Mothers of Preschoolers
What is MOPS?
Mothers of Preschoolers
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is an international nonprofit organization designed to support and meet the unique needs of mothers and preschoolers (expectant mothers through kindergarten). Our MOPS group is a smart, relevant, and caring network helping moms to be better moms. Mothers and children meet separately, allowing a morning out for moms, who can relax, enjoy a guest speaker, create crafts, and enjoy adult conversation. We have an inviting environment where women can come to build friendships, be encouraged, and gain practical parenting strategies. While the moms are meeting together, our children are lovingly cared for in the MOPPETS program. We all share the desire to be the best moms we can be and we strive to provide a place of support and love. It is our desire that every mom will know that she is a part of God’s bigger purpose, picture, and plan.
MOMSnext is a group for moms of elementary-aged children. First Hurst MOPS ministry is introducing this new group for what’s next after MOPS, because your job as a mom doesn’t end after your children enter school. New challenges and issues arise, but the need for community and hope remains. Whether your kids are in school or homeschooled, MOMSnext group will be an open, accepting place for all mothers of elementary-age kids to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope, just as our MOPS group does. MOMSnext will meet alongside our current MOPS group on the same day, and you will get to have the same experience as our MOPS group does, just with a little more personalized approach relative to your elementary-aged children.
Visit the MOPS website for more info.
Why Do I Need MOPS?
"There is no more significant group of cultural changers in the world than mothers."
- Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life
MOPS is the place for YOU!
MOPS is dedicated to the message that "mothering matters," and that moms of young children need encouragement during these critical early years. Our MOPS program helps mothers find friendship and acceptance, provides places for real and open connection, and helps each mom experience God's love through relationships and resources.
"Mothers all over the world get tired every day; what matters is that we encourage and help each other in our roles as women and moms."
- Emily, a mother
"I have been granted the greatest gift of all. I am the audience and conductor of our children's life-long concert. While their fingers are merely touching keys and strings, MOPS has taught me the importance of my hands' work. As a mother, my hands are entrusted with God's greatest composition, the formation of a child. Every caress, each wipe, and any touch can create repercussions that will resonate throughout a lifetime."
- Donna, a mother
▪ Watch a short video: When I Became a Mom
Meetings & Announcements
Our MOPS/MOMSnext group meets during the school year on the second Thursday of each month, 9:30am-12noon, and every other week for Tuesday Bible study from 9:30-11:30am. Visitors are always welcome to join us. Please note that a childcare reservation is required for each meeting. See below for details.
Meeting Policies & Procedures
Dues for the 2016-2017 year will be a one-time fee of $80 for both semesters. These dues include membership to MOPS International, childcare, speakers, door prizes, crafts, and a bi-weekly Bible study.
▪ Childcare Reservations
Childcare will be provided at each meeting, but reservations need to be made each month. Please make reservations by emailing your name, child's name, and child's birth date to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations need to be made no later than the Monday before the Thursday meeting, when possible.
▪ Childcare Requirements
All children may be checked into their rooms beginning at 9:15am. If your child requires the use of a diaper bag, please include a change of clothes and diapers along with a bottle or sippy cup. Please clearly label each item with your child's name. Please notify teachers of any allergies your child may have. Children 12 weeks old and younger are not required to be in childcare and are welcome in the meeting. Homeschooled Kindergarten through 6th grade children are welcome as well. They are welcome to bring bookwork and their own supplies with them to the room, provided that they are able to do the work on their own.
▪ Health Considerations
If your child displays any of the following symptoms, he/she needs to remain home: fever within the last 24 hours, diarrhea, vomiting, heavy nasal congestion, eye discoloration/discharge, or contagious rash. This helps insure that each child, teacher, and mommy stays well.
Meeting Dates & Speaker Schedule
Click on a date below to view that month's announcements.
▪ 9/8 - Peggy Osborne
▪ 10/13 - Heather Creekmore
MOPS Bible Study
First Hurst MOPS also hosts a Bible study every other Tuesday. Join us for engaging, intriguing, and enlightening discussion as we study God’s word from 9:30–11:30am. Childcare drop-off begins at 9:15am. Childcare reservations are required. For more info and for dates, please contact us.
▪ Ashley Qualley, MOPS Coordinator
▪ Kellie Charbonneau, Pastor of Preschool Ministries, 817.282.3628 x124
▪ Make a childcare reservation