Our family moved to the Roseburg area 10 years ago. My husband had grown up here and so he had still had some friends living in the area from high school years.

I, on the other hand, had not and I only knew a couple of moms through my husband, and not super well. One of the first events I was invited to was MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at a local church. It was such a blessing to be able to connect with other ladies who were in a similar parenting stage as I was at that time.

As a mom, I feel one of the biggest needs is for connection - especially if we stay home with our children during the day.

When we connect we feel that we are not alone and have the opportunity to build relationships with others in a similar season of life.

For moms perhaps new to area that are looking for a place to connect, I have tried to put together a list of local groups and locations. I hope that there is something that may meet you and your children's needs.


Moms University is for all moms with any kids in child-rearing ages. Meet every fourth Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Green area. Nursing babies are welcome, but not older children. With a biblical foundation from Titus chapter 2, get encouraged to love your husband, your children and stand firmly on God's world without fear. Debbie has a heart to serve, therefore dinner is also part of the evening! For more info e-mail debra.rufener@gmail.com.

Moms Gathering meets monthly at Family Church campuses every first Wednesday of the month. The next event will be February 1 at Family Church Sutherlin Campus. Free childcare is provided for 0-5 years. Brunch is provided. Check here for info: https://www.facebook.com/fcwomensministry/

Moms Weekly Group meets at Family Church Sutherlin campus on Monday mornings. Childcare available for $3/family/session. For more info call Family Church 541-459-9803.

Also if your interested in learning more about the Family Church Women's Ministries, which includes seasonal gatherings also including free childcare, check out their website http://familychurchweb.com/ministries/adults/womens-ministry or https://www.facebook.com/fcwomensministry/.

FEATT family network helps families who have children with special needs and often has times for connecting. Family Fun days are planned at Roseburg YMCA Feb. 19, Mar 19, April 23, May 28. Space is limited so they encourage you to call or text 541-670-2750. http://www.featt.org/.  Check the FEATT Facebook page or e-mail Jill jill@featt.org.

Douglas County Homeschoolers is helping moms connect with local co-ops, field trips and other activities. Check out their website http://www.dchomeschoolcentral.com/. or Facebook page.

The second Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., is a private skate for all homeschool families at the Parkview Skating Rink located behind the YMCA off of Stewart Parkway.

Mom's Connection at Redeemer's Fellowship is aimed to connect, share, encourage, pray, and grow with others who are in the midst of caring for babies and young children. Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Free childcare is provided for children thru preschool age. For additional information, contact http://redeemers.org/forms/Moms-Connection. 

Roseburg YMCA Family Play Gym for ages 0-7 with parent participation is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free for members, but others can participate for a low fee. Contact the YMCA for more information on cost for non-members http://www.ymcaofdouglascounty.org. 

Library Storytime is held at the Douglas County Library. Check out http://www.dclibrary.us/ for times and locations and various activities offered.

Maybe you would like to learn a new skill or craft and connect? Knotty Lady Yarns is having a winter knit along, check their website for dates and times http://www.knottyladyyarns.com/

Do It Herself Workshops at Home Depot take place on the third Thursday of the month. http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/do-it-herself-workshop

Create and Sip Studio not only allows groups to book, but has a number of events open for everyone for a fun evening of crafting and connecting.

http://www.createandsipstudio.com/calendar-of-events

If you know of an opportunity, event or location for local moms to connect, please email barnold@nrtoday.com.

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