MOPS Meeting Review: Shepherding Your Children

We hope you had a good time connecting with other moms at our MOPS meeting on Nov 13. Thanks to Stefanie’s and Sara M.’s groups for providing the brunch! We gave away some fantastic door prizes to Pigtails and Crewcuts – Virginia Beach and the Chilled Ponds Ice Skating Rink. Also, we had our first raffle of the year for a gift certificate for Joe Corbi’s Direct food sales.

Mentor Moment

Mentor Mom Melene started our meeting by sharing Deuteronomy 6:6-8 and a few words about taking the opportunities to train our children at all times.

Shepherding Your Child

Sara M. introduced our special guest Denise H., who presented her ideas about “shepherding” your children, including:

  • Know them – Get to know your child’s temperament, patterns, love language, talents, skills, and desires for their futures.
  • Grow them – Guide them through P.E.A.R. – Principles, Examples, Application, and Rewards. Also, through building their personal character and through teaching them God’s character.
  • Show them – Guide them through daily skill building in the home (cleaning, manners, healthy living, etc) and on the job (sports, building/crafts, work, service, etc).
  • Throw them – Into the Lord’s care by praying daily, memorizing verses, and allowing God to work in your child’s life rather than intervening in every circumstance.

Thanks to Denise for providing fabulous handouts for the moms to keep. The handout included an outline of her ideas, tools we can use to get to know our children, and instructions to work on various character traits with our children. She also recommended the book “Praying Circles Around Your Children,” by Mark Batterson.

Operation Christmas Child

Thanks to all the families who donated gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Our members brought more than 50 boxes to add to the collection for Bethel Baptist Church. These gifts will provide joy and hope to needy children across the globe and, most importantly, the children who receive them will know that they are special and loved by God. Thanks again to Dr. Mark Levin and the team at We Make Smiles for donating toothbrushes and toothpaste for our boxes! Also, a big thanks to our Mentor Moms who stayed after the meeting to pack up and deliver the boxes to Bethel’s offices.


Our Next Meeting – Nov 27

Our next meeting is Nov 27 and we’ll be having a “Half-Day Craft Day.” Kelly’s Vivacious Violets and Kristina & Yvonne’s Radiant Reds tables have brunch/clean-up duty. Please look for the event invitation to be posted on our private Facebook group. See you there!