Who Are MOPS?

Whether you are in the midst of your first pregnancy and are unsure what to expect, or your youngest just started kindergarten, MOPS has something in store for you. MOPS is for all mothers of children ages birth to five years old. MOPS is a place where moms have the opportunity to make new friends, share experiences, learn from each other, laugh together, and learn biblical principles pertaining to womanhood, marriage, and parenting. MOPS provides opportunities for social outings and community missions geared specifically for preschool-aged children and their families. We strive for your MOPS experience to be:

  • Connector.

    Relevant

    so every mom will know MOPS is for her.

  • Connector.

    Relationally Inclusive

    so every mom feels welcome and accepted in the community.

  • Connector.

    Growth-Oriented

    challenging each mom to grow as a woman, mother, and leader.

  • Connector.

    Purposeful

    teaching how each mom is part of God’s bigger purpose, picture and plan.

  • Connector.

    Passionately Christian

    drawing every mom (and her family) one step closer to Jesus.

Who Are MOPS KIDS?

MOPS KIDS are our children. While moms are enjoying a morning of refreshing, children are being cared for in a loving environment called MOPS KIDS. They are divided into age-appropriate groups and are involved in planned activities such as games, stories, crafts, music, and physical play. All of our MOPS KIDS workers have been carefully screened by both LNBC MOPS Leaders and LNBC Staff.

Lake Norman Baptist Church is excited to be hosting a MOPS group for mothers in the community. We provide a welcoming environment for mothers to meet, connect with and encourage one another through this journey of motherhood through the preschool years. Our mentors are on hand at most meetings to provide additional encouragement, advice and prayer for anyone who seeks the wisdom of someone who has already navigated through their journey as a MOP. In our open, accepting community of MOPS, we will learn from great mentors and each other, be equipped with excellent tools for implementing what we learn at home and continue to shape our own personal mothering style. We have exciting speakers, creative solutions and activities planned for this year, so check us out! Invite a friend!

MOPS Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday on the month starting in September continuing through May. MOPS begins with brunch at 9:30AM in the LNBC Fellowship Hall.

Each meeting begins by dropping of your precious little ones at MOPS KIDS childcare. The following two hours you will enjoy uninterrupted time for brunch, conversation and learning new ways to grow as a mom. Our meetings are designed to equip moms with practical ways to make mothering more effective and our goal is to always point moms back to Christ. MOPS offers the support and encouragement that moms today need to help them center their hearts and homes around Christ.

Never let the fire go out … When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Share with God’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes. – Romans 12:11-13 (NIrV 1998)

Fire is a tool utilized only by human beings. Since the beginning of time, humans have congregated around its warmth for light, protection and company. Every other creature on the planet fears fire, but we’ve been given the unique ability to harness it, to use its power to improve our lives. Not only that, but poets and artists have used fire to describe the God-given spark that wakes us up in the morning and fuels our purpose and passion. Whatever the context, fire is not to be ignored.

Sisters, this is a year we will tend the fire in our hearts.

We will stop inhaling the fumes of our mistakes that tell us we are not enough, not a good enough mom, not pretty enough, not brave enough, not smart enough, not wealthy enough. Instead, we will choose to tend our God-given fire. We will love our children with an all-consuming love and use our words to warm the world. We will hold the torch up high and shed light on what matters most.

When our homes feel cold, we’ll light a fire.

When a friend has lost her spark, we’ll fan her flame.

When the world seems dark, we will be an ember of hope.

In order to do this we will:

LIVE EXPECTANTLY: This is the bold reminder to think about what could go right. We will renew our minds and choose to trust that God is good. Hope will be on the tip of our tongues. Passion will flow from our hearts and we will pray big prayers. It takes tending to keep the fire alive, so we will fan our flame by choosing to do more things that make us forget to check our phones. We will choose to play with our kids instead of crossing one more thing off our to-do list. We will be women whose passion and patience inspire the people we love most.

SURRENDER DARINGLY: This is the bold reminder to let things go. Fire is a tool of transformation, and often the most life-improving thing we can do is surrender. Surrender is often misunderstood as an act of weakness, when in truth it is an act of courage. What would it feel like to let yourself off the hook from living like it is all up to you? Let go of unhelpful expectations and the need to control the people and situations in your life. When we surrender, we become in tune with the swift but gentle timing of God. This year, we will take a daring step into the fire of transformation, so we can emerge truer and braver than we ever imagined we could be. We will be women who trust that God is fighting for us, so we need only to be still.

BREATHE FREELY: This is the bold reminder to let yourself be loved. Even though we aren’t enough in our own mind, we are enough in the mind of God. There is nothing that you can do, or have done, to ruin or fracture God’s love for you. There is no amount of striving or performing that will earn you more. Breathe freely and joyfully, and be refreshed. We will be women and moms who stand out because we live loved.

 



What’s the Cost?

  • For anyone who is new to MOPS, we invite you to attend your 1st meeting free!
  • If you decide to join MOPS, there is a $31.95 Annual Registration Fee for MOPS International, our parent organization. The registration fee is paid one-time annually via the MOPS International Website. In exchange, you will receive a monthly magazine, weekly email, online resources, and a free gift directly from MOPS International.
  • Semester dues are $50.00 for Fall Semester Chapter Dues and $50.00 for Spring Semester Chapter Dues. Chapter Dues* are paid at the 1st meeting of each semester and when paid up-front, GUARANTEE your child’s spot in MOPS KIDS for the ENTIRE semester. (Chapter Dues are used to provide all the resources of the ministry that are available during each of the local chapter meetings, including but not limited to: MOPS KIDS Childcare, creative activities, and other meeting supplies, guest speakers/ mentors, MOPS Scholarship Fund, local community missions projects, etc.)
    *All fees are subject to change as required to support the ministry.

To Register for MOPS 2018-2019, click here!

How Do I Join?

Questions?

Email our MOPS Coordinator, Katie Hocker, with questions about the LNBC MOPS Ministry.

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