MOPS expanding their outreach program

Published 7:20 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Women supporting women is the heart of a ministry that has been offered at Crossway Church for nearly 15 years.

Twice a month during the school year, expectant mothers through mothers of kindergarten-aged children, have been coming together as part of the international organization, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). This fall, the church is expanding their outreach program, Preschool Director at Crossway Church Angela Marshall said.

“We are adding a group that meets in the evenings for working moms or for those who are unable to attend the morning meetings,” Marshall said. “The evening group will also include MOMSNext, which is for mothers of school-aged children.”

MOPS was founded in 1973 by eight women in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. During this gathering, they exchanged craft ideas and engaged in a devotional.

They also shared the cost of the childcare expenses while they met.

The women then decided to reach out to other mothers like themselves, and now MOPS meet across the United States and around the world.

The local chapter of MOPS has more than 50 women who participate representing many areas of the community and different churches.

And because Vicksburg is a unique town with its many government facilities that bring in transplants, Marshall said since most who attend did not grow up here, the local organization also acts as a family to these women.

MOPS meetings have included a self-defense demonstration and local law enforcement giving a talk on car seat safety.

“We also have several service projects every year,” Marshall said. “We have held baby showers for the Center for Pregnancy Choices, put together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, made ‘Night Night blankets’ for the local Children’s Shelter (a stuffed animal and book, tied up in a homemade fleece blanket), and done yard work and housework for senior adults in our community.”

Marshall said the group also offers play dates, mom’s night outs and family outings.

“For the fall, we have scheduled a pudding painting party, MOPS Swap and Shop (a white elephant sale and an opportunity for moms with home businesses to sell their products), a freezer meal prep night, a ‘Polar Express’ movie night and a game night/cookie swap,” Marshall said.

There will also be a Parent’s Night In, where the group will provide childcare and a meal at the church for parents to enjoy a low-cost date night.

MOPS meet at 9:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month and at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the church, 1825 US 61.

The evening group also includes MOMSNext.

For more information, call 601-218-6469, email angela@visitcrossway.org or visit facebook.com/vicksburgmops/.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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