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3 new GB groups open

4 Nov 2019

The new school year saw the opening of 3 new GB groups in the Northumberland & Durham, Merseyside and Stour Valley Districts. All 3 groups have already had a great response and are enjoying welcoming girls through their doors every week.

Team Leader Sam Cree shares the journey of the opening of 1st Ryton.

 

 

She says ‘On Sunday 8 September we began our journey with a celebration in morning worship. The new volunteers were commissioned and the new group dedicated and prayed for. Our group launched the following evening on Monday 9 September. We were thrilled to have 12 girls come along to the first session.'

The new members have been working on the following programme topics - Our Group for n:vestigate (learning all about GB; the motto, badge and how they're part of a big GB family), and Friendship for n:gageBoth age groups finished with a 'bring a friend' night on the last evening of half-term, which brought the group's number of girls to 20.

Sam adds ‘The girls have really loved GB and it's been a real encouragement for us. One parent says that her daughters runs down the street to get to church for GB starting. The girls are excited to get their uniforms after half-term.

‘When I was working as Development Worker for GB on the UYSAF project, Ryton Methodist Church was one church I was talking to about starting Girls’ Brigade. It was something that the church was interested in, but there wasn’t the full support to make it happen. Once I finished that role, I started to work for Ryton Methodist Church as Youth and Families Worker. I always felt that God was with me and starting Girls’ Brigade was something that was right for that church. After 3 years in my role at the church, I was able to launch my GB group and it's been amazing. The group has been a success and is supported well by the families and church. It's evidence that God has His timing for everything! It also shows that work that was happening in GB during the time of the development workers is still having an impact. Seeds were sown and are now springing to life.'

 

 

Alison Perry, Team Leader at 1st Bromsgrove, also shared how the group has enjoyed celebrating its opening and having a group in Bromsgrove once more.

‘At 1st Bromsgrove we've had lots of fun over these past few weeks. After a spring and summer of meetings and training we opened on 16 September with the two younger age sections, and have between 15 and 19 girls each week, keeping our 5 leaders and a helper very busy!

'Our commissioning and enrolment night was on 3 November, which was joint with 2nd Bromsgrove Boys' Brigade - the leaders of which have been a huge help and encouragement to all of us. For 2 of us it’s been an emotional journey, as we were members of the "old" 1st Bromsgrove in the 80s and 90s and have been revisiting old memories along the way.

'Our n:vestigate section has been working towards their Our Friends badge, and had huge fun covering the floor with beads making their friendship bracelets. The n:gage section has been looking at Co-operation and learning to work together as they get to know one another.

‘We've also had a couple of different weeks: one focussing on Harvest celebrations, where the girls tasted new foods and made fruit kebabs; and on our last week before half term we explored a hidden corner near the church to have a torch-lit adventure.

‘We're all very excited to have Girls’ Brigade back in Bromsgrove after so many years, and look forward to helping girls learn to Seek, Serve and Follow Christ in our community.

28th Liverpool has also had their first half-term as a GB group runnning the n:vestigate age section.

 

 

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