Here at MOPS, we gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together, face to face. That’s why we rally women to come together in their own neighborhoods and help each other through this thing called motherhood, one gathering at a time.
Our acronym stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” because we began in 1973 when a group of moms of young children banded together to share their lives and parenting journeys. Over the past forty-five years, MOPS has expanded our reach to include moms with older kids, partnering with churches and organizations worldwide to equip and encourage moms in more than 60 countries.
Who can be in MOPS? MOPS is open to any mother of children, birth through kindergarten.
What is MOMSnext? When we're past the diaper years and sleeping through the night . . .
When we're meeting more emotional needs than physical ones . . .
When we're caught between our children needing us and not . . .
It's time for MOMSnext. MOMSnextmeets in conjunction with MOPS.
Who can be in MOMSnext?
MOMSnext is open to every mother of school-age children (1st through 12th grades). (We refer to both groups as MOPS.)
Basically, every mother has a place and is welcome in MOPS.
When and where does MOPS/MOMSnext meet? Meetings are generally held on the second Friday of the month (August through May) from 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM. See our calendar tab for variations in dates. All meetings are held at New Providence Baptist Church of Smarr in Forsyth, Georgia in their worship center.
What do you do at MOPS/MOMSnext meetings? Monthly meetings include food, coffee (oh yes!), fellowship, various speakers or videos, discussion group time, and an occasional craft.MOMSnext will occasionally break out from the MOPS group for their own speakers for topics more closely related to issues of moms with school age children.
What do I do with my children during the monthly meetings? Our childcare program, called MOPS Kids, is provided for meetings for children age 12 weeks to 5 years. There is also a homeschoolers room available for school-aged children (ages 6 and up). Space in MOPS Kids is by reservation only. Space is limited. To reserve a spot in MOPS Kids, e-mail your reservation to the MOPS Kids ReservationsCoordinator. State your name, each child's name and age, and your phone number.
If you receive a confirmation e-mail, then you have a reservation for that meeting. Please make MOPS Kids reservations as soon as possible since space is limited and is often full the week of the meeting. All reservations must be made by 12 NOON the Friday before our meeting. If you have additional questions about MOPS Kids reservations, you may contact the MOPS Kids Reservations Coordinator.
If you have made a reservation for your child and you know that you will notbe able to attend, please e-mail theMOPS Kids Reservations Coordinatoror call her as soon as possible. This way, others may be able to attend in your place. If you need to cancel the morning of the event, please call the MOPS Kids Reservation Coordinator on her cell phone. Refer to MOPS Kids for guidelines and policies.
What does it cost to join MOPS or MOMSnext and attend meetings? The total cost to join MOPS or MOMSnext of Macon/Forsyth this year is $39.95. This includes the annual membership fee that is paid to MOPS International. If you would like information about membership or to ask about scholarships, please contact ourFinancialCoordinator.
How do I register for MOPS or MOMSnext? You can register online by following these steps:
You can also register and pay at any of our meetings!
How do I register my child(ren) for MOPS Kids? Complete a MOPS Kids registration form for each child and bring it with you to a meeting, or attend a meeting and complete a form located at the sign-in table. (One form is required for each child attending MOPS Kids.)
How do I receive a monthly MOPS newsletter and list of announcements, special events? The monthly newsletter is distributed at each meeting. Also, there is a private Facebook group page (closed group) for members only. Newsletters will also be posted on our Facebook group page after each meeting. Contact thePublicity Coordinatorfor more information.
Is there anything else going on besides Friday morning meetings? Throughout the year (including the summer), MOPS of Macon/Forsyth organizes activities and special events, such as playdates, Mom's Night Out, Pizza Club, Craft Night, and more. Please see the monthly newsletters and our public Facebook page (MOPS of Macon/Forsyth - Public Page) for pop up events and updates.
Note: Both groups are referred to as MOPS, just to make it easy.