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April 2014 News

A breath of fresh air for busy mums

  • Written by  Jess Everingham
The MOPS group at Christlife recently enjoyed a BBQ at Queen’s Park to raise awareness for their group . Photo: Provided

The Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPs) group at Christlife Presbyterian is bursting at the seams.

The group held a barbecue at Queen’s Park on March 22 to raise awareness of their organization, but MOPS mum Jessica Rowe said they already have more mums than they can handle.

“We’ve got a waiting list which is restricted by carers and space in the church, so everybody loves it,” she said.

“We’ve seen women really grow, come out of their shells.”

Jessica said the barbecue was designed to promote the group to the community.

“It was to create a bit of awareness around MOPs as an outreach to mums in the community, that there’s something out there to get them out of the house.”

MOPs mentor Judith Wilcox said the group meets a need for mothers.

“The mums have morning tea, an inspirational or educational speaker and do a craft,” she said.

“It does fill that need for mums who need to connect with other mums and be encouraged.”

MOPs offers a ‘Moppets’ group for children from 0 to 4 years-old, while their mums enjoy time together.

Judith said Christlife is looking for more Moppets carers, and suggested that another church could start their own MOPs group.

“It’s a fabulous group,” she said. “MOPs allows these mums to have some time away from their kids.

“It’s just like a breath of fresh air for them.”

She also asked for prayer support.

“It’s an outreach event. Currently we probably have half church mums and half non-church mums.”

Those wishing to volunteer or wanting more information can contact Grace McClymont or Jane Walker at Christlife Presbyterian, 46 334 000.

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