2011-2012 Meetings

Covenant Baptist Church MOPS meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, from September through May.

What happens at each meeting?
  • 9:05-9:15 a.m.: MOPPETS drop-off
  • 9:15 a.m.: Welcome, prayer and brunch* 
  • 9:30 a.m.: Roll call, announcements, games
  • 10 a.m.: Speaker or craft activity
  • 10:40 a.m.: Break into small groups
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m.: Small group discussion
  • 11:15 a.m.: Dismissal; Pick up children from MOPPETS
 (*Brunch provided on a rotating basis by group members)

2011-2012 Meeting Calendar
This is a working calendar, and activities are subject to change. Additional details and activities will be added throughout the year, and some speakers are still pending.

Sept. 20, 2011
Topic: MomSense " 'Mom'-opoly"
Activity: Creating prayer journals
Brunch: Steering team

Oct. 4, 2011
Topic: Decision-Making "Mr. Potato Head"
Speaker: Representatives of the nutrition program at the Kansas State Research & Extension office will equip us with tools to tackle planning healthy family meals.
Brunch: Monopoly (Martha's group)

Oct. 18, 2011
Topic: Patience "Don't Break the Ice"
Activity: Lara and Caroline will teach us how to craft cool Jack-O-Lanterns.
Brunch: Candyland (Winter's group)

Special Event: Halloween Party!
Oct. 25, 2011
Dress up the kiddos, and yourself if you like, and join us for some tricks and treats. We'll have snacks and activities for the kids. Bring your camera! 9:15-10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at Covenant.

Nov. 1, 2011
Topic: Consistency "Chess"
Speaker: Julie McGinley, parent educator and program administrator for the Auburn-Washburn and Shawnee Heights Parents as Teachers programs, will share her expertise on consistency in parenting and how it can help us navigate the highs and lows of life with little ones.
Brunch: Chutes & Ladders (Nichole's group)

Nov. 15, 2011
Topic: Self-Control "Jenga"
Activity: Christmas crafts. Becky will help us get a headstart on the holiday with creative and quick solutions for gift-giving and decorating.
* Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes due. We'll pack these up in small groups.
Brunch: Monopoly (Martha's group)

Special Event: Meet Santa
Nov. 29, 2011
Santa Claus will make a stop at Covenant to visit with the kids. In addition to snacks and a story, each child will get to tell Santa their wish. Be sure to bring the camera, and steering committee plans to take pictures for you, too! 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Dec. 6, 2011
Topic: Christmas "Memory"
Come and be uplifted by the reason for the season as we hear an inspirational Christmas message.
Brunch: Candyland (Winter's group)

Dec. 20, 2011
Topic: Fun "Yahtzee"
We know the flurry of holiday activities mean moms really need a breather. Join us for a "Game-show Extravaganza!" to test your wits and tickle your funny bone.
Brunch: Chutes & Ladders (Nichole's group)

Jan. 10, 2012
Topic: GodSense "Guesstures"
Activity: We're "back to school" for second semester and easing into the new year with some laughs. Kick back as we enjoy a video of stay-at-home mom turned comic Anita Renfroe.
Brunch: Monopoly (Martha's group)

Jan. 24, 2012
Topic: God & You "Life"
Speaker: Christian marriage and family counselor Corey Schliep, a popular guest speaker, will return with his insights.
Brunch: Candyland (Winter's group)

Feb. 7, 2012
Topic: Respect "Connect Four"
Activity: We'll craft Resurrection Eggs, perfect for counting down to the holiday while telling the Easter story in language that preschoolers can understand.
Brunch: Chutes & Ladders (Nichole's group)

Feb. 21, 2012
Topic: Perspective
Activity: Tea & Testimony: Hear how MOPS has affected women's mothering journeys.
Brunch: Monopoly (Martha's group)

March 6, 2012
Topic: Staying Calm "Old Maid"
Activity: Spa Day! An annual favorite, this day is set aside to pamper ourselves with spa treatments.
Brunch: Candyland (Winter's group)

April 3, 2012
Topic: Joy "Perfection"
Speaker: Gale Nation, of New Hope Food Pantry
Brunch: Chutes & Ladders (Nichole's group)

April 17, 2012
Topic: Love "Guess Who"
Activity: Crafting prayer bracelets
Brunch: Monopoly (Martha's group)

May 1, 2012
(Last meeting of the year)
Speaker: Topekan Mary Duncan, a MOPS International Advisory Board Member and Mentor Mom, in-demand speaker, and owner of Tools for Motherhood, will talk to us about focusing on the big picture in parenting while we're still in the trenches.
Brunch: Candyland (Winter's group)