September isn’t just a time for the kids to go back to school. It’s a also a great time for moms to start anew with playgroups, mom’s groups, and other activities. Many people think that chambanamoms.com is a mom’s group. While we hope to fill that void virtually, there are plenty of other existing mom’s groups that specialize in this arena — so here they are. If your group isn’t listed, please add it below by leaving a comment with information. We’ve divided the groups between those that have no (obvious) religious affiliation and those that are church-based or meet in a church. (We plan to do a separate list for playgroups – email email@example.com to include yours.)
The local chapter of this international group has moms-only meetings once a month and sponsors family-friendly playgroups and activities throughout the year. The cost of yearly membership is $45. According to its website, Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Atlanta Bread Company in Champaign.
This group, open to mothers of multiples, has periodic dinner meetings and is also on Facebook. A great resource for you mommies of twins, triplets, and beyond! According to Facebook, this group meets on the third Monday of the month, at 7 pm at Panera (Mattis and Kirby) Champaign. Newbies welcome.
According to its website, this group has been around since 2007. It “does a variety of playdates that include private homes, parks, arts and crafts and holiday parties. All parents are welcome!” $5 fee to join.
MOPS, which stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, is the international organization that wrote the book on moms’ groups for mothers of young children; there are several chapters in the area. In Mahomet, MOPS meets twice a month at Grace Church in Mahomet. Check out its schedule of meeting topics and guest speakers for the year; kickoff is scheduled for Sept. 13. The Champaign-Urbana chapter meets two Mondays a month, September through May, at St. John Lutheran in Champaign. The St. Joseph chapter meets at the St. Joseph Church of Christ on alternating Thursdays during the school year, from 9 to 11 a.m.
TO4M was created to provide a safe place where moms can be supported and uplifted through study, prayer, and open discussion. Meets alternating Friday mornings at Champaign’s New Horizon United Methodist Church, starting Sept. 14. Childcare available.
Moms Meeting Moms (M3)
This group meets every other Wednesday throughout the school year at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Urbana (non-Catholics are more than welcome) and is free to join. Free childcare is also provided. Each meeting consists of breakfast, social time, and a scheduled topic of discussion. Moms of kids of all ages are invited to attend. Contact Rachael McMillan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested.
Mustard Seed Moms (Tolono)
Mustard Seed Moms is “a nondenominational group of moms who love their families and love serving the Lord. We meet to learn, encourage, and support one another in this journey called Motherhood.” Meets the first Monday of the month at the Tolono Township Hall at 7:30 p.m. There is also a Mom’s Night Out on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
This group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month (from September through May) at Crossroads Church, located at 1602 N 1125 E Road, right outside to the east of Monticello, Illinois. Meetings are in the morning; childcare is provided.
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