My child is not yet in preschool, can I still come to MOPS?MOPS includes moms from the time of their pregnancy until their youngest child graduates from Kindergarten. So whether your child is 3 days old, 3 years old, or is currently in Kindergarten, we welcome you to MOPS.
Is childcare provided?Yes & no. We have background checked and trained workers to watch your children in our PBF MOPS Kids program. Children are grouped by age and their morning includes free play, a Bible lesson, hands-on-activities, crafts, snack, and song time.
Space in our MOPS Kids program is limited. Your child(ren) you must register with PBF MOPS Kids in order to secure a spot in our program. To see if we have room for your child(ren), please use the Contact Us form to submit and inquiry, include a birth date for each child you would like to enroll in PBF MOPS Kids.
If our MOPS Kids program is full, you are still welcome to join PBF MOPS. However, outside childcare will need to be used during meeting hours (9:30-11:30 AM). If you are unable to find outside childcare but still really want to join MOPS, please use the MOPS International Find A Group search to find an alternative group with open MOPS Kids programs near you. There are several located on the Kitsap Peninsula.
My baby is a newborn, do I have to place him in the MOPS Kids class?Babies 0-6 months old are welcome to stay with you during meetings. Strollers, car seats, or other bulky items may be requested to be moved to a designated "stroller parking" area for fire safety reasons. Children over six-months in age are strongly encouraged to be in a classroom and children over the age of one are required. PBF MOPS is a place for women to step out of the role of mom for a moment and just be herself, without the duty and stresses of childcare. Also, we occasionally talk about sensitive topic that are not appropriate for little ears. Our request for children to be in their designated MOPS Kids benefits them, the other women at your table and you.
I home school my older children, can I still come to MOPS?The answer is a very tentative "maybe". Please use the Contact Us form to discuss details of your specific situation. Please include your children's ages.
My child woke up with a fever, but I really need to get out of the house? Can I still come?Sorry, but no. Please stay home this morning. While we know we all look forward to our MOPS meeting days, it is important that we provide a safe environment for all children. In order to accomplish this, we cannot allow sick children to participate in the classrooms.
"Sick" children include anyone who:
- has a temperature of 100 or higher.
- has vomitted within the last 24 hours.
- has a runny nose with green or yellow mucus. (Please inform classroom volunteers if your child has a runny nose due to crying, teething or allergies.
- has had severe diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
- has been exposed to a contagious condition (i.e. chicken pox, measles, strep, roseola, fifth's disease).
- has uncovered open wound or lesions.
For those of you who miss a meeting due to a sick child, or any other reason, we try to post meeting recaps sometime during the week following the meeting. We know its not quite the same as being there but we hope you are still able to glean some good information from the talk presented.
What can I expect at a meeting?Fellowship - a time to catch up with one another.
Food - we can't meet without coffee and breakfast!
Creativity - fun and easy projects, even for the least crafty of us.
Speaker - encouraging us, giving us insights and ideas in our role as mom.
Small Group - true friends with whom to relate, share struggles and advice.
When do we meet? What time do we meet?Most months we meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. (See Meeting Dates & Times for a more specific calendar.) Check-in and childcare opens at 9:15, with our meeting starting at 9:30. Registration is completely closed by 9:45 to allow our Finance & Registration team to enjoy the meeting as well. Our meeting typically ends at 11:30. We ask that those attending help clean up the meeting space.
Where do we meet?We meet at our host church, Peninsula Bible Fellowship in East Bremerton just off HWY 303. See the map to the right for directions.
Do I have to attend Peninsula Bible Fellowship to come? Do I have to attend church to come?Nope! While MOPS is a Christian organization, we are not a Bible Study and we welcome all moms of preschoolers, no matter where they find themselves on the journey of faith.
May I come just to check you out? Can I bring a friend?Yes and yes! If you have never tried MOPS before, your first meeting is free. So please come check us out. We really hope you'll want to stay. And we're always up for meeting new friends, so bring one along with you.
With that being said, we can not guarantee childcare to non-registered MOPS Kids. Please use our Contact Us form to see if we have space in our childcare program before attending. Please include each child's birth date when inquiring.
What is the cost?The yearly membership fee for MOPS International is $31.95. Membership to MOPS International gives you access to any MOPS group for one meeting year. With your membership, MOPS International will send you:
In addition, our weekly meeting fee is $5. You can pay via cash, check or credit card. Pre-paid meeting punch cards are also available.
We do not want any mom who wants to be involved excluded from our group. If the fee is what is standing in the way of you joining our group, please use our Contact Us form to check about scholarship availability. At meeting, you can inquire with the ladies at the Finance & Registration table.