MOPS recruitment begins for year

Published 1:54 am Tuesday, August 1, 2017

If you are a mother of a child pre-school age or are pregnant, who longs for life beyond Team Umizoomi, the Backyardigans, Miffy’s Adventures, broken crayons and bibs covered in drool, the local Mothers of Preschoolers program is for you.

The local MOPS group has chosen “Free Indeed” as this year’s theme.

Courtney Bloxham, this year’s coordinator, said she wants the group to help empower other moms.

“That they may have a support system,” she said. “We want to help each other spiritually, emotionally and build on each others’ strengths. We want to laugh a lot and be a good support system for each other.”

They want to be a good tribe, she said.

They are also looking to partner with churches to take a month to provide childcare for the youngsters they have in tow.

It would be a commitment of only two Fridays – the second and fourth — in the month the church volunteers for from around 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. In May, November and December, the group only meets one Friday.

The program also needs mentor moms.

“Mentor moms are mothers who have children over the age of MOPS,” Bloxham said. “Mentor moms have a huge utilization. They can cook for us and host craft stuff and be inspirational. That way, moms aren’t just out once their children finish in the MOPS program and mothers who have gone through rearing children of younger ages can provide some support.”

This year, the Moppets will go to the library and participate in a program.

“It includes music, coloring and more,” she said.

The cost for the MOPS program is $45 for the year or $5 per meeting.

There are scholarships available.

The first meeting is Sept. 8 and there will be an open house on Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. THe group meets at First Presbyterian Church on South Three Notch in Andalusia.