Moms of Preschoolers at Willow Creek
We are so excited to invite you to join our community of moms that are here to support, laugh, and learn together.
Registration for Fall 2018 is now open! We will be hosting MOPS on Fridays ONLY this fall and spring due to construction delays.
Our theme will be “Find Your Fire”:
Fire is a tool utilized only by human beings. Since the beginning of time, humans have congregated around its warmth for light, protection and company. Every other creature on the planet fears fire, but we’ve been given the unique ability to harness it, to use its power to improve our lives. Not only that, but poets and artists have used fire to describe the God-given spark that wakes us up in the morning and fuels our purpose and passion. Whatever the context, fire is not to be ignored. Sisters, this is a year we will tend the fire in our hearts.
We would love to help you get connected and answer any questions you have. Feel free to contact us by email at any time!
What is MOPS?
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and exists to encourage, equip and help women become better moms. MOPS connects mothers 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 equipped and to find their identity by journeying alongside one another.
Who can be in MOPS?
MOPS is open for ALL mothers of children from birth through kindergarten (5 or 6 years old).
What is a Mentor Mom?
Sometimes we need a wise woman who has been there and done that to bounce ideas off of. That’s why we love our Mentor moms, they have sage advice and willing ears. Also, a mentor mom is someone whose kids have all aged out of kindergarten. If you are interested in seeing if this is a good fit for you, please contact Mary Beth Meyer for more information.
What happens at a MOPS meeting?
Bi-monthly meetings include yummy food, fellowship, a topical speaker, discussion group time with the same group of women each meeting, and the opportunity to create something useful for your home. This is a chance for you to carve out some time for yourself. Time to think, to talk, to laugh with new friends and to realize you’re not alone on this journey called motherhood and this season of life with young children.
When do we meet?
We meet twice a month on Fridays from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Childcare is available from 9:15–11:45 a.m.
9a .m.–1 pm., Saturday, September 8 & 0 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday January 19
September 14 & 28
October 12 & 26
November 9, 16 MOPS ON THE GO (coordinated with individual tables)
February 8 & 22
March 8,15 MOPS ON THE GO (coordinated with individual tables)
April 12 & 26
Where do we meet?
We meet in room D130, also known as Blue Sky 2, on the Willow Creek Campus in South Barrington. Blue Sky 2 is located in the center of the Main building. Use Entrance D or E, then take the stairs or elevator down to Level 1. Blue Sky 2 is across from the main Promiseland check-in desk.
Where do my children go?
Childcare is provided by Willow Creek’s Care4Kids ministry. During the time you are nurturing yourself, your kids will be lovingly cared for by staff and volunteers that will provide a preschool-like environment in age appropriate rooms. Your kids will have a chance to do crafts, listen to stories and songs, play games, have a snack, and make new friends. There will be several different themes explored throughout the semester. Every effort is made to ensure your child has a safe and positive experience at Care4Kids. Care4Kids is located right across from Blue Sky 2 and is open from 9:15 – 11:45. Head there first and drop your kiddos off and then join us.
How much does it cost to join MOPS and attend meetings?
The total cost to join MOPS is $75 for the semester. This covers the cost of childcare (for any number of children), speaker fees, hospitality items, and coffee. It also covers the MOPS International Dues. You receive a MOPS welcome kit, which includes all sorts of goodies from MOPS.
With growing family needs, many MOPS moms find themselves adjusting to new lifestyle and financial situations. Because we want to include anyone who wishes to join, regardless of her ability to pay, we offer a limited number of partial scholarships. Please contact Mary Beth at [email protected] for more details.
What happens if there is a waitlist?
Occasionally, we reach the maximum capacity for childcare. We strive to maintain a healthy child to childcare volunteer ratio. As spots become available, we will contact you and move you off the waitlist. If you are a mom that doesn’t need childcare, you will spend a shorter time on the waitlist. If you find alternate childcare after registering, please email Janel at [email protected] and you will be removed from the waitlist as soon as possible.