Moms of secondary students and young children are the last to have a lot of time for relaxing and fellowship. With that in mind, First Baptist Church Hamilton is offering just that: Any mother with kids — newborns through age 18 — is invited to join MOPS and MOMSnext to get some "me time" in, with Jesus at the forefront.
The third Tuesday of each month is a time for mothers to come together for breakfast, crafts, a Bible devotion and to hear from a guest speaker. The MOPS and MOMSnext groups meet at 9:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at the church, 1501 Pyramid Hill Blvd. People who attend do not need to be members of FBC Hamilton, and childcare is provided free of charge.
There is another Bible Study opportunity for mothers of children at 9:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. MOPS and MOMSnext co-chair Julie Yantes says there is also child care provided for that.
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, members of the groups are invited to meet up with their children for play date, Yantes said.
"We do Jump'N Jacks, or go to the library, or just play in the gym at church," she said of some of the play date activities.
The mother-focused groups also meet on Wednesday nights while their children attend the various Christ-centered programs for youth at FBC Hamilton. And there are sometimes meet ups on Friday nights — those are without children to allow moms to re-energize and get some more of that important "me time."
Yantes says at the monthly meetings, moms "are able to have actual conversations and eat our food and drink our coffee while it is still warm. We go through a lot, and it's nice to be able to find other moms who are going through the same things we are."
People who are interested in more information on MOPS and MOMSnext at First Baptist Church Hamilton should visit firstbaptisthamilton.org/mops.
"It is a lot of fun and it's great to be able to count on these relationships with other moms," Yantes said. "It's nice to be able to have someone to talk to who is going through the same things you are. We also do so much outside of MOPS as a group."