Girls' Brigade Worldwide News

LEAD//FOLLOW online equipping webinar for leaders – How to use social media effectively in GB.

Published on February 17, 2021

Join with Thio Lay Hoon, former executive director of GB Singapore, to explore how we can social media more effectively in Girls’ Brigade.

Saturday 10 April 2021, 0700-0830 & 1300-1430 (BST, UK time)

Please check the time in your own country here

(be aware we are now on BST not GMT)

You can book online here.

Booking will close on Wednesday 7 April at Midday UK time.

The webinar will be led Lay Hoon from GB Singapore.  

Lay Hoon started her career in publishing in the 1990s and went on to marketing communications in an IT company. She is currently in International Relations in an Institution of Higher Learning. Lay Hoon joined the Girls’ Brigade in 1976 and became an officer some 30 years ago and is currently serving as Secretary on the GB Singapore Executive Board. She was Executive Director in the GB Singapore Office from 2006 – 2010.

The webinar will explore the following questions:

  • What are the different forms of social media?
  • What are the positive uses of social media?
  • How can we use social media effectively in GB to communication and build community?
  • What are some of the pitfalls to be aware of?

LEAD//FOLLOW is a series of online equipping webinars for GB leaders and officers which will run from September 2020 to June 2021. Each webinar will be led by expert facilitators inside and outside the GB family and are free for GB leaders. The 90 min webinar will be held by Zoom and accessible to GB leaders to join live online.

Please note that spaces on each webinar is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served space. Please only book if you’re able to attend.

If you’re a registered GB leader/officer, you can book online for this webinar here.

On the day, please ensure that you’re logged into the Zoom call ready for the meeting to begin about 5-10 minutes before. Zoom is a really easy piece of software to use. Here is how you can download the software to your computer in advance. It’s best to use it with a laptop with a webcam. We’d love to ‘see’ you!

Please contact girlsbrigadeworldwide@gmail.com if you have any problems.

She Speaks – Young Women on Faith, Justice and Transformational Acts

Published on February 17, 2021

Thursday 18 March, 1300-1430 GMT

On the NGO CSW65 virtual platform

(you must register here if you’re planning to attend).

Using spoken word, drama and presentations, young women from Australia, Nigeria, UK and Zambia will share how they are overcoming injustices by advocating to shatter mental health stigma, improve girls’ access to education, end gender-based violence and eradicate gender-specific persecution. Through mentoring and equipping facilitated by Girls’ Brigade, these women are making transformational change locally and globally demonstrating how engaging young women of faith is critical in ensuring the successful implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and gender justice. Join us for an exciting and dynamic conversation!

The team will also be joined by Nelly Banda (Zambia) who is an accountant and she is a trained mentor for adolescent girls and an advocate for girls and women through Girls’ Brigade. Nelly is to ending violence committed against women.

Nelly Banda

The session will close with a panel discussion at the end on why engaging with faith-based organisation on the issue of gender justice is important. Contributors include:

Please support the team with your prayers and by registering to join the session live: https://forms.gle/DFBwyq1u1kcvRMv1A

BE A GB ADVOCATE AT NGO CSW65

Published on February 17, 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be register as a GB Advocate and participate in the virtual NGO CSW65 parallel event programme from Monday 15 – 26 March 2021.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the largest global gathering of gender justice activists in the world with two virtual programmes operating simultaneously. This year, NGO CSW is hosting over 650 events online – these workshops and sessions are hosted by NGOs and organisations across the world – including GB International. The sessions are running at all times of the day and night so there will be slots to suit everyone. You don’t need to attend every session – just pick and choose.

REGISTRATION IS IMPORTANT

In order to attend any of these FREE events (including GB’s session), you must register FREE on the NGO CSW platform. Registering with GB first enables us to see who is attending and support you. We’ll forward you the link.

ATTENDING GB’S SESSION

Please note: NGO CSW have told us that you must register even if you’re only planning to attend the GBI’s session on Thursday 18 March at 1300-1430 GMT. Our session is called ‘She Speaks: Young Women on Faith, Social Justice and Transformational Acts’ and will be led by our Delegation of Hope 18-30s team. The team are exploring four key issues facing girls and young women including girls’ access to education, gender-based violence, mental health and gender specific persecution. These are issues which they are passionate about and they’re also doing it in creative ways including drama, videos and spoken word pieces. There will be a panel discussion on why it is important to engage with faith based actors on the issue of gender justice at the end with Chine McDonald from Christian Aid, Christine MacMillan from WEA and hopefully Bishop Sarah Mullaly from the Anglican Communion. Please do support the team with your prayers and attendance.  Registering will be the only way to access this session as there will be no independent zoom link available.

