You might consider looking into some childcare. We have a Wed morning Bible study group and in the past have had a college student watch our kids for $10-15 a week. (We’re still looking for one this year - and we start in 2 weeks! :eek: ) That way, Moms really get to talk to each other and discuss the reading that we’ve done. We usually use a Bible study book of some sort - usually in the $10-15 range - and go through a chapter or so a week.
A group I was in the in the past had about an hour of adult time (with child care for little ones and other activities for older ones - lead by volunteers - this was an evening group) followed by about an hour of family time. There was always refreshments at family time, sometimes a craft (esp near a holiday), and a lot of kids running around.
I think not having child care can make it difficult to get any study or prayer time. Little ones need so much! Of course, both groups encourage Moms to keep babies with them - can’t be running off to nurse all the time!
As for refreshments, most people are used to the rotating refreshments idea - you bring one time, some one else the next. Keep it simple - no one needs to feel like they have to bake up a storm!
Ok, enough random thoughts - my house isn’t going to clean itself.