Australasian MOPS Conference

You might have noticed I’ve been offline more than usual lately, because I’ve been super busy with the 2010/2011 Australasian MOPS Conference!  (Mothers Of Pre Schoolers)  I have been involved with Queensland Conferences for the last few years, but this is the first national one to be held since I became a mum in 2006.  Five mums from my group flew down to Sydney together for the weekend – without kids!  Here are my highlights from the Conference:

Colin Buchanan:

Playschool presenter, Christian children’s entertainer and Australian country singer Colin Buchanan came to perform for us on the Friday night.  Not only did he play all our kids’ favourites, but he also played Be My Friend: The Facebook Song (for me!!) and wrote a gorgeous song about Aussie Mums.

Keynote Speakers from MOPS International:

We were delighted to host two special guest who flew over from the US for our Conference.  Liz Selzer is a highly sought after speaker, and so vibrant on stage!  Pictured above is the current President of MOPS International: Shelly Radic.  I met Shelly a couple of years ago (when I was hugely pregnant!!) and it was wonderful to catch up with her again.

Workshops:

At all MOPS Conferences there are great elective workshops on offer.  As Coordinator of my local MOPS group I attended a workshop with Shelly Radic and met up with Coordinators from all over Australia, New Zealand and even Papua New Guinea.  I also had the opportunity to run an elective myself, and enjoyed sharing my knowledge of social media with other mums in leadership.

Worship:

I was kinda busy during the weekend because it was my privilege to lead the Worship team.  What a buzz it was singing with 200 mums from around Australia!  A friend-and-fellow-MOPS-leader and I also co-wrote the theme song together for the Conference.  I was truly humbled to hear our song being used to worship God.

It was such an exciting weekend, and reminded me of why I am a MOPS Leader: because better mums make a better world.

Even there his hand will hold you; His right hand will hold you fast.

(Psalm 139:10)

7 thoughts on “Australasian MOPS Conference

  1. Have I said how much you are looking like you mother? Well, you are looking more and more like her each day. Congrats on the MOPS conference. You’re becoming quite the celebrity now. I was lucky enough to hear Col Buchanan once in concert. He’s wonderful.

  2. I have only been following ‘Squigglemum’ since conference but I love your outlook on life, faith, mothering…..
    Your song “Even there” is so beautiful and on several occasions during the last week when I have faced a ‘hurdle’ or difficult situation of some kind I have heard the words “Even there” repeating in my mind and known that God was absolutely with me 100%. This might seem over the top but I would love to be able to download a podcast of your song.
    Thanks

  3. Great post Cath, I enjoyed meeting you at conference! At the Field Leaders Training after conference, I heard a couple of people say “I know *.* coz Cath said in her elective”. Well done :) Bec

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