Organization brings moms together
Group of young mothers offers community, babysitting
Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 06:00 am
Moms of young children have a place to go to get out of the house and build a support network, thanks to an international organization with a local chapter.
Mothers of Preschoolers is casually known as MOPS. Membership co-ordinator Heather Kerbes said the group actually supports all mothers of children who haven’t yet made it to school age, not just those who are about to get into school.
“It’s actually a little deceiving. It’s intended for moms with babies through kindergarten-aged kids,” she said.
The mission of MOPS International is “to encourage, equip, and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother, and leader in the name of Jesus,” states the organization’s website at www.mops.org.
Kerbes stressed that, while the group is Christian faith-based, all moms are welcome regardless of their personal beliefs.
While the moms are in the meeting, the kids are looked after by day-care workers.
“The workers take care of the kids so that the moms can enjoy the morning out.”
Meetings are held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the first three Wednesday mornings of each month from September through May. Each session generally also has a guest speaker from the community talking about various topics like parenting issues, health and wellness, marriages and relationships, and faith.
The last Wednesday meeting is off site in small groups “just to hang out… sometimes it’s a dessert night. Sometimes it’s a play date at somebody’s house.”
The group continues to meet informally throughout the summer months as a way of staying connected until the formal sessions start up again in the autumn.
The St. Albert Alliance Morning MOPS group meets at the Alliance Church, located one kilometre west of Walmart on Villeneuve Road (Highway 633).
Registration opens on June 1 and there are a limited number of openings. For more info or to register, you can email Lorraine Gerling at firstname.lastname@example.org.