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Join MOPS for the 2018-19 year.
Ridgewood MOPS is a place for mothers of young children (birth through kindergarten) to connect, learn, grow, and serve. We strive to provide godly encouragement to moms of all ages and backgrounds. We'd love to have you join us!
Sept 14 & 28
Oct 12 & 26
Nov 9 & 30
Jan 11 & 25
Feb 8 & 22
Mar 8 & 22
Apr 12 & 26
May 10 & 24
What is MOPS?
MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers. We also believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s why we connect moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry, and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped, and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers, we mean kids from birth through kindergarten. We know it's a little confusing, so let's just stick with "MOPS." We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world.
What happens at a MOPS meeting?
We meet two Thursdays per month (September through May) from 9:15 to 11:15 AM. A typical meeting includes a hot brunch and coffee (you get to sit down and eat!), a great speaker, and some time to talk with the moms at your table. We have a variety of speakers and topics throughout the year -- parenting tips to party planning, and everything in between! We also enjoy special events, service projects, and nights out.
Where are the kids during MOPS meetings?
We have an amazing group of volunteers who care for our kids in the MOPS Kids program! Kids enjoy free play time, a lesson, gym time, music, and a snack.
Each mom attending MOPS is asked to volunteer at MOPS Kids 1-2 times per year.
Why is MOPS important?
MOPS is a great place to connect with other moms who are in the middle of the busy season of life that comes when parenting small children. We get it. Motherhood is beautiful, messy, hard, and it's a lot better when you have a few good mom friends to share the journey with you.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon
What do you long for? What is the thing that your heart craves?
Is it possible that your deepest desire is to be free?
Free from worry.
Free from feeling stuck.
Free from hustling to be loved.
Free from a heaviness you can’t put your finger on.
Free from thinking you should be someone other than exactly who you are.
At the core, maybe what we are all longing for is to be Free Indeed.
Choosing freedom is a deeply spiritual act, one that our souls long for. That is why this year, we choose wild, unexpected freedom; the kind that brings more laughter and less worry, more contentment and less hustle. A freedom that is so contagious, the people around us are compelled toward their own liberation.
In order to unfold our wings this year, we will …
Let Love Be The Loudest Voice
Sometimes, especially as moms with young kids, life can sneak up on us, and we don’t realize that we have gotten stuck. Stuck in patterns of thinking or habits that are holding us captive. This is the year that changes, this is the year we will stop settling for what simply gets us by and do the work to get to what’s best. We will examine our worry and not believe everything we feel. We will we bask in the freedom of living loved by understanding who God is, and who we are because of it. We will be free from the need to hustle for our worth, and we will live in the truth that we are already loved and loveable, without all the striving. We will parent with a fresh perspective and will treat ourselves with tenderness, because love is the loudest voice we hear, and it is proclaiming freedom and favor.
Sometimes we don’t take responsibility for our lives. We carry the weight of expectations, feeling out of control over the pace and trajectory of our days. Being gutsy is about realizing that you get to decide how busy you are, what you say yes to, what is best for your family and what you make a priority in your mothering. If you need to slow down your life – you can do that. If you feel like you don’t have any friends – go out and make some. This is the year of release from believing life has to look a certain way and isn’t there so much freedom and audacity in that? The truth is, we have more authority to shape our daily lives than we think we do. Your life can match your values and your passions, it will just take some guts to make it happen.
It is a fact that freedom is contagious. That is why we are choosing to go first in order to spark a revolution of women who are choosing freedom over fear. Going first is about being courageous enough to take steps before you are ready, to share the details of your journey, to extend invitations and conquer fears, and lead the way for friends and kids and family. In fact, one of the best ways to advocate for others’ freedom is to go first ourselves, and then we can share with courage and honesty because we have found the keys to freedom. We will go first so that we can set other captives free.
Have a question or a comment about Ridgewood MOPS, send us a message and we'd be happy to get back to you.