This journey of motherhood is best traveled with others. Here at MOPS we want to do just that - provide you with a tribe of supportive women as you navigate the world of motherhood, faith, and life together. MOPS, which stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers”, is for moms with one or more children ages birth to kindergarten. MOPS is part of an international movement to locally connect moms, no matter their personal or faith background, who share in this common bond of raising little ones.
We believe that it’s just as important for moms to grow as it is to raise our little ones. Therefore MOPS serves both you and your kids. While your children play and learn in the care and safety of on-site childcare, MOPS moms meet just down the hallway to socialize, hear from speakers, engage in creative activities and small group discussion, and share in a kid-uninterrupted breakfast and coffee break. Our hope is that you walk away refreshed, inspired, connected, and ready to brave the day.
Each year MOPS has a theme that inspires our meeting topics, speakers, and outlook - a concept that will guide our entire tribe of women for the coming year. The 2017-18 theme is Free Indeed.
What do you long for? What is the thing that your heart craves? Is it possible that your deepest desire is to be free? Free from worry. Free from feeling stuck. Free from hustling to be loved. Free from a heaviness you can’t put your finger on. Free from thinking you should be someone other than exactly who you are.
At the core, maybe what we are all longing for is to be Free Indeed.
More information about MOPS International is found at mops.org.
Meeting Details and Dates:
MOPS meets in “the Manor” of Alderwood Community Church on the 1st and 3rd (and some 5th) Tuesday mornings, from 9:15-11:30am.
The 2017-2018 meeting dates are Sept 19; Oct 3, 17 & 31; Nov 7 & 21; Dec 5; Jan 9, 16 & 30; Feb 6; Mar 6 & 20; Apr 17; May 1, 15 & 29.
Registration is now open and fills up quickly, with a waiting list. We encourage early registration to secure your spot. Click HERE to register now. Payment is required at time of registration.
A $30 initial registration fee holds your spot and goes towards the MOPS International registration fee. Additionally, you pay the Alderwood Community Church MOPS fee (varies based on number of children enrolled: 0 children = $70, 1 child = $110, 2 children = $115, and 3 or more children = $120).
The MOPS International registration fee secures your membership with MOPS and includes a book, annual subscription to “Hello, Darling” magazine, and other MOPS materials. The MOPS International registration fee is non-refundable and paid upon registration.
The ACC MOPS fee covers the costs of childcare workers, supplies, crafts, hospitality, etc. The ACC MOPS fee can be paid when registering or by 9/1/17, and is non-refundable after 10/15/17. If in financial need, please contact the MOPS Coordinators to discuss payment plans or waivers.
For more information about MOPS at Alderwood, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to contact the MOPS Coordinator: Katie Carter at 619.788.8383.
Additional ways to connect (Playdates in the Park, Bible/book studies):
Join us at Playdates in the Park, sponsored by MOPS! During the summer months, moms meet at local parks to give kids a chance to play and moms a chance to connect. Each Tuesday we will be at designated play areas from 10am to 12pm. Come and go as you please...all siblings, friends, and family members are welcome! Click on Playdates in the Park to see full 2017 schedule.
Alderwood Community Church also offers Bible and book studies for all women, including MOPS moms. You don’t have to be a member of the church to attend, and your faith journey can range from non-existent to just started to well-versed... women from all walks of life are welcome! You’re encouraged to check out all of the opportunities, and take note of the 2nd & 4th Tuesday mornings (non-MOPS meeting days) where Bible study is available and includes childcare, as well as Wednesday evenings. More information available HERE.
Want to volunteer?
A large part of the success of MOPS is due to the dedicated and caring people who work in MOPPETS, the childcare program. While MOPS moms are meeting, the MOPPET workers play with the kids, ensuring their comfort and safety. Small babies are cuddled while preschool-aged children participate in play-based learning. Stories are told, hands are held, and children learn wonderful socialization skills. If you would like to serve in MOPPETS or know of someone else who would, please contact our MOPPETS Coordinator at email@example.com. Background checks are required. MOPPETS is a volunteer-rich program, with paid positions also available.