Children - Parents

What Is MOPS?

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is an international, Christian organization focused on women and mothers. 
 
Here at MOPS, we gather moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. That’s why we rally women, in their own neighborhoods, to help them become more brave, kind and honest, one gathering at a time.
 
So, whether you are a soon-to-be mom, first-time mom or seventh-time mom, you are welcome here. Whether you are an adoptive mom, young mom, seasoned mom, foster mom, stepmom or any other type of mom, you are welcome here.
 
A MOPS meeting includes practical teaching through speakers, demonstrations or videos, followed by small group discussion and creative activities. Plus, there’s usually food… food you didn’t make! But more important, you’ll get to have honest conversations with other moms who understand the joys and frustrations of motherhood. All while your children are being lovingly cared for by our church volunteers.
 
The program is designed to nurture mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. MOPS is a relevant and caring network for moms. We offer both morning and evening programs.
 
Additional information about MOPS can be found by visiting our public Facebook pagesending us an email, a flyer can be found in the Information Centers located in the Burnside Family Life Center and the Sanctuary or by calling the church office at 937-642-4712. 

If you've had a new baby or know of someone who just had a baby please let us know!  We would like to help them by providing meals for the new parents.  Please complete the simple form to help us know about the newborn baby, and where the family lives.  Click on"New Baby information form"  and complete the information.  It will be sent automatically to the church office!

PARENTS: 

Are you finding it hard to plan a night out, or…. a night in with your kids out?  If your answer is yes, then we have just the thing for you!  The Methodist youth group, Quake, holds a Parents’ Night Out about once a month during the school year. 

Here are the details:

Location: First United Methodist Church

Time:  6:00pm-10:00 pm  (You are welcome to pick your children up at any time during the night.  They do not have to stay until 10:00).

Cost:  $20 for one child; $5 for each additional child in the family.

Dates:  Oct 20, Dec 1, Jan 19, Feb 9, March 2, April 13, May 11

Where does the money go?:  All money raised is put into a Youth Missions fund to pay for trips or events that our youth participate in.

The children are divided into the following groups:

1) Infant - 3 year olds ~ These kids are in the nursery all night.  We have 1 adult with 1 or 2 youth, depending on how many kids we have signed up for the night. 

2) Preschool ~ These kids are in one of the preschool rooms upstairs from 6-8:00 playing with the kitchen toys, coloring, puzzles, maybe doing a craft, and having snack.  At 8:00, they come down to the gym and pretty much just run around and scream or play group games.   At 8:00, they join the school age group in the cafe for a snack and to watch a movie until parent pick up time at 10:00.  Depending on the size of the group, we will have 1 adult with 2-4 youth.

3) School Age ~ These kids are in the gym and cafe from 6-8:00.  We have games and crafts for them to do in the cafe, and they do their own thing in the gym, which is what I like to call controlled chaos :)  Most of the kids are running around for the whole 2 hours.  At 8:00, they go into the café for a snack and then at 8:30 we start the movie.  We have 1 or 2 adults with 4 or 5 youth, depending on how many families have signed up for the night.

If this sounds like something you would like to take advantage of, just complete the registration form by printing the attachment below and return it into the church office.  Please contact Kendra Ingle at 937-707-8022 or email her at kendra.ingle@hotmail.com with any questions.

In order to have the appropriate number of volunteers to watch the kids, and because space is limited, you MUST sign up 48 hours BEFORE the night of the event.