FREE BRIEFING SESSION

We realise that many people do not know what CSW is, how it works and why it is important for GB to be participating in it! That’s why GB International is hosting a short briefing on Saturday 27 February at 1300-1430 GMT. This will be led by Dr Claire Rush, IVP Europe and Team Leader of the Delegation of Hope. She will share some more info about CSW and how you can get the most out of the experience. There will be a Q&A time as well. A recording may be available depending on technology!

Please register here.

Any questions? Email girlsbrigadeworldwide@gmail.com

https://forms.gle/4MM8FatKMApFchw59

Gender and Congregational Life Survey

Published on February 10, 2021

Do you have a spare 10-15 mins? Then take part in this new global survey exploring where are the women in world Christianity and what are their contributions to congregational life.  

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological College is currently engaged in a two-year research project on Women in World Christianity. 

· What percentage of world Christianity is female? 

· What is the gender makeup of the world’s largest Christian traditions? 

· Are there continental and regional variations related to gender in Christianity? 

· Do different Christian traditions treat women differently? 

This ground breaking research exists to fill a gap: there actually exists very little quantitative data on women in Christianity—the world’s largest religion. Furthermore, little is known about women’s roles in the church, particularly regarding leadership. 

You can find more information here

And women and men can participate in the survey here

LEAD//FOLLOW online equipping webinar for leaders – Working with children and young people with additional needs.

Published on January 13, 2021

Join with Mark Arnold, an additional needs specialist, to explore how we can support children and young people with additional needs. Together you will learn how we can ensure that GB continues to be a hope-filled and safe environment for young people to navigate this challenging time.

Saturday 6 February 2021, 1300-1430 (GMT, UK time)

Please check the time in your own country here

(be aware we are now on GMT not BST)

You can book online here

Booking will close on Wednesday 2 February at Midday UK time.

The webinar will be led Mark Arnold:

Mark Arnold is the Additional Needs Ministry Director at leading national Christian children’s and youth organisation Urban Saints and is Co-Founder of the Additional Needs Alliance, a vibrant and fast-growing online community.  He is an enthusiastic national and international advocate for children and young people with additional (special) needs or disabilities and is passionate about enabling everyone engaging with them to be inspired, trained and well resourced.  Mark is Executive Officer for Churches for All and is a Living Fully Network partner, a member of the Council for Disabled Children and the European Disability Network, and writes a monthly additional needs column for Premier Youth and Children’s Work (YCW) magazine.  He blogs as the national award winning ‘The Additional Needs Blogfather’, and is father to James who is Autistic and has associated Learning Difficulties and Epilepsy.


To find out more about how Mark and his work can help you, contact him at:
marnold@urbansaints.org or @Mark_J_Arnold

LEAD//FOLLOW is a series of online equipping webinars for GB leaders and officers which will run from September 2020 to June 2021. Each webinar will be led by expert facilitators inside and outside the GB family and are free for GB leaders. The 90 min webinar will be held by Zoom and accessible to GB leaders to join live online.

Please note that spaces on each webinar is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served space. Please only book if you’re able to attend.

If you’re a registered GB leader/officer, you can book online for this webinar here.

On the day, please ensure that you’re logged into the Zoom call ready for the meeting to begin about 5-10 minutes before. Zoom is a really easy piece of software to use. Here is how you can download the software to your computer in advance. It’s best to use it with a laptop with a webcam. We’d love to ‘see’ you!

Please contact Girls Brigade International if you have any problems.

Please note that we realise that the date and time may not be convenient for some Fellowships and we will be releasing the recording in due course.

Remaining Faithful in Challenging Times

Published on January 6, 2021

Start the year with your GB International family.

Join us for a shared time of prayer and exhortation to launch our theme for 2021.

30 January 2021

7am to 8.30am GMT or 1pm to 2.30pm GMT

Open to all GB members worldwide.

Come in your GB T-Shirts!

Sign up here : https://forms.gle/hWqMbYmQ2PFKy3n37

Registration closes 27 January 2021

Noel!

Published on December 21, 2020

It is that time of the year again. Christmas for many of us each year has become a long ’to do list’ and can leave us exhausted and wishing for 26th December! Whilst in many ways it feels the same this year, at the same time it is different due to Covid19 and lockdowns have made us slow down as we have had to stay at home. We however, in all of this, continue to tell the amazing story that took place more than 2000 years ago, against a backdrop of human misery and human atrocities. The Christmas story is timeless and is one of Hope.

