MUMS

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MUMS stands for Moms Uplifting Moms in the preschool years. We are Moms with kids from pregnancy through kindergarten age who want to encourage, nurture, and refresh one another, making our mothering substantial. MUMS is a resource for information on mommy-hood and a wonderful network for building relationships with other moms.

Immanuel Bible Church's MUMS meets once a month from 7-9pm. We do not have childcare during our meetings; we love our kids, but this is a moms-only night (nursing infants are welcome, though). We have good food, great speakers, and quality time for round-table discussion in small groups. We have a wide range of ages, backgrounds, lifestyles, and children, but we all share a desire to be the best mothers we can be. Our speakers and our mentors are top-notch women who recognize how important the years from infancy through kindergarten are for kids and their moms. We also have special activities throughout the year, both for moms and for their young ones, helping build relationships with one another.

At a time when it is normal to feel tired, overwhelmed, and under appreciated, MUMS is a place where we can come together with other moms for friendship, support and encouragement! We hope you join us this year!

Meetings are held in Room A207 at Immanuel Bible Church, 7–9pm.

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2020-2021 Meetings

This Year's Theme: Someday Training

"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
-- Proverbs 22:6

We hear it said that, as a parent, time flies. The days are long but the years are short. Even in the early days of motherhood we find the truth in both ends of these sayings. How is our baby a week old already, one year, in school? Is it time to go to bed yet? Is this day over? Please, Lord, let me have just one night of uninterrupted sleep! Please?

Raising kids is hard work. Sometimes it feels like all we can do to just survive. This season, however, is not about surviving. It’s about training. Training our children to be people who are polite, kind, loving, and who hopefully also love Jesus.

There is so much that happens in these early years. So much training. We teach our children how to do everything. How to walk, talk, eat, share, sleep, use the bathroom, behave in public, behave at home; the list is endless. Even discipline is defined as the practice of training. No wonder motherhood is exhausting.

We know it’s our job to help these precious little babies grow into tiny humans; people that interact with other people. Also, though, we have to remember that these tiny humans, these wonderful children of ours, will continue growing beyond toddlers and preschoolers. Someday, they’ll be big kids, teenagers, even adults. Of course we need to cherish their childhood; soak in every moment we can. Childhood, though, does not last forever. So while the Lord has entrusted them to our care and they are small and vulnerable enough to express their desperate need for our love and care and direction, let's commit to keeping someday in mind and training them well. Not only training in ways that help them function as a human being, but also in godliness. And this training is not just for our children, but for us too. Training ourselves in godliness as we train our children in godliness. “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Tim 4:8)

Meeting Format

The following will give you an idea of what goes on at our meetings:

7:30pm Arrive / Greet / Eat
When you arrive, you are assigned to a small group table of moms. With social distancing policies, we will need to have ‘chair groups’ instead of table groups. Chairs will be arranged in rows, but we’ll make sure you are able to sit near your assigned small group for relationship building and discussion.

7:45 Announcements / Games / Giveaways

8:00 Speaker
Sample topics for this year include biblically responding to failure, honoring grandparents, not living in fear, and beauty for God’s glory. Speakers are typically women from IBC and will provide a biblical perspective on issues moms face every day.

8:35 Table Time
Discussion and fellowship time at your table led by table leaders and mentor moms.

9:00 End

MUMS Mentor Moms

Each table is assigned a MUMS Mentor Mom. This is a mother whose children are grown, and has volunteered to be actively involved in the lives of younger mothers. They are a great source of information and advice. There are several fun moms nights scheduled with the MUMS mentor moms. This allows you a chance to get to know them and ask questions about your experiences.

Resources and FAQS

WHAT DOES THE NEW LOGO STAND FOR? MUMS stands for Moms Uplifting Moms in the preschool years.  We are Moms who want to encourage, nurture, and refresh one another.  Our speakers and Mentor Moms are women who uplift us and help us see how the Gospel affects our mothering.  MUMS is a place where we find true hope and come together to make our mothering substantial.

WHY SWITCH FROM MOPS TO MUMS?  Good question!  While we have appreciated the partnership and support MOPS has provided in the past, our leadership team has been increasingly concerned about what appears to be a shift in direction and emphasis over the past few years in MOPS International.  Our mission for our group at Immanuel is to encourage and uplift moms by pointing them to the hope of the Gospel.  Sadly, it seems to us that the Gospel has been increasingly obscured in what we see coming from MOPS.  It is the hope of Christ in us that will change how we mother.  We find that hope missing, hidden, or obscured in what we have seen in the last few years.  Accordingly, we made the painful decision to not renew our charter with MOPS for the coming year.  This was not a quick or reactionary decision but one we prayed over and discussed for some time.  We take quite seriously our mission to shepherd and encourage moms.  We cannot continue to partner with an organization that seems to be struggling to define and defend truth.

IS THIS FOR ALL MOMS?   While we have a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and children, this is a group for moms with kids from pregnancy through kindergarten age.  Immanuel has another wonderful group for moms with kids in the elementary years – EMOMS.

WHAT WILL THE MONTHLY MEETINGS LOOK LIKE?  Our meetings include a meal together, uplifting speakers, and discussion time in a small group with other moms in the same season of life.  Each small group has its own Mentor Mom to encourage and support us during these important years of mothering.  In addition to the monthly meetings, we have periodic special activities for fellowship and fun.

HOW DO I REGISTER?  You can register online here.  Registration is only $20 for the whole year!  That works out to less than $3 per meeting.  If you will only be able to make a few meetings, we will have walk-in registration available for $5 per meeting.

 

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