forms. We believe that all moms and mom-types deserve to be empowered and supported by a tribe that meets them were they are at. We believe that Motherhood comes with its own set of unique challenges, joys, guilt and triumph -- and that it takes mom to understand a mom.
The following are the tuition costs for the 2019-2020 MOPs year. We understand that life is unpredictable and there are times when we need to reach out for help. If you need assistance with tuition, a payment plan or a full scholarship, please fill out the scholarship request portion of our registration form. We ask that every member prayerfully considers their ability to pay tuition costs before registering.
Tuition is collected by semester (September - January and February - June) to help cover the cost of each member's MOPs International membership, childcare costs and general overhead costs. Payment will be collected by check or cash at our first meeting or by arrangement with Co-Coordinators.
Moms bringing an infant (under 4 months old) or NO children: $60.00
Moms bringing ONE child for MOPPETS: $80.00
Moms bringing TWO children for MOPPETS: $120.00
Moms bringing THREE OR MORE children for MOPPETS: $140.00
As a member of MOPs I understand that I am committing to making the following contributions to helping our group run:
Assist with snacks and clean-up at each meeting.
Assist in a MOPPETS room for one or more meeting per semester, as needed.
Consent to having the information I've included within my registration form shared within our MOPs group via our MOPs directory. Information used will included your name, the two ways you prefer to be contacted and the ages of your children. If you have any concerns with the directory or any of these contributions please Jessi Spina at firstname.lastname@example.org.