LOVING MOMS CLASS

You are invited to the Loving MOMS Class, a community where you will build friendships with other moms raising kids and be encouraged by biblically-based teaching and mentoring.   Running September - April with breaks for holidays, it's a fantastic year of building community while becoming better equipped with practical wisdom for moms.  We begin with a large group teaching by Mary Beth Schannep, then you break into your assigned small group to drill down and build relationships with other moms.  We try to group moms based on the ages of their kids, so you can help support one another.  We also host other events with free childcare, such as Moms & Dads Night Out and Loving MOMS and DADS Class, where dads can meet and ask questions, too.  

FREE CHILDCARE for children newborn thru age 5 is available until full and space is limited.  Please register early! Put a reminder in your phone and come back here August 1st when registration opens.  Childcare registration closes 9/14 or when full, whichever comes first, after which your child can be placed on a wait list.

ZOOM option is available for those needing to stay home or too far to commute/live out of town.

Loving MOMS Class begins Thursday, Sept 22, 2022     |    9:30 - 11:30 am     |   September - April with holiday breaks

9:00 - 9:30  social time with snacks and coffee  |  Cost:  $50 for the entire program 

If the class cost is a burden, scholarships are available. Contact Debbie Graves

No refunds after the first class but you can switch from Loving Moms Class to the Bible Study within the first three weeks, or give it to a friend.

JEN WILKIN'S STUDY OF EXODUS

FALL SEMESTER GOD OF DELIVERANCEIn Exodus 1–18, Jen Wilkin shows us that Israel’s story is our story: the same God who delivered Israel also delivers all those He loves from slavery.

WINTER SEMESTER GOD OF FREEDOM: Then, in Exodus 19-40, we will journey through the story of how God shepherds His newly-liberated children into an understanding of what their freedom means.  

This two semester study is packaged together as ONE study with two books.  Led by Kristen Turner and Amanda Quinn.  You do NOT need to be a mom to attend this study;  it is open to all women.

FREE CHILDCARE for children newborn thru age 5 is available until full and space is limited.  Please register early! Put a reminder in your phone and come back here August 1st when registration opens.  Childcare registration closes 9/14 or when full, whichever comes first, after which your child can be placed on a wait list.

Loving MOMS Bible Study "Study of Exodus" begins Thursday, Sept 22, 2022     |    9:30 - 11:30 am     |   September - April with holiday breaks.

9:00 - 9:30  social time with snacks and coffeeCost:  $50 for both semester including two books

If the class cost is a burden, scholarships are available. Contact Debbie Graves

No refunds after the first class but you can switch from the Bible Study to Loving Moms Class within the first three weeks, or give it a friend.

COMMON QUESTIONS

What is the difference between Loving MOMS Class and the Loving MOMS Bible Study?

Loving MOMS Class is for women who are currently raising children, particularly younger children.  The class follows a 24 week curriculum spanning September - April and has large group teaching and small group discussion, prayer, and support.  We also have additional activities through the year such as park days, date nights, Jesse Tree Ornament Exchange, Loving Moms and Dads Dinner.   The Loving MOMS Bible Study is for any woman of any age who wants to take the study, not just women raising children. It is one study spanning two semesters. The study runs at the exact same day and time as Loving MOMS Class, with the same fun opening and coffee bar, along with the fantastic free childcare we offer.  

Do I need to be a mom to attend Loving MOMS Class?

The Loving MOMS Class is designed for women that are currently raising children.  If you are a foster parent/caregiver/grandparent that is actively raising a child, we would love to have you!  However,  because of the nature of our small groups, if you are not currently raising a child, we invite you to join our LMC Bible Study or any of our Tuesday Women's Studies.  

Can I take Loving MOMS Class more than once?

Absolutely, and many moms do.  Parenting is extremely fluid, so something we discussed last year may not have seemed particularly important, while this year it suddenly is.  The small group discussions are never the same because every year is a new crop of moms and their growing children.  Plus, you will rejoin old friends and also make new ones. 

Do I need to be a member of Catalina Foothills Church to enroll in Loving MOMS Class or in the Loving MOMS Bible Study?

Nope!  Whether you attend CFC, attend a different church, or don't attend church at all, please join us.  Our Bible Study is open to women of all ages.  The Loving MOMS Class is open to moms/women caregivers currently raising children or expecting (pregnant or adoption).

Eeeek, I'm still confused, should I take the class or the study?

If you're currently raising small children or are expecting and haven't taken Loving MOMS Class, we'd LOVE to have you and you will get a LOT out of it, including new friends and new playmates for your kids. And dads will get to meet other dads at our date nights. For all other women out there looking for a Bible study on Thursday morning, please join our Loving Moms Bible Study.  We will be studying Jen Wilkin's Exodus.

I'm pregnant, can I still take the Loving MOMS Class?

Yes, of course!  And, after your baby is born, you'll have so much help and support from new friends, plus you can bring your baby to class with you up to four months old.   Bring that baby, in or out of the womb.  :)

I have tweens/teens, can I come to Loving MOMS Class?

Yes, we would love to have you!  However, while some of our curriculum is universal, other parts of it are geared toward topics related to raising younger children.  The challenges parents face with tweens/teens are different and not specifically addressed in this class, although many of the leaders have raised their children and have some great experience and wisdom.  Plus, you probably have experience to share with the newer moms.  If this sounds interesting to you, please come.

My children are adults and/or I have grandchildren, can I come?

The Loving MOMS Class is designed for women that are currently raising children.  If you are a foster parent/caregiver/grandparent that is actively raising a child, we would love to have you!  Otherwise, we invite you to join our LMC Bible Study or any of our Tuesday Women's Studies.  

Is childcare really free?  What's the catch?

We are blessed to receive generous donations and support from our church members, which enables us to offer free childcare with amazing and fully screened workers at no cost to you.  However, because our class is popular, we have waiting lists for childcare every year, especially in the 0-3 year range. To be fair to all the moms on the waiting list, we do expect you to use the childcare you have reserved.  Of course, we realize children get sick, but repeated absences or no-shows will cause you to lose your childcare spot.  If you are going to miss a class, you must communicate with our Director of Children's Ministry, Heather Bergeron.  After two no-show/no-call weeks in a row, she may need to give your spot away to another child on the waiting list.  Please communicate all childcare questions/needs/changes directly to Heather.  

Can my friend come after the class has started?

Loving MOMS Class is open for three weeks for moms to enroll.  Although we may not have room in childcare (it depends on their age), we welcome to moms to Loving MOMS Class within the first three weeks.  After week 3, our small groups are formed and the class is closed for the rest of the year.   With regards to the Loving MOMS Bible Study, we will open registration for the winter semester in early December for anybody who missed the fall but wants to jump in for the second half.

What age is childcare?

Newborn through age 5/Kinder.  When we say newborn, we mean it! There is no shame here in getting a little break for yourself and our background checked volunteers love rocking little babies! However, if you're not quite ready for that, or you're nursing, then you are welcome to keep your baby with you in class until he/she is 3-4 months.   Or, do a little of both:  drop him off when he's fussy, keep him when he's nursing, whatever works for you, we are here to help and care for your kiddos AND you.

More Questions?  

Contact Mary Beth Schannep, she would LOVE to talk to you!

Loving MOMS Class is sponsored by the Women's Ministry of Catalina Foothills Church.  To get involved with other things we have to offer, such as Tuesday morning Bible studies, serving opportunities, or fun, please CLICK HERE to learn more about Women's Ministry.