Welcome to MOPS, MOMSnext and TeenMOPS of Golden Hills Community Church!
MOPS 2017-2018, “Free Indeed”
We invite you to join us for this season of MOPS, which begins on September 7, 2017, and runs until May 15, 2018! The theme comes from the book of Luke, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, he has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. " (Luke 4:18-19). Let us discover together how we can live free indeed, as we “go first,” “be gutsy”, and “let love be the loudest voice.”
Meeting Time and Place
MOPS & MOMSnext: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in room W129/130 of Golden Hills Community Church. Please arrive at 9:00 a.m. to check your children into Caring Hands (our childcare program), and head over to the meeting. The meeting officially starts at 9:15 a.m. and children must be picked up by 11:30 a.m. Meetings that fall on holidays will be rescheduled accordingly.
What is MOPS?
MOPS is a program for Mothers of Preschoolers, which includes pregnant moms and moms with children from birth through school age. Our mission is to encourage and equip moms, of young children, to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with Golden Hills Community Church.
MOPS is all about celebrating motherhood, meeting needs, making connections, and experiencing God's love through relationships and resources. Teaching topics include womanhood, marriage, parenting, self-care, and the home. These provide the spark for lively and intimate discussions in small group settings.
Are you wondering what happens at a meeting? Glad you asked!
Your kids get to enjoy learning from our awesome childcare providers, Caring Hands. Caring Hands runs a preschool style program that includes bible lessons, songs, developmental activities, and more.
Don’t worry, your kids won’t be the only ones having fun. MOPS moms enjoy coffee and uninterrupted breakfast, meeting new moms, learning about practical topics from speakers, and spending time doing fun creative activities! We also encourage participation in various service projects throughout the year.
What is MOMSnext?
MOMSnext is a group for mothers who have school age kids (kids in Kindergarten through high school). As their children enter the school years, new challenges and issues arise for mothers, but their need for community and hope remains. For this reason, we offer MOMSnext!
Our MOMSnext group is an open, accepting place for all mothers of school age kids to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope. MOMSnext mothers sit at their own table at the MOPS meetings.
Membership and Meeting Fees
To become a member of MOPS or MOMSnext, there is a one-time annual fee of $31.95 that goes directly to MOPS International to help cover administrative costs. There is also a meeting fee of $10 for each meeting that you attend, which goes to MOPS of Golden Hills Community Church. The meeting fee goes towards the costs of childcare (including our children's snacks and supplies), hospitality supplies (i.e. plates, utensils, cups, tablecloths, etc.), speakers, and MOPS meeting fees for our mothers in need of scholarship.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does MOPS stand for and who started it?
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers. Eight women established it in 1973 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Who can participate in MOPS/MOMSnext?
Any woman who is pregnant and/or has children from birth through school age. No matter your faith, beliefs, background, ethnicity, or culture. All that matters is that you are a mom.
Do I have to attend Golden Hills Community Church to participate in MOPS/MOMSnext?
Not at all! The MOPS/MOMSnext program is welcome to any and all women, who are pregnant and/or who have children from birth through school aged.
When does MOPS/MOMSnext meet?
MOPS/MOMSnext meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. Please arrive at 9:00 a.m. to check your children into Caring Hands (our childcare program), and head over to the meeting in room 129/130 of the Worship (“W”) Building at Golden Hills Community Church. The meeting officially starts at 9:15 a.m. and children must be picked up by 11:30 a.m. Meetings that fall on holidays will be rescheduled accordingly. The MOPS season begins in September and ends the following May. During the summer, MOPS/MOMSnext moms typically meet informally for playdates.
Can I invite my friends and neighbors to MOPS/MOMSnext?
Absolutely! We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors! Please have them contact the Coordinators listed below prior to the meeting, so that we can arrange for childcare.
What is the MOPS International membership fee for?
To become a member of MOPS/MOMSnext, there is a one-time annual fee of $31.95 that goes directly to MOPS International to help cover administrative costs. In turn, you will receive a membership kit full of goodies, an annual subscription to the MOPS Magazine, a MOPS International publication, delivered to your home, a weekly MOPS International email to fill you with inspiration, exclusive downloads, and MOPShop availability at www.store.mops.org! You can either become a member right away, or if you are unsure, by your third visit to the MOPS/MOMSnext meetings.
How much does it cost to attend a MOPS/MOMSnext meeting, and what are those funds used for?
MOPS is a non-profit organization. We ask for a fee of $10 for each meeting that you attend, which helps us cover the costs of childcare (including our children's snacks and supplies), hospitality supplies (i.e plates, utensils, cups, tablecloths, etc.), speakers, and MOPS memberships for our mothers in need of scholarship. You may also make donations to MOPS of Golden Hills Community Church (in person at the meeting, or online through the church’s donation portal) to help support our program (receipts are available for tax deductions).
Can I pre-pay for the MOPS/MOMSnext meetings?
YES! We offer the option of paying per meeting or paying by the semester. The MOPS season is divided into two semesters (September through December, and January through May). If you pay by the meeting, it will cost $10 per meeting. If you pay by the semester, it will cost $9 per meeting. You will need to check in at each MOPS meeting to let us know you are here, and to get any information that we will be handing out that day.
