Are you absolutely at the end of your rope? Are you lonely and tired and overwhelmed by diapers? Honey, you need to get the heck out of your house.
No, seriously. Go.
And, honestly, there’s no better place to do that than a place where other people understand what you’re going through.
Mothers of Preschoolers, or MoPS is a fantastic organization that exists to support moms through the somewhat overwhelming years of infancy, toddlerhood, and preschool. Groups have various formats, including daytime with childcare, evenings for working moms, and even groups for teens. Moms NEXT exists to extend further support to mothers whose children are now elementary aged. These groups do have a fee associated to cover childcare/supplies/room rentals. While these groups are housed in churches, you do not have to be a church member or a Christian to belong. Also, note that most groups will let you come and try a meeting or two before joining. Frequently, scholarships or payment plans are available, too.
Here are some of our local groups:
First Baptist Church of Woodbridge offers online registration as well as a Facebook group. They offer 3 traditional MOPS on Friday mornings (1st/3rd or 2nd/4th from 9:30-11:30) with childcare as well as a 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 7-9pm group without childcare. Registration is $94 for Fridays and $74 for Tuesdays.
Lake Ridge Baptist Church offers a group on the third Thursday of each month from 7-9pm. Membership is $53.95, and includes childcare on an as-needed basis.
Old Bridge UMC offers a group on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm and the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 9:30-11:30 as a playgroup. Membership is $43.95 and includes childcare if required.
St. Margaret’s Anglican Church has previously offered both MOPS and Moms Next, but is currently sharing worship space with another church. Check back for updates.
MOPS Manassas/Bristow Gainesville:
Manassas Baptist Church meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 9am-noon. Registration is $45 and childcare is available.
Mclean Bible Church Prince Wiliam Campus MOPS meets the 1st and 3rd Friday from 9:30-11:30am. Registration is $155. Childcare is provided.
Manassas Assembly of God hosts a group on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30am, additional information is available by calling 703-368-2895
Gainesville United Methodist Church meets the 1st/3rd Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Am I missing your MOPS group? Shoot me an email! I’m happy to add you! Also, if you’re a MOPS leader, I am available to come and speak to your group, for free. Email me for details on the topics I can cover.