Have some questions about MOPS?
Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about MOPS that you may find useful if you decide to join us (we hope you will!).
I’m a stay-at-home mom/working mom/single mom/new to the area/ home schooling mom… am I welcome?
YES! MOPS International exists to meet the needs of every mom – urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms – moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!
Do I have to attend Beverly Covenant Church – or any church – to be able to come?
You do not need to be a churchgoer or from a specific denomination to join MOPS. We want all moms to “come as you are.” Christian prayers and themes will come up, but please know that all moms are welcome.
May I come when I’m pregnant, or do I have to wait until my baby is born?
MOPS is for moms who are pregnant right up through moms who have school age children.
May I come once just to try it? May I bring a friend?
Yes! Bring a friend!
When does MOPS meet?
Our MOPS group meets every Tuesday from 9:15am- 11:15am
May I bring my kids?
Yes! MOPPETS is our program for the kids on Tuesday mornings. Children are assigned to a classroom based on their age. They have time to play, do a craft, hear a story and have a snack. We ask for a $5 donation per family per meeting as you are able (don’t let that stop you from coming to MOPS).
I heard that it costs money to come to each meeting. What does the money go toward?
Because we are chartered through MOPS International, each member is required to pay MOPS’ registration fee of $32.00. This fee gets you a monthly magazine & encouraging e-mail, and other great benefits that change from year to year. Part of our charter agreement states that we will register all moms with MOPS International. Our local MOPS group gets none of this fee.
Our local MOPS chapter dues are $18.00 this year. This money covers things that we use to run our chapter and put on each meeting, such as: the purchase of coffee, tea, and other basic refreshments; buying supplies for the creative activities; buying supplies for Spa Day; paying for the kick-off invitation mailing; expenses to cover our MOPS Special Events; and much more.
If any of these fees present a financial hardship to you, please talk with the Coordinator to discuss a MOPS Scholarship. Don’t let the fees stand in your way of coming to MOPS!
What are the meetings like?
When you arrive for a MOPS meeting, you check yourself in at the registration desk and check your kids into MOPPETS, if need be. After that you head to the Main Meeting Room (1st Floor), which is where we have our meetings. Once you find a seat, you can help yourself to some hot coffee or tea, some breakfast or light appetizers, do a creative activity and socialize.
Once everyone has arrived, the Meeting Coordinator will begin the meeting. She may share some MOPS-related announcements, tell a funny story from her week, or show a brief video related to that day’s topic. . Next, the topic is introduced and shares his/her talk for the next 20-40 minutes and we sometimes break into small groups to discuss the topic further. At the end of our meeting, one of our Mentor Moms will share an encouraging story or reading or prayer.
What’s my responsibility as a MOPS mom?
Each MOPS mom will be asked to provide a snacks for moms and kids at least once a year. We do understand that unexpected events come up that complicate life, so if this presents a hardship to you at the time you are asked to help, please let a leader on the Steering Committee know.
Beyond this, it’s up to you if and how much you want to volunteer. There are tons of opportunities to serve as part of a team, which many moms find is a great way to get to get to know other moms and deepen friendships. To find out more about our teams, talk with your Coordinator.
How can I get more information throughout the year?
For up-to-date information on current events happening in MOPS, you can visit this website or join our Facebook page. You will also hear announcements at the beginning of each meeting from the Meeting Coordinator or other MOPS moms. In addition, you can always talk with a Steering Committee member or Mentor Mom to find out more about MOPS, or even if you just need some encouragement or someone to talk to.