Our program begins at 9.30am so we recommend arriving beforehand so you can settle your little ones into MOPS kids before we start. Grab a cuppa and some yummy treats then find a friend to chat with. Please do your best to be on time as late arrivals can upset our littlest MOPS kids and we’d also hate for you to miss out on our amazing program this year.
Our program this year includes talks, some from guest speakers, some DVD presentations and plenty of discussion. You will be allocated to a discussion table for your year at MOPS. This gives you familiar faces to see each week and a point of contact in your table leader. Please let your table leader know if you will not be attending a MOPS morning or if you have any questions or queries.
We will then join together in a creative activity; this may be making something together, or participating in an activity.
Our day finishes at 11.20am at which time we would love your help to pack away before collecting our children at 11.30am.
Find Your Fire
Fire is a tool used only by human beings. Since the beginning of time, humans have congregated around its warmth for light, protection and company. Even though fire is a powerful force that can bring destruction, we’ve been given the unique ability to harness it, to use its power to improve our lives. Fire shows us that even in the most devastating circumstances there is always an opportunity for renewal. Poets and artists have used fire to describe the 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 will stop inhaling the fumes of our mistakes that tell us we are not enough, not a good enough mum, not pretty enough, not brave enough, not smart enough, not wealthy enough. Instead we will choose to tend the fire within us. We will love our children with an all-consuming love and use our words to warm the world. We will hold the torch high and shed light on what matters most.
When our homes feel cold, we’ll light a fire.
When a friend has lost her spark, we’ll fan her flame.
When the world seems dark, we will be an ember of hope.
In order to do this we will:
This is the bold reminder to think about what could go right.
We will renew our minds and choose to look for what is good. Hope will be on the tip of our tongues. Passion will flow from our hearts and we will not be afraid to hope big hopes. Tending is required to keep the fire alive, so we will fan our flame by choosing to do more things that make us forget to check our phones. We will choose to play with our kids instead of crossing one more thing off our to-do list. We will be women whose passion and patience inspire the people we love most.
This is the bold reminder to let things go.
Fire is a tool of transformation, and often the most life-improving thing we can do is surrender. Surrender is often misunderstood as an act of weakness when in truth it is an act of courage. What would it feel like to let yourself off the hook from living like it is all up to you? Let go of unhelpful expectations and the need to control the people and situations in your life. Surrender to a more tranquil and achievable reality and submit to gentler rhythms for your life. This year, we will take a daring step into the fire of transformation, so we can emerge truer and braver than we ever imagined we could be. We will be women who find empowerment from taking time to be still.
This is the bold reminder to let yourself be loved.
Even though we aren’t enough in our own mind, we are enough in the mind of God. There is nothing that you can do, or have done, to ruin or fracture God’s love for you. There is no amount of striving or performing that will earn you more. Breathe freely and joyfully, and be refreshed. We will be women and mums who stand out because we live loved.