Group seeks to help MOPS

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

If you're a mother looking for a way to meet other moms, MOPS may be the answer.

This international organization - officially Mothers of Preschoolers - is a group of mothers whose children are in kindergarten or younger. There're more than 2,700 MOPS across the U.S. and in 19 other nations. MOPS has been described by some as a support group for mothers.

Currently, Frankfort's group meets at Capital City Christian Church on the second Tuesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A second MOPS is being formed for those who can't make the morning meetings. This group will meet at Crestwood Baptist Church on the fourth Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

According to its Web site (www.mops.org), "MOPS recognizes that urban, suburban, and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single, and married moms who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be."

Coordinator of MOPS at Capital City Christian Church Michelle Wagoner said she was previously in a MOPS group in Lawrenceburg.

"We moved to Frankfort in June, and I didn't know anyone here so I immediately tried to find a MOPS group in Frankfort," Wagoner said. "This is a great way for mothers to be able to meet other people."

Wagoner has a 3-year-old son, Clayton and a 3-month old daughter, Allison.

"MOPS started in Frankfort in 2000 at Capital City Christian Church," Wagoner said. "Churches charter the organization and the MOPS mission statement is to nurture every mother of preschoolers according to her distinct needs to the glory of Jesus Christ."

All moms who have children in the required age range are eligible to join, and all members pay a yearly membership fee of $19.95 to MOPS International. Members receive a welcome packet, a weekly e-mail, books on mothering and a BI-monthly magazine, Wagoner said.

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