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Finding Community in MOPS by Julia Mees

I think almost everyone’s looking for a way to be a part of something bigger than themselves. A way to find greater meaning, common ground, and community. One place where I always feel a part of something bigger than myself is at MOPS. Together, this community of moms forms something much stronger than each of us alone. 

I remember what it was like to have a new baby and to be learning the ropes as a stay at home mom in a new town.  I just didn’t feel like mothering should be done in isolation…I needed friends, and my daughter needed friends too. We needed a group of people going through a similar phase of life. When I was invited to MOPS and realized that there were so many other moms out there who I could learn from and go through motherhood with, I was SO excited. And so I had the courage to go back, month after month, to that room where I knew very few people, but would slowly create lifelong friendships.  I always think back on that feeling of excitement and am quick to talk about MOPS and invite anyone who I think might love this community. I truly want everyone in our area to feel welcome in our MOPS group and feel like they belong here. MOPS is not an exclusive group…there’s no invitation needed. You don’t have to be a member of Second Baptist. You don’t even need to be religious. MOPS International is a vehicle for moms to find support in faith and friendship, and to grow in faith and friendship as well…from whatever your starting point is. I hope that if you’re reading this and you could use a little more friendship, laughter, fun, and support in your mothering experience, you’ll email me and become a part of our group. MOPS is about strengthening women so that we can be the best moms we can be, and so that no mom is ever alone. Drop me an email! 

Submitted by Julia Mees, MOPS Steering Team

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