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Ministry supporting teen moms marks 7 years in Cumming
creekside umc

SOUTH FORSYTH -- More than 100 young mothers and their children have benefitted from a ministry that recently celebrated its seventh year in the community.

Creekside United Methodist Church runs a program called Teen MOPS, which stands for “mothers of preschoolers,” as an effort to provide a “loving, non-judgmental, supportive environment while nurturing young moms in their relationship with Christ and helping them build self-confidence in their roles as women and as mothers.”

“Over the last seven years, this ministry has made positive and lasting impacts in the lives of young moms and their families in this community,” said Christy Lezniak, co-leader of the group. “We want to make sure that any girl in the area that needs support is aware of this program.”

The group meets every Wednesday from 5:30-8 p.m. at the church, where teen moms and adult mentors fellowship together over dinner, devotions and activities.

Meals and childcare are provided at no cost, and any mom or expecting mom 21 years old or younger is invited.

Teen MOPS has a closed Facebook page where moms can support each other between meetings and stay in touch with moms who have graduated from the program.

Women in the group can earn points they use to “shop” for clothing, diapers and household items they need for their children.

Community groups throughout the church donate baby and children’s clothes and necessities to stock to shopping program.

“The Teen MOPS ministry is one of the best expressions of ministry that we have at Creekside,” said Jordan Thrasher, an associate pastor at Creekside. “We seek to be the body of Christ in the world and follow his commandment to love God’s children. Through Teen MOPS, we are able to live into that calling in tangible way with these young mothers and their families.”