Girls Brigade

Ballinamallard Methodist Girls’ Brigade  are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year and we currently have a total of 68 enrolled members.  There are 11 regular leaders under the overall guidance of our Chaplain Rev. John Beacom who, along with Youth Minister Sarah Vaughan, delivers the scripture course to the company sections.  Weekly meetings are held on Thursday evenings in the church hall, from September through to our annual display at which badges, certificates and prizes are awarded to the girls for their efforts throughout the G.B. year.  The Explorers section, aged 3-7 years, meet from 6.30 - 7.30pm.  The Company Section meets 6.30 - 8.15pm and is divided into Juniors 8-10 years, Seniors 11-14 years and Brigaders 14+ years.

Girls are involved in badge work throughout the year which includes the scripture course, physical, educational and service elements.  So far this year we have held our annual sponsored walk raising £1000 for the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and visited St. Angelo Airport (where one helicopter will be based).  The Explorer section entered two teams in the district games competition with Team A winning and now progressing to the N.I final.  A team of Seniors also entered the district 5-a-side football competition at the Bawnacre centre.  We held our Enrolment Service in October followed by a very successful soup lunch to celebrate our special birthday at which the Junior section had their new 50th banner on display. At weekly meetings we have been busy baking, doing craftwork, playing games, colouring in, as well as holding a company section beetle drive and even a newspaper fashion show judged by our Chaplain!  

In 2017 we have planned a community celebration Stew and Social Night for our 50th birthday.  On company nights we will have canvas bag art entries to be completed by Juniors for judging in HQ, Seniors/Brigaders will be finishing their 50th banner, as well as completing the scripture exam and all sections will be preparing for our annual displays.  An explorer trip is yet to be finalised with the annual G.B. camp to Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea in June.

We are always on the look-out for new volunteers and if there is a particular task you could help with or a talent/interest you would like to share with the girls then please don’t hesitate to speak to Rev. Beacom or one of the G.B. officers.  Any help is always appreciated and there are many opportunities to do so on a shorter or longer term, it’s not just confined to weekly leadership! 

Vision: Girls' Brigade Northern Ireland will be recognised as a dynamic, relevant, Christ-centred organisation effectively reaching out to all girls to value, nurture and equip them for life.

GB Aim: To help girls to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and through self-control, reverence and a sense of responsibility, to find true enrichment of life.

Our Motto: "Seek, Serve and Follow Christ " To find out more about Girls’ Brigade check out the GBNI website at www.gbni.co.uk

 

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