THE INTERNATIONAL GATHERING 2017

The Fellowship Leader's Conference 2017

05.08.2017 - 10:00 o'clock

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Mrs Priscilla Penny (Zimbabwe):
› Chair (International Vice
President, Africa)

Marina Sylvester

(South Africa)

> Fellowship Treasure.

GB International History



The Girls’ Brigade was formed in July 1965 by the coming together of the following three organizations.:-

The Girls’ Brigade (Ireland) was formed in Dublin in 1893 on twin pillars, Bible Class and Physical Training, and had as its aim “The extension of Christ’s Kingdom among girls”. Membership at the time of union was 8,000.

The Girls Guildry was a church-centered organisation, founded in Scotland in 1900, providing programmes for four age groups. Its varied activities were aimed at helping girls to become mature christian women. The movement was
inter-denominational and international , with a strong emphasis on service to others. Membership at the time of union was 35,000.

The Girls Life Brigade which was founded in England in 1902 by the National Sunday School Union(now known as the National Christian Educational Council)
was a church-based international movement, with a varied programme for four age groups. Its aim was “To help and encourage girls to become responsible, self reliant, useful Christian women”.

All these movements were designed to provide week-day activities for members of Sunday Schools and Churches and an opportunity to develop mind, body and spirit in preparation for a life of useful Christian service and witness.

In 1965, the three organisations began talks to join forces as they felt their aims were all focused on the Girl Child. The three organisations signed their amalgamation on 10th June, 1968, which day is recognised as the GB International World Day of Prayer. International membership at the time of union was 120,000.

In September, 1968 the inauguration of the International Council took place in London, followed by the first Brigade International Council meetings ( B.I.C ).

GB Fellowship History

The Fellowship was established as one of the five Girls’ Brigade International Fellowships at an annual General Meeting of the Brigade International Council held on 8 July, 1998 in Brisbane, Australia. At this meeting the Memorandum and Articles of Association were adopted and The first Fellowship Executive committee came into being.

In 1925 the first Company in Africa was registered in South Africa. Today, the Brigade is operating in over fifty countries and islands throughout the world. In Africa it is operating in 12 countries with a membership of almost 30 000. Programmes of work have to be modified and in some cases extensively amended to suit different environments. The supreme aim, adhered to throughout the whole movement, is to help girls to find true enrichment of life.