Our lives have been shaken and each one of us has lost something. Most of all within The Girls’ Brigade around the world, we have lost the opportunity to get together face to face, which gave us fellowship and encouragement. At Christmas as we look back, we can see just how our routines have been disrupted and for some of us we have had to develop new ways of living each day. But God being God, has been with us every step of the way as we seek to Seek, Serve and Follow Him. He has given us a time to slow down and reflect, and the space to just listen to His voice in our lives. 

Because of technology, we have been able to stay connected. We have found out that ‘the new norm’ is not so bad all the time after all. Within Girls’ Brigade we have been forced to do things differently and be innovative. For example, offering monthly equipping webinars which have for the first time brought together GB leaders from around the world. I am amazed and humbled how at all levels we have kept GB alive, relevant and exciting – even in the Pandemic.

The Divine Hope that has kept us all going, all started in the manger, with the Birth of Emmanuel, The Prince of Peace, Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father. (Isaiah 9:6.)

As we celebrate Christmas this year, let us be thankful to God for giving us His Son to light up our hearts and give us Hope.

Let me close off by sharing a common verse, Thessalonians 5:16 – 18: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without Ceasing.  In Everything Give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus “.

On behalf of my husband Claudio and myself, and on behalf of the International President’s Committee’s Team – that represents our Fellowships from around the world – we pray that wherever you are, your homes be filled with joy, your hearts be filled with laughter and that may you find many reasons to be thankful this Christmas.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Peace, Love and Joy… and stay safe.

Priscilla P.

International President.

LEAD//FOLLOW webinar recordings

Published on December 14, 2020

GB International wants to continue to support and equip you. That’s why we launched our LEAD//FOLLOW webinar series.

Did you miss one of the webinars? Did you attend but would like to recap?

So far there have been four different webinars this year to help equip and support leaders as they invest in girls and young women in a COVID-19 world.

We have all our fantastic webinar recordings and materials waiting for you to download and listen at your own pace. And they’re FREE.

By signing up, you have free access to the following webinars and accompanying resources:

  • Rhythms of Grace: Soul Care in Leadership led by Dr Claire Rush, GB’s International Vice-President
  • Nurturing positive mental wellbeing in children and young women led by Jessie Emms and Hannah Morpeth, mental health professionals
  • Pastoral Care and managing loss by Rev Cheryl Clen from Australia and Rev Carlene Walford from Jamaica
  • Growing GB in a COVID-19 world by Rev Den Pethers, International Pioneer of The Rooftop International.
  • Plus you will receive a bonus webinar on Planning in the Middle of a Crisis by Simon Barrington, CEO of Forge Leadership.

Before Christmas, you will receive a link to an online folder which enables you to download all the material. We kindly ask that you don’t share this link with people who are not GB members.

If you’re a GB member, just register your interest here.

An advent message from GB’s International President

Published on December 14, 2020

To my GB family all around the world,

Season’s Greetings

Where has the time gone, we are already in Advent 2020!

This year has been a very unusual one and I know that many of the Girls’ Brigade activities everyone had planned have had to be cancelled, postponed, or done in a socially distanced way where possible. Thank you! Even though things have been very different I know that all our volunteers/Officers have been doing what they can to stay in touch with the young people and families we work with.

As we concentrate on the advent period and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let’s make sure we remember the true meaning of Christmas. Our advent preparations may be different to usual this year if we are unable to attend church and Christmas preparations and parties might be restricted so let’s use this as an opportunity to slow down and really focus on the reason we celebrate Christmas.

Isaiah 9:2-7, gives us the Promise of Hope, “…His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.” (MSG)

This year has given us lots of challenges, but God is always there to help us through and give us hope. He can help us in any situation, gives us hope to overcome any challenges that might come our way and gives us hope that we will have the power to use the God given gifts that we have been given.

In Jesus’ name, we have Hope for eternity. Romans 15:13 “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (NIV)

So even after this very unusual year, let’s not forget the real reason we celebrate Christmas… JESUS.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

PEACE, LOVE AND JOY

Jingle & Mingle

Published on December 9, 2020

Come and join with your GB global family to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This is an opportunity to worship and have fellowship together as well as pray with your GB sisters across the world in small groups!   

When? Saturday 19 December, 07:00 or 13:00 (GMT, UK time)

Please check the time in your own country here.

Sign up using our online booking form here.

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