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Motherhood and MOPS

By Staff | Feb 11, 2009

To the perpetually busy mother of a small child, spending time with mops might sound like yet another unappealing household chore. However, the focus of the recently formed Muncy MOPS group has nothing to do with removing dirt from floors. These MOPS are Mothers of Preschoolers, and their goal is to encourage one another to be better moms-and share some fun time, too.

MOPS International has over 4,000 groups meeting in 30 countries. According to their website, “For over 35 years, MOPS has been creating authentic communities where moms gather together. Through the MOPS group experience, mothers are prepared to recognize, invest and make the most of their influence in their family, community and world.”

The Muncy division of MOPS, which was established through a steering committee headed by Nicole McKee, held its first meeting in January at Muncy First United Methodist Church, 602 South Market Street. According to Publicity Coordinator Lori Lewis, the group is small but anticipates growth in the coming months.

Lewis says that the program “equips moms for the responsibilities of family and community,” and that a meeting typically includes “a scripture-based time of sharing,” a craft project, and some time for socializing and snacking.

As the mothers meet, their children have the opportunity to attend MOPPETS classes which provide a separate, age-appropriate learning experience. The MOPPETS program is “designed to be a safe, loving and creative place where children can have fun while mothers receive a needed break.”

A portion of the MOPS program includes a craft activity period, which allows attending mothers to create a small planned project. In photo above, Dolly Oden (l) watches Colleen Turner and Amy Myers make pound cake petit fours, which the group then had the opportunity to eat. (Knier)

Meetings are held every first and third Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the church lounge, and all mothers of children under the age of five years are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, call the church office at 546-8030.