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September 10, 2020 - 2:40pm

Press release:

Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia is continually opening its doors to the community and is inviting everyone to their events throughout September and the rest of this year. In addition to worship services, Northgate offers dozens of volunteer-led small groups, many of which are open to the public.

Several groups relaunch this month, including:

GriefShare, a 13-week group designed to help and encourage those grieving the loss of a loved one due to death. The format is a weekly video presentation and discussion time that offers hope and comfort. Find more information at http://www.griefshare.org/about. Meetings will take place on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., starting Sept. 15th. To sign up, visit https://northgatefmc.churchcenter.com/groups/ There is a $15 cost for workbooks, scholarships available.

DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. DivorceCare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You will learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future. A new 13-week session begins on Saturday, Sept. 19th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. To sign up, visit https://northgatefmc.churchcenter.com/groups/ There is a $15 cost for workbooks, scholarships available.

Mothers of Preschoolers or “MOPS” are women who gather together twice a month to share and support each other in the remarkable journey that is motherhood. Meetings consist of relevant speakers, fun crafts, supportive conversations and fellowship. Moms can choose a 9 o'clock morning group or a 6:30 evening group. MOPS is open to all moms with children from birth until their youngest child finishes kindergarten. Groups will be meeting online through the end of the year, with hopes to meet in person in 2021. Membership is currently $32, scholarships are available. Register at our Popsicles at the Pavilion event on Sept. 19, 11 a.m. at 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, or visit https://northgatefmc.churchcenter.com/groups/

Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 (including any and all holidays that fall on a Thursday, unless there is a serious snow storm) at our North Campus. Our CR leaders guide and assist those of us who are gaining joy and freedom in Christ as we apply the 12-Steps of Celebrate Recovery to the hurts, habits and hang-ups we all struggle with. All are welcome! We believe anyone and everyone would benefit by attending this group, where we allow God to transform our lives. We are able to share openly and honestly about our struggles with people we come to trust, who will maintain confidentiality, and who will not judge us. For more info, go to: https://northgatecr.weebly.com/

For more information about any of these groups or other events, please contact the Northgate office at (585) 343-4011 or email [email protected]

October 2, 2012 - 2:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, MOPS.

Press release:

The Northgate chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers or MOPS regularly serves over 120 moms throughout the Genesee region.

Northgate MOPS meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Northgate Free Methodist Church’s South campus at 350 Bank St. in Batavia.

Morning MOPS meets from 9:30-11:30 and MOPS at Night meets from 6:30-8:30. In addition to a morning session and an evening session, a Teen MOPS group also meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30.

Available to all MOPS moms at meetings is a free childcare program called MOPPETS. Children are cared for by loving, caring, care providers through creative activities, games, story time and music.

MOPS meetings range from dynamic guest speakers, round table discussions, creative crafts and always include great food and fellowship.

“This year Is shaping up to be an awesome year filled with relevant topics and activities that aim to support and encourage moms from all walks of life,” Megan Williams, coordinator of the MOPS at Night group said.

“Our group truly shows the range of moms we welcome into MOPS. From married moms to single moms, working moms to stay-at-home moms, to moms of multiples and moms of just one, we all gather with one thing in common- to encourage, support and build community among moms. MOPS International has always affirmed that ‘better moms make a better world’ and I believe that’s what we’re doing right here in our own small communities.”

To find out more about Northgate MOPS contact the group coordinators:

(MOPS @ Night Web site- www.NorthgateMOPS.wordpress.com)

About MOPS International:

For over 35 years, MOPS International has been creating authentic communities where moms gather to experience encouragement, support and hope. But, it doesn’t stop there. Through training and development customized to women in this stage of life, and through do-able service opportunities, MOPS grows moms to make a better world. Every mom is welcomed, accepted and inspired to reach her potential and recognize her influence within her family and her world. MOPS believes that better moms really do make a better world. MOPS group meet all over the world in more than 30 countries and in over 4,000 groups in the United States. For more information visit www.MOPS.org.

July 22, 2010 - 1:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee County Fair, MOPS.

At the Genesee County Fair, the local chapter of MOPS -- Mothers of Preschoolers -- has a tented booth at the far end of the bathroom that is a changing station.

Say the MOPS, "We offer a clean place to change the little ones and also a nice clean comfortable place to breastfeed.

"Stop by and get info about joining our MOPS family with your little one or just stop in, say 'Hi!' and use our facility.

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