Are you a mom of little ones looking for a break? A time to get to know other moms? Some encouragement in your journey through motherhood? A hot brunch with no interruptions? You’ll find all that and more at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), a ministry that supports and encourages moms. Join us September through May on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Redeemer’s Underground (lower level) for good discussion, thought-provoking speakers, crafts and food. Free childcare is available through our MOPPETS program. Questions? Please contact Kate Brumbaugh, Redeemer MOPS Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can park along the street, in our back parking lot, or at the lot at 16th & Alabama. Enter from the back door off the parking lot, there will be a MOPS sign up on the fence near the door and head up the stairs to our Moppets classrooms, which will be labeled.
September 3 – Be You, Bravely Theme Introduction, Name tag craft
September 17 - Mentor Mom Q & A panel, 4 Corner Gathering Activity
October 1 - Shael Weidenbach: “Playing to learn and learning to play”
October 15 - Recipe craft: “A Taste of MOPS”
November 5 – Jeff & Autumn Nottingham – “Parenting with Grace when you need it most”
November 19 – Renata Jackson: “MOM in Chief – identifying your family values and creating a family mission statement”
December 3 – Christmas craft
December 17 – Christmas party & Holiday Bazaar
January 7 – Jill Frame: “A Simple, Clean, and Organized Home for the New Year”
January 21 - Indianapolis Librarians: “Literacy and Cultivating a Love for Books”
February 4 - Craft
February 18 – Jason Dorsey: “Understanding your Identity”
March 4 – Service craft
March 18 – Jeremy & Christa Grimmer: “Personality types within the family (Myers Brigg)”
April 1 – Exercising with your kids
April 15 – Dr. Sarah Honnaker: “Children and Sleep”
May 6 - Craft
May 20 – End-of-year party & Picnic at park
Free childcare is provided during MOPS through our MOPPETS program.
Crawlers – Newborn up to walking – Room #3
Walkers – Walking up to 2.5 years old – Room #1
Runners – 2.5 through 3 years old – Room #4
Jumpers – 4-5 years old – Room #2
Crawlers are cared for in a loving, nurturing environment where they are invited to play, sing, snuggle, read books, or sleep according to what each child needs or wants throughout the morning. A mid-morning snack of cheerios is offered to those who are old enough to enjoy them. morning.
Older MOPPETS who are walking-age and above have a loosely structured curriculum to guide their activities each The curriculum includes Circle Time with kid-friendly songs and rhymes, Story Time, and an age-appropriate craft based on the story read that week. There is also, of course, plenty of opportunity for free play, and an always-important part of preschool child care – a snack. (Please let your child’s teacher know if your child has any type of food allergy.)
We have developed this year’s curriculum around some of the great stories from the Old Testament of the Bible. These stories depict some of the ways in which the God of the Bible has interacted with and been present with men, women, and children in history. The particular stories we are using have been drawn from Read-Aloud Bible Stories, vol 3 and 4, by Ella Lindvall. (You can check out volume 1 of this series from the Indianapolis Public Library, and each of the volumes is available on Amazon if you’d like to purchase for your own use at home.)
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding your child(ren)’s experience in our MOPPETS program, please share them with our MOPPETS coordinator, Renae Dorsey, or with our MOPPETS curriculum coordinator, Amy Heneisen.