Girls' Brigade Worldwide News

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.

Celebrating International Day of the Girl 2020

Published on November 30, 2020

On 10th October this year, GB members around the world celebrated International Day of the Girl.

Ruth Utulu, a GB member from Ebonyi State in Nigeria, was involved with a collaboration between Girls’ Brigade, the Ebonyi State Vocational College and one.org.

Over 150 people were in attendance including Government officials, Girls’ Brigade mentors and girls, graduating students of the Give a Girl a Hope Project, One.org members, female students and staff of Urban Secondary School Abakaliki, Bishop Otubelu Convent school, Girls Model School Ugwachara, and Presco Secondary School and volunteers.

To mark the event, two key activities were scheduled.

First was a celebration of the young women who had completed three months of training on fashion design and entrepreneurship through GB’s Give A Girl A Hope Project. State Honourable Commissioner for Education, Dr. Onyebuchi Chima, did the honour of presenting the graduating students their certificates. Through this GB initiative, young women have been equipped with key economic skills which enables them to build a sustainable future for themselves and their families.

The graduation as followed by a panel discussion to educate young girls and women on the issues surrounding rape and gender based violence. This topic was chosen because of the increase in the reported cases of rape and gender-based violence across the State since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Organiser Ruth shared: ‘It is paramount to arm the young women with valuable information on signs to watch out for, who to speak to, how to go about reporting such cases,  laws protecting them, actions to take when experiencing abuse, when to visit the hospital and why it’s important and information about organisations that offer counselling and legal support for victims, amongst other issues.’

The event was a fantastic way to showcase the impact of Girls’ Brigade to Government officials and other people of influence. It was also an opportunity to educate girls and young women about gender based violence. It was wonderful to have girls and women indicate interest in becoming members of Girls’ Brigade.

The celebrations continued on Sunday 11th October at the Ebonyi State Radio Broadcasting Service and on Monday 12th October at the T.V Station. These media appearances were an opportunity to share what Girls’ Brigade does to amplify girls’ voices and transform lives as well as advocate for the Girl Child.

GB International is thrilled to see GB members using International Day of the Girl to celebrate the power and potential of girls, raise awareness about issues of gender injustice and showcase the fantastic ministry of GB.

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LEAD//FOLLOW online equipping webinar for leaders – Growing GB in a COVID-19 world

Published on November 11, 2020

It is true to say that 2020 has been a year like no other. Join with the founder of The Rooftop International and friend of GB, Rev Den Pethers to explore the missional opportunities for Girls’ Brigade in this season of challenge. The webinar will discuss how God can use GB to grow faith in children and young people as well as grow our engagement with churches and the wider community in these challenging times. Join this webinar and be encouraged that God’s international mission of Girls’ Brigade is still for such a time as this.

Saturday 5 December 2020, 0700-0830 & 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 December at Midday UK time.

The webinar will be led by Rev Den Pethers, Founder and International Pioneer of ‘The Rooftop‘.

Dennis grew up in the East End of London in the UK and for the early part of his life knew nothing of church, Jesus or the Christian faith. He discovered the truth about Jesus while reading ‘Mere Christianity’ sitting on a train outside of London Liverpool Street railway station. Since coming to faith in Jesus, Dennis has always had a passion to see a global movement of evangelism. 

Dennis is now the International Pioneer of ‘The Rooftop’ a global movement that is helping churches across the world to ‘Join Jesus in His mission’. They do this as they journey through a process that begins on a rooftop and then helps them to engage with, and make disciples of people who are beyond the walls of the church. 

Dennis spends much of his time travelling across the world speaking at conferences and events as well as equipping Christians and churches to communicate the message of Jesus in ways that makes sense to people who ‘don’t know that they don’t know Jesus’. Dennis is a great friend of Girls’ Brigade; he has been national chaplain of GB England & Wales and also spoke at the International Conference of GB in 2018 in Zambia. In addition to his speaking and equipping ministry Dennis is the author of several evangelistic resources and books.

Dennis is married to Lynn and they have three grown up children – Gregg, Scott and Amy. He is a passionate fan of Everton FC and loves to play tennis.

LEAD//FOLLOW is a series of 10 monthly 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.

Here’s some excellent feedback from our previous webinars