FAQ

Look here first for the answers to all your frequently asked MOPS questions!


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1.      When and where does Belvoir MOPS meet?
2.      How much does joining MOPS cost?
3.      Is there childcare at MOPS?
4.      I’ve never left my child with anyone before and I’m nervous. Where do you get your workers? Can’t I bring my child into the meeting with me?
5.      Can I bring my child if they are sick?
6.      Why do I need to register beforehand? Can’t I just show up?
7.      My printer is busted and I'm out of stamps! How can I get these registration forms and then get them back to you?
8.      I have a friend who wants to come with me, but she isn’t military. Can she come?
9.      Where is the best place to check if MOPS is canceled due to weather?
10.  Why am I assigned a table to sit at? Can’t I just sit with the women I already know?
11.  Do I have to be “religious” in order to come to MOPS?
12.  I don’t have any kids, but I’m pregnant. Can I come to MOPS?
13.  All my kids are older than 6. Can I still come to MOPS?
14.  Are there any MOPS social events during the year outside of the meetings? Can anyone come?
15.  Being a member of the Leadership Team looks like fun! How do I get more involved?
16. I've been told I'm on the wait list. What does that mean?
17.  What exactly should I expect at a Belvoir MOPS meeting?





1. When and where does Belvoir MOPS meet?


      a.  MOPS meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (unless FCPS is closed) from Sept. through May. We meet from 9:45 to 11:45AM at Woodlawn Chapel. Woodlawn Chapel is located across the street from the Commissary.  You may drop off your little MOPPETS as early as 9:15AM.


2. How much does joining MOPS cost?


      Woodlawn Chapel pays our chapter dues as well as MOPPETS fees and miscillaneous expenses. However, all moms are encouraged to become a MOPS member with MOPS International, Inc.  After our first meeting, you will be emailed a registration link to MOPS International's webpage.  Dues for MOPS International are $24.95.

3. Is there childcare at MOPS?

      Watchcare for children ages 6 months to 5 years is available and free! We call it our MOPPETS program. We also have a Home School room for children older than 5 and they are expected to bring school work with them to work on during their time. All children who will be with you in the building need to be registered with us in advance using our MOPPETS registration form (attached to the MOPS registration form). It is chapel policy that the parent/guardian of each child be physically in the building during programs, so we cannot accommodate other people's children who may be with you.

4. I’ve never left my child with anyone before and I’m nervous. Where do you get your workers? Can’t I bring my child into the meeting with me?

            a. All of our watch care workers are professionals and contracted through Fort Belvoir Watchcare to provide childcare for Chapel programs. All workers are background checked, have Red Cross training and are often other military moms like you! We also have two members of our Leadership Team for each group whose job it is to make sure the MOPPETS program runs smoothly and your child stays safe and happy. You will be just down the hall and our MOPPETS leaders are always available to hear your concerns and suggestions.

      Our meeting time is a sacred time for moms to connect with each other, free from outside distractions. So, we have a strict policy of not allowing children over the age of 6 months into the meetings with us. Trust our workers and enjoy the MOPS time to renew and refresh yourself!

5. Can I bring my child if they are sick?

            a. Please help us keep all of our kids healthy by keeping sick kids at home instead of MOPS. Please see our MOPPETS tab for our full policy document.

6. Why do I need to register beforehand? Can’t I just show up?

            a. Belvoir MOPS is an open group in that we do not close registration and we accept new members during the entire year.  However, we are limited by fire codes and child-adult ratios in our watchcare classes. By registering before you arrive, you give us time to prepare for you and your kids. That way, when you do show up, we have a chair and a nametag waiting for you and enough watch care workers to handle the additional children. We often get so full we are forced to implement a wait list. Those on the wait list are contacted as soon as a spot becomes available and many moms join us each year off of the wait list. So, even if our website says we have a wait list, please send us your forms anyway so we can get you plugged in right away!

