We had a great first meeting of the MOPS year, and were thrilled to see several new faces! After enjoying a big breakfast spread provided by our steering team, we did introductions and met everyone at our tables. Jeri, one of our wonderful Co-Coordinators, introduced us to the Fierce Flourishing theme for this year and how it will manifest in our meetings. Each month we will have a speaker or craft/activity based on that month’s topic. For September it will be A Fierce Flourishing, In October we will Celebrate Lavishly, November will be Noticing Goodness, and December we will be Embracing Rest. Jeri also made a very helpful OFLC MOPS handbook, so if you missed the first meeting be sure to pick up one of those and our meeting dates magnet.
We also met our Mentor Moms and learned they will be doing Mentor Mom Minutes at some of our upcoming meetings. We’re so blessed to have the wisdom and love these women offer.
Our getting to know you game was great! We made a big circle, and Sarah (Creative Activities coordinator) read questions that had us all move in or out of the circle if we matched. It was surprising how many women have visited several continents and how many speak a foreign language. It was no surprise that so many of us like chocolate. Great way to learn about each other.
Our final activity was making our nametags for the year (see below). Beautiful! We have some extras so if you missed the meeting today you can add your name to one of those.
The children had a fantastic first day at MOPPETS too. In case you’re new to MOPPETS, our children meet in the nursery upstairs during our 2 hour meeting. We’re fortunate to have such loving, kind leaders who use a Christian curriculum to keep the youngsters engaged and active. They sing songs, play games, listen to Bible stories and make crafts. If you have an infant and would prefer they stay with you, that’s fine too.
Here’s how our meetings generally run for those new to the group:
9:15am MOPPETS drop-off begins
9:30am Breakfast/Opening Prayer/Announcements
9:45am Devotional, typically led by a member of our Steering Team or a Mentor Mom
10:00am Icebreaker or game
10:15am Video/Speaker OR Creative Activity & Discussion
11:25am Closing Blessing
11:30am MOPPETS pick-up
We hope to see you at our next meeting on September 18th!!