77th Newtownards Girls Brigade Company meets in Strean Church Halls on a Monday evening during term-time. We have now finished until September 2018.
The Girls Brigade is a Christian youth organisation for girls of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. A varied programme of fun activities is offered, designed to educate, challenge and inspire young girls in a safe environment of Christian teaching. The programme is split into 4 main areas: Spiritual; Physical; Educational and Service.
We have 76 girls and 16 leaders enrolled in the Company.
Annual Report March 2016
G.B. meets every Monday night from September to April for Fellowship, Fun and Activity. We offer a programme of fun activities for girls, designed to educate, challenge and inspire along with Christian teaching that is relevant & meaningful to girls today. Currently we are all looking forward to our annual display which is on Friday 15th April 2016.
Some of our normal activities on a Monday evening involve: arts & crafts, cooking, team games, competitions, drama, unihoc, duster hockey, netball, volleyball, keep fit, dancing, making friends – and lots more!
Highlights during 2015 included:
- Congratulations to Karen Fegan who received her 20 year Officer Brooch, Dawne Wilson who received her 5 year Officer Brooch & Louise Wilson who received her Brigader Brooch.
- Zumba Fitness for the Company Section girls with a professional instructor for 3 weeks.
- An outing to Wacky Whizz-Ards for our Under 5’s & Explorer sections.
- A ‘Bag Pack’ at ASDA’S in the Ards Shopping centre raising funds for our Company activities.
- The Ards District Explorer Fun Day. The theme this year was ‘Princess Party’.
- Entry to the Ards District ‘Duster Hockey’ Competition and our Junior Section won the District final!
- A visit to our Explorer & Junior sections from a member of the RNLI education team. This was a fun and interactive talk about beach and water safety, the RNLI‘s lifeboat and lifeguard service.
- The Ards District volleyball competition at Ganaway outside Millisle (Brigader section).
- A trip out for our Brigaders by bus to Belfast Continental Market & McDonalds for supper.
- The Ards District Unihoc competition at 1st Ards (Senior section).
- Christmas party in our own hall for the Under 5’s & Explorers (including a visit from Santa!)
- ‘Aunt Sandra’s Chocolate Christmas Roadshow’. Aunt Sandra’s custom decked out camper van rolled into Strean car park, bringing our Company section chocolate, training and prizes!
All of our girls take part in the GBHQ scripture course. This session the Seniors & Brigaders are looking at the Big Story of the Bible – What’s the story all about? Where can we find our place in it? Our prayer is that they won’t just get to know the Bible more, but ultimately God Himself!
The Juniors & Explorers are looking at the different kings in the Old Testament – Where they wise, foolish, obedient or unkind? Where they ‘good, bad or the One… or is the greatest King still to come?’
The Under 5’s are focusing on ‘The Parables of Jesus’ – this course will be interactive & dynamic & we pray that each girl will leave each week knowing more about Jesus and how much He loves them.
Thanks to Janette Scott and Kirsty Patton who give their time each week to teach our girls in the Company section.