What is Girls Brigade? Girls' Brigade is a Christian, international,
interdenominational organisation working alongside girls and young women
in many countries.
Since our foundation in 1893, Girls' Brigade has
become well known as a fun, interesting, challenging and relevant
provider of activities, skills, care and Christian love for hundreds of
thousands of young people.
Our programme features a variety of fun activities
designed to educate, inspire and develop. It is run by trained Girls’
Brigade leaders with help from volunteer assistants.
We enjoy crafts, outdoor and indoor games and activities, camps,
and lots more!
The Programme The Girls’ Brigade motto is “Seek, Serve and Follow Christ”.
In the Junior level, the first word of the motto is learnt, “Seek”.
The Junior Brigades’ programme is arranged around a five-pointed star.
In the centre is God’s book (seeking to know Jesus better). The five points are:
Journey – Seek to know more about God’s world
Service – Seek to serve one’s neighbour
Treasure – Seek to enjoy God’s gifts to us
Activity – Seek to enjoy physical activities
Responsibility – Seek to grow more responsible
In the Senior level the emphasis is on “service”. The aim is to widen girls’ knowledge
and experiences in the whole of life, with service and loyalty to one another, to the church and most of
all to God.
At Pioneer level, the emphasis is on “follow”, and developing
their fourfold responsibility to their home, church, community and world.
Badges and Awards
Upon joining, girls are awarded a membership badge. A work badge is awarded upon completion of a year’s
programme: stars for juniors, circles for seniors and triangles at pioneer level. A blue level bar is
given for attendance, and if regularly attending a Christian education e.g. Sunday school or junior church,
also a gold bar yearly. Pioneers can earn a Brigader Brooch (the highest national award) and the Queens
Award (the highest international award, requiring a special two-year programme).
Our Meeting Times We meet at the Windsor Community Church halls (19 Windsor Street, Invercargill)
on a Monday during school terms:
3.30pm–5.00pm Juniors (5-8 years, year 1-4)
6.30pm–8.00pm Seniors (9-12 years, year 5-8)
6.30pm–8.00pm Pioneers (13-18 years, year 9+)
Newcomers are welcome at all levels, throughout the year.
We have a
facebook page! Fees The fees for 2014 are $85 per annum per girl. This can be paid in installments
per term (1 of $25 and 3 of $20). From each fee $50 goes to our national movement. We also undertake
fundraising, to help meet the costs of our programme. We wear a uniform, and supply girls with a zipped
jersey to use during their time in Girls’ Brigade
Contacts Cindy Hayes (Captain) 2217017
Julie Erskine (Junior Leader) 2141618