October 22, 2015

Young Moms Find Connections at Cornerstone

In her book, Flight Behavior, author Barbara Kingsolver writes, “…being a stay-at-home mom was the loneliest kind of lonely, she [is] always and never by herself.” Ask any mom if she can relate to that statement, and you’ll most likely hear stories about days spent conversing with only toddlers and the difficulty of cultivating adult friendships once children enter the picture.

Before you become a mom, you hear about the joy and fulfillment it will bring to your life, but you aren’t often warned about the loneliness and the struggles that raising small children can bring.

At Cornerstone Community Church, we recognize the need to support moms by providing them with a way to connect with one another, experience some down time, and receive support. One of the ways we do this is through our mom2mom program, which has been going strong since its launch in 2010. Moms from around the Temecula Valley gather on our campus twice a month, from September through May, for meetings that include a breakfast, a special speaker or activity, and a small group discussion. The group also organizes regular playdates for moms and their children, as well as Moms’ Night Out activities and outings.

Stephanie Richards is one of the more than 60 mothers that attends mom2mom. She joined the group when she moved to the area from Torrance four and a half years ago. “I had a four-year-old son at the time and needed a place to go to be with other moms,” said Stephanie. She had very little experience with church when she started attending, but found mom2mom to be a place where she was welcomed from the moment she walked in the door for the first time. “I now have some awesome moms I can be real and transparent with,” continued Stephanie. “mom2mom is a place where you feel welcomed and loved no matter what is going on in your life.”

Bridget LaPointe, who is the Women’s Ministry Director at Cornerstone Community Church and oversees the mom2mom program, says of the program, “mom2mom is a place where moms with young children can meet other moms who are at the same stage in life, and be encouraged and supported as they go through tough times. I’ve seen so many women come into mom2mom meetings looking tired, defeated and alone, but they leave with a smile and a heart that’s been filled with encouraging words from our speakers and other moms.”

Stephanie says she would encourage any mom to give the mom2mom program a try. “You have nothing to lose, but you will gain new friends and feel welcomed as soon as you come into the door.”

On November 5th, 2015, Cornerstone’s mom2mom group is opening up their meeting to mothers throughout the community. The meeting will feature speaker and author Stephanie Becerra, who will talk about finding your identity and discovering who you were created to be. It will be held from 9:30-11:30 AM in Cornerstone’s Small Church building. The cost to attend is $6 per person, which includes a hot breakfast. Childcare is available for a fee of $5 for the first child, $4 for the second child, and $3 for the third. For more information, or to RSVP for the event, send an email to m2m@go2cornerstone.com.

For other upcoming women’s events at Cornerstone, visit our Calendar page at http://go2cornerstone.wpengine.com/calendar/. For Cornerstone’s weekend service times, location and campus map, visit our Plan a Visit page.

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