7. My printer is busted! How can I get these registration forms and then get them back to you?

            a. No problem! Hard copies of our registration forms are available at Woodlawn Chapel across from the commissary. We can also snail mail you a set if you email us your address. To return them, simply drop them in the mail! The address is on the form.

8. I have a friend who wants to come with me, but she isn’t military. Can she come?

            a. While we do not check military IDs at the door, Belvoir MOPS is a military MOPS group and focuses on the unique needs of military moms. There are several other classic MOPS groups in the area your friend may feel more comfortable attending. A full listing of local MOPS groups can be found at MOPS.org.

9. Where is the best place to check if MOPS is canceled due to weather?

            a. Belvoir MOPS follows the Fairfax County inclement weather system. If Fairfax County has any delay or cancellation, MOPS will be canceled. Our website and our Facebook page are the best places for the most up-to-date information about our group.

10. Why am I assigned a table to sit at? Can’t I just sit with the women I already know?

            a. One of the goals of MOPS is for you to make 8 great friends who you can talk to about deeper things and who will support you through whatever happens in your life this year. The only way that happens is to sit with the same women each meeting to build the trust that forms the foundation for strong relationships. We also want you to meet new friends, maybe even some you wouldn’t have naturally made on your own. Trust us, you’ll love having the same table leader and buddies to care for you week after week!

11. Do I have to be “religious” in order to come to MOPS?

            a. Absolutely not! MOPS is a place where every mom, regardless of race, rank, age or religion is welcomed and accepted, just as you are! While we are a Chapel group and we operate from a Christian perspective, we promise no preaching at you or guilt trips (mommy guilt or otherwise!) Our goal is to help you become the best woman, wife and mother you can be, no matter where you are in life right now!

12. I don’t have any kids, but I’m pregnant. Can I come to MOPS?

            a. Absolutely! Pregnant moms are more than welcome to join MOPS!

13. All my kids are older than 6. Can I still come to MOPS?

            a. MOPS is uniquely designed to focus on the needs of moms that still have at least one child under the age of 6. As such, that is the only requirement to becoming a MOPS member.  That being said, there are other groups such as MOPS Next you may enjoy.

14. Are there any MOPS social events during the year outside of the meetings? Can anyone come?

            a. During the MOPS year we have many social events. Some are just for members and others are open to everyone. Our Facebook page and the main page of our website are the best places to learn about our events.

15. Being a member of the Leadership Team looks like fun! How do I get more involved?

            a. You’re right! Being on the Leadership Team is awesome! We have tons of fun, do lots of stuff together outside of MOPS and really become great friends. If you’d like to get involved, please let your table leader know!

16. I've been told I'm on the wait list. What does that mean?

            a. We can only fit so many moms around our tables and so many kids in our watch care rooms. Once we reach that number we have no choice but to start a wait list. On average, we reach MOPS capacity and have to start a wait list less than a month after opening registration each summer. If you've been told you're on the wait list, unfortunately that means we simply do not have room for you in MOPS right now. But, do not despair! In this fast-paced military PCS environment, spots become available on a regular basis. By being on the wait list, you will be the first one we call when a spot opens. Last year over 20 women joined MOPS that way! In the meantime, we invite you to join us at any of our social events and play dates. We want to meet you!

17. What exactly should I expect at a Belvoir MOPS meeting?

            a. While no MOPS meeting is exactly the same, we generally follow the same format:  You start with a yummy brunch and social time with the other awesome moms at your table. Then we’ll usually have a warm up game before hearing a great speaker talk to us on a topic of relevance to military moms.  Then you have plenty of time to discuss what the speaker talked about with your new friends at your table.  Since you’ll have been sitting with them all year and we have important table rules (like confidentiality, etc.), you’ll feel comfortable really talking honestly about your life, your struggles and your triumphs. A few times as year we also do a craft and work together on a service project or two.    It’s a great time and you won’t regret being a part of MOPS!