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What is MOPS?
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS International exists to meet the needs of every mom—urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms—moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be! MOPS recognizes that the years from infancy through kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs. For over 35 years, MOPS has been creating authentic communities where moms gather together to experience encouragement, hope, support and spiritual growth—all to help them impact their families, communities and world.
MOPS helps moms through relationships established in the context of local groups that provide a caring atmosphere for today's mother of young children. More than 4,050 MOPS groups gather in churches throughout the United States and in 30 other countries to meet the needs of women each year. Sugar Land Methodist MOPS is one such group.
What happens at Sugar Land Methodist MOPS?
At each MOPS meeting, the morning starts with a delicious, warm breakfast followed by a period of fellowship among the mothers. Afterwards there is a prayer, devotion or testimonial, and a guest speaker or craft. At the end of each meeting, the mothers break into small groups for a chance to have more personal discussions.
While you are enjoying a morning with other adults, your children ages infant (6 months+) through Kindergarten are cared for in our MOPPETS program. MOPPETS are divided into age appropriate groups where they participate in a planned curriculum under the guidance of wonderful, loving teachers. The MOPPETS program allows your children to interact socially with other children while participating in games, stories, crafts, music, and physical play. Infants younger than 6 months can stay with you at the meeting.
When and where does Sugar Land Methodist MOPS meet?
MOPS meets two Fridays a month from 9:15-11:45 am at the Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Mothers meet in Wesley Hall on the northwest side of campus. MOPPETS are cared for in the church nursery located on the south side of the church. Please contact mops [at] sugarlandmethodist [dot] org to get a copy of the current calendar to see our meeting dates. Click here to download a map of the church campus.
Is Sugar Land Methodist MOPS right for me?
If you are pregnant or are the mother of a child aged newborn through Kindergarten, enjoy making new friends and participating in adult conversations, want to share the joys and challenges of motherhood with others, like to occasionally get out of the house and eat a delicious breakfast, and you would love to do all of these things while your children are under the care of responsible adults, then Sugar Land Methodist MOPS is right for you!
Here is what some current and past members had to say about MOPS:
"MOPS is my community FAMILY!!! Coming from a family (and career) with all brothers then I found myself without SUPPORT for my new career as a mommy! I knew all the best places to dine as a couple but I was at a loss for where to find RESOURCES and destinations needed for my babies/toddlers/preschoolers. MOPS provided me a group of SISTERS in motherhood with LOVE and COMPASSION!!! They HELPED see me through times of serious depression and tremendous joy with meals and play dates. I even got to go to the ladies room in a public place without managing my wee ones for just a moment! We traded IDEAS for handling challenges and creating EVERYDAY life for my growing family at home! We had excursions for pictures in bluebonnets, strawberry picking, pumpkin patches and zoo trips. We learned where all the best parks are hiding. MOST of all we SIMPLY had a REGULAR destination at MOPS to see these amazing new FRIENDS that have developed into the BEST safety net God works through time and again." - Janet
“MOPS has been a great way of meeting women who are dealing with the same challenges that I am as a mother and wife. We share similar experiences and it has placed me with women that I can relate to with what I am going through. I have made many lifelong friends throughout the group. My children have made friends as well. My son loves MOPPETS more than his preschool. He looks forward to our meetings and asks on Fridays if it’s MOPS day. It has been a wonderful experience and I recommend any mother with young children in search of finding a group of women to have fun with to join Sugar Land Methodist MOPS!” – Theresa
“MOPS has become my family’s favorite two days of the month. MOPS gives me the chance to have two days a month where I am ‘Ricci’ and not ‘Mommy.’ It has helped me salvage my personal identity beyond just being a stay-at-home mother to three preschoolers. The MOPPETS program has helped my children overcome separation anxiety and build socialization skills. The MOPPETS teachers are so caring and patient!” – Ricci
“I had just moved to Sugar Land and didn't know anybody. The ladies at MOPS welcomed me and even helped entertain myself and my kids when my husband promptly went out of town for a month. I cherish the friendships I've made and they have helped drag me through tough spots.” – Lori
- “I just like talking to other adults without being interrupted by my child.” – Alice
Our MOPS calendar follows the academic calendar, running from September through May each year. To register, download the MOPS registration packet and complete the necessary forms, including an Emergency Medical Release form for each child being enrolled in the MOPPETS program. Mail the completed forms and your registration fee to Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, Attn: MOPS Registration, 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, Texas 77478.
Annual Sugar Land Methodist MOPS dues are $120, which includes national and local membership dues, plus $10 per child in the MOPPETS program. One-half of the dues are requested upon registration. The other half of the annual dues are due by January 15. The registration form in the MOPS registration packet will automatically calculate your annual dues and registration fees after you enter the number of children that you will have in the MOPPETS program. The registration fee is non-refundable unless we are unable to place you due to space limitations on child care. Alternative payment plans are available for those members in need. Confidential scholarships are also available. Please contact mops [at] sugarlandmethodist [dot] org if you require financial assistance. MOPS has a mission of "No Mom Alone" and we take this seriously. We will not refuse a mom in need of our support because of financial reasons.
If you missed our Fall Priority Registration, no worries! Registration for MOPS is open year-round, provided that we have available childcare space for your child(ren). If you are interested in joining MOPS mid-year, please contact mops [at] sugarlandmethodist [dot] org to find out if space is available for your MOPPET(S). If you do not need childcare, you are welcome to join immediately! MOPS dues will be prorated accordingly for members joining mid-year.
If you have any additional questions, you may email mops [at] sugarlandmethodist [dot] org or call 281.491.6041. If you reach a recording, please indicate that you are calling regarding MOPS. Leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Sugar Land Methodist MOPS Can Use Your Help!
MOPS is need of more caring teachers. This is a paid position. The more teachers we have, the more children and moms we can take! If you know anyone that might be interested, please call Becky Orin 281.634.8955 or email at becky [dot] orin [at] sugarlandmethodist [dot] org.