What is MOPS?
MOPS is a place to find friendship, community, resources, and support for you as a woman and mother. Founded almost 40 years ago, MOPS holds and shares the collected wisdom of mothers and experts (usually one and the same!) MOPS is built on several foundational principles:
* Community: MOPS provides an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where women can come together to share this important season of life.
* Mentoring: Mature women listen, encourage, and offer information and perspectives gained through experience.
* Practical Instruction: Teaching focuses on areas of common interest, offering inspiration and information that is relevant to the life of a mother.
* Leadership Development: MOPS groups are organized and run by mothers of preschoolers, as well as for mothers of preschoolers. Women who are involved in MOPS gain confidence in their leadership skills through the training and experience they receive from MOPS.
What does MOPS stand for?
Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers
What does a typical meeting look like? We start by getting the kids checked into their age-appropriate classroom, then the moms get checked in at our front table, you will then find your table (assigned to you randomly at the check-in but stays the same the entire year), grab yourself a yummy cup of hot coffee, then we start each meeting with warm brunch, next a short devotional. After that, we can do anything from a craft, watch a video and discussion questions with your small group table, service project, fun interactive activity, or listen to a speaker.
Why does it cost to be involved in MOPS? We love to offer you 2 hours twice a month of childcare for your kids, while you enjoy some mom time. We offer high-quality childcare to take care of your sweet little ones. Childcare takes up 70% of our budget!
What age group is considered a preschooler?
Birth to Kindergarten
What can I expect from a MOPS meeting?
-Moms, just like you, looking for a connection to other moms
-Great speakers on relevant topics to encourage you
-A warm, caring environment where you can be yourself
-An opportunity to explore your creative side on Creative Activity days
-A warm meal served just for you
-Trusted childcare while you are getting recharged
Who can come to MOPS?
Any woman who is pregnant or has a child who is in Kindergarten or younger. Moms who qualify for MOPS Next are also welcome. (any mom with a child of any age)
I am pregnant, can I join MOPS now?
Yes! MOPS is for all mothers (and mothers-to-be) of children ages birth to kindergarten. Indicate your due date on the registration form so we can reserve a place for your child in MOPS kids!
I homeschool my children, can I bring them, too?
Yes! We have a childcare room for Homeschooling families. We ask they bring some work from home to do, but will also have activities.
When & Where does the Westminster MOPS group meet?
The 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1012 Sioux San Dr.
Rapid City, SD 57702-8116
How do I register for Westminster MOPS?
It's simple! Please fill out our online registration form found under the registration tab.
How can I get more involved with MOPS?
Get to know other moms by attending your small group get togethers outside of MOPS and the Mom's Night Out events that we have scheduled each month!
You could also get more involved by volunteering! MOPS mornings are designed to meet the needs of all moms and it takes many of us to make that happen! Send us and email at WestminsterMOPS@gmail.com and we will find an opportunity for you to serve!
What if I am not a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church?
Westminster MOPS is for ALL moms with preschool age kids (birth - Kindergarten), regardless of religious affiliation. While our group meets and partners with Westminster Presbyterian Church, Westminster MOPS is a non-denominational, Christian organization -- ANY MOP (Mother Of Preschooler) is welcome!
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