16 Aug 2018 An Invitation to MOPS
by Tessa Chaplin |
I grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan, with parents who served our community regularly. My mother managed a juvenile delinquent facility, mentored at-risk youth, and volunteered at a homeless shelter outside of work. The urge to help others has always been in me, but I wasn’t sure where to volunteer or how to get started. Being an introvert, it was difficult to push myself to step out of my comfort zone.
A friend invited me to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) when my youngest daughter was four. I quickly became part of a community that I wished I would have found years before! My MOPS table supported me when my father suddenly passed away, and my mentor mom continued to check in after the year was over. The service projects and volunteering in childcare lit a spark in me to serve others. I was asked to be a Discussion Group Leader the next year, but I was hesitant because I thought there would be pressure to be extroverted and bubbly and know the right things to say. The Lord eased my fears and orchestrated a table full of laughter, vulnerable moments, and effortless conversation. Being a Discussion Group Leader gave me confidence each week to step out of my comfort zone and awakened my servant heart.
If you’d like to join MOPS for the Fall 2018 session or be a part of other women’s groups such as small dinner gatherings and Bible studies, head over to our women’s page.
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