What are creative activities?
Once a month, our Creative Activities Team will guide us through that meeting’s creative activity. This year, we are planning to make fall décor, a wood Nativity set, homemade air freshener, and more! If it's your first visit with us, and you decide that you would like to participate, you can pay $3 for each creative activity. Otherwise, we kindly ask that members pre-register for each upcoming creative activity so that we can make sure we have enough supplies for everyone.
What if I don’t want to participate in the organized creative activity? Should I just not come to that meeting?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Please come anyway and bring your own project. Whether it is to work on that scrapbook that you haven’t had a chance to finish, baby books that need to be written in, gifts that need wrapping, or that you just want to enjoy some “mom time” and chit chat with other women in your discussion group, you should still attend!
Who are the speakers whom I can look forward to hearing?
Once a month, there is a speaker who will speak on practical topics (oftentimes from a biblical perspective) such as womanhood, marriage, parenting, self-care, and the home. This year, some of the exciting speakers that we have booked include: a panel of seasoned ‘Mentor Moms,’ Katie Johnson, Pastor Phil Ward, Melissa Hightower, Rhonda Stoppe, Colleen Pennington, and more! Come to our meetings to absorb their wisdom on parenting, marriage, boundaries, intimacy, and more.
If my child(ren) are sick, can I still come?
If your child(ren) have a fever and/or "yucky" runny or stuffy noses, and you are unable to leave them at home, please do not attend the meeting that day. We understand how hard it is to miss a MOPS meeting! However, we want to keep it a healthy place for all, and for that reason, Caring Hands will strictly enforce this policy.
What if my child won’t stay in his/her classroom?
We encourage you to take advantage of the childcare provided. Infants 3 months and younger who are quiet, sleeping or nursing may remain with moms during MOPS time. All other children need to be placed into our Caring Hands program. A fussy baby or talkative toddler tugs at every mother’s heart, but we want to respect the moms that want a break from their children and are provided with two hours of quality time. If your child is having a hard time staying, don’t give up! It may take more than one time before your child feels safe and comfortable at Caring Hands. You’ll be glad that you stuck it out! Our mentor moms are available to give you advice and a pat on the back if you need it.
How will Caring Hands keep track of my child(ren)?
When you register your child(ren) at the computer kiosk, you will be given a sticker tag with identification numbers on it. Please hold on to this ID tag, as you will need it to claim your child(ren). This serves as a source of protection for us moms to ensure that no one but the child’s parent or guardian may claim them. If you lose your ID tag, please see the MOPS Coordinators before you claim your child(ren). Remember that this is for their protection!
Will I ever be asked to bring food?
Breakfast is served at the beginning of every MOPS/MOMSnext meeting. Each meeting, different discussion groups are responsible for bringing food to share with our community of moms (either a hot dish, sweet treat, or fruit). If it is your group’s turn, we ask that you arrive by 9:00 AM to drop off your dish.
Please contact Debbie Legg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tiffany Ramirez at email@example.com, for any further details about MOPS/MOMSnext, or if you would like to attend a meeting. You may also subscribe to our Facebook & Instagram pages for up-to-date information on speakers and creative activities. We look forward to hearing from you!
Teen MOPS stands for Teen Mothers of Preschoolers. If you are under 21 years of age, and are pregnant or have a child under the age of six years old, you'll find a warm welcome at Teen MOPS of Golden Hills Community Church! Teen MOPS is a Christian, faith-based organization that offers practical and emotional support through fun activities, great speakers, and the support of mentor moms. Teen MOPS is a fantastic opportunity to meet with others in a similar stage of life and to build positive relationships for you and your child. Any teen mom is welcome, no matter what's going on in your life. Because everyone has value and everyone is precious.
Teen MOPS meets on Mondays, from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., in room 151-153 in the E building. The new season begins on Monday, September 11, 2017.
A Fun Environment for your Child
You can relax in your meeting knowing that your child is also having an amazing time! We are dedicated to creating a fun, relevant, and safe environment where our excited and enthusiastic MOPS Kids Team is ready to provide dynamic fun through stories and games, and crafts in creative and engaging ways!
Safely is a priority for us and all members of our MOPS Kids Team are screened and background checked to guarantee that your kids are in a safe environment and have the best possible time.
For childcare, contact Angie Minyard at (925) 755-2540.
What happens at Teen MOPS?
LOVE - Our meetings begin with dinner (what’s not to love about that!). It is also about developing new and lasting friendships.
LEARN - The meal is followed by a talk or activity. Some popular subjects are about how to:
- Prepare for job interviews (and college counseling)
- Set your personal goals
- Set boundaries for your child
- Parent your child
- Forgive when it’s tough
- Free yourself from worry and anger
...and many more topics that will help you and your child’s future.
LIVE - The talks are followed by small group discussions that will help equip you with a new confidence and courage to make choices. These choices will help you take steps to achieve your potential, for a positive future for you and your child.
LAUGH - You will have a great time!
For more information about Teen MOPS, please contact Melissa Vongtama at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 627-8316. You may also subscribe to our Facebook page for up-to-date information on meetings and events.