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):
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President, Africa)

Marina Sylvester

(South Africa)

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Fellowship Conferences are held every two years with the next one due to be held in 2012, in Tanzania.

In April, 2009, the first Fellowship Girls camp was held in Livingstone, Zambia.  It is hoped that these will also be held every two years and the girls chose South Africa as their venue for the 2nd Fellowship camp.

Annual camps, fun-days, hiking, canoeing and workshops are happening all the time in every country.  Get in touch with a GB contact in your country or nearest country if there is no GB in your own country.

  • Leadership Training: The fellowship is developing a training manual to help countries within the fellowship during training of officers and for those who want to start Girls Brigade.

  • Extension: The fellowship is currently working on outreach and extension work for those countries that had brigade but have gone into recess for one reason or another, countries that are not active at fellowship level and Countries with no Girls Brigade at all.  If you fall in any one of these categories, please get in touch with the Africa Fellowship or a country near you.

The Girls Brigade is divided in four age groups ,  Explorers  -  5  to 8 years,  Juniors  -  9  to 11 years,  Seniors  -  12 to 14 years and  Brigaders  -  15 to 18 years.  At 18 years and above the girls are prepared for leadership in Brigade.  Most of the girls at this age and there-after become young leaders and go through training.  At 21, the girls go through Basic Officers’ Training course and if they qualify, they become Lieutenants.

The Girls Brigade’s programme are enshrined in a four – Square Programme :

  1. SPIRITUAL: This seeks to teach the girls the word of God from the Bible and lead them to Christ.  Each year, each member country decides on a spiritual subject for their girls to do and will set a test at the  end of the year where the girls get an award for successfully completing the spiritual syllabus.

  2. EDUCATION: The girls are taught life skills such as sewing, knitting,  cookery and health issues. This seeks to empower the girls child to be an innovative and resourceful woman.

  3. SERVICE: This seeks to instill a sense of responsibility for those less priviledged. Girls are encouraged to give in cash and kind to the under-priviledged in their communities.  Visits are arranged to children’s homes, old people’s homes to help the girls understand.  Offering help to the hospitals and cleaning the streets are part of the activities organised to bring awareness to the girls.
  4. PHYSICAL: Our bodies are the temple to God.  The girls are taught to keep themselves healthy by doing excercises.  Drill is taught to the girls to instill a sense of discipline.

At the end of the year the girls receive awards for the four subjects upon successful  completion  of the syllabi set for the year to wear on their ”Sashes”.
Member countries hold National camps for their girls annually.  Various activities including mountain hikes, walks, swimming, arts and crafts, concerts, early morning devotional sessions, various games are part of the camp programmes.  The camps are lots of fun and are very popular with the girls.  Each camp has a different theme as determined by their  National Councils.

Rallies and Parades are held throughout the year.
The 10th of June has been set aside as a GB international World Day of Prayer to mark the birthday of the modern Girls Brigade.  Rallies, camps, Parades and Special Church Services are held on the 10th of June or any day near that date  to mark the GB International Day of Prayer.