Addressing the felt needs of moms through this theme:
The emphasis is relationships and hope. MOPS communicates a message of hope and creates an atmosphere of supportive relationships that moms need to survive in a world of constant change. Taking the plunge in relationships is being authentic and going deeper. In a MOPS group, relationships offer hope to moms, especially as moms go deeper and take risks to create authentic community. All facets of relationships can be strengthened through taking risks, going deeper and showing authentic love – neighborhood, friendships, marriages, extended families, the world around us and ultimately relationship with God. Throughout the year, groups can focus content on these different types of relationships and equip moms to be relationally healthy and thriving.
Theme Verse: 1 Peter 4:8-11 (The Message)
Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God's words; if help, let it be God's hearty help. That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
Focus verse: Love each other as if your life depended on it.
Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood by Tracey Bianchi. The essence of the book is that moms need to be connected in relationships in order to be better moms. The content includes an emphasis on finding your rhythm in relationships, in terms of family, marriage, friendships and broader community.
Always There: Reflections for Moms on God's Presence by Susan Besze Wallace, General Editor. Organized around the times of a mom’s day, and the truth that God is always present, a relationship you can count on. This book is a compilation of many voices and will affirm a mom’s relationship with God and the fact that she can count on God throughout her mothering experience, with the daily joys and sorrows of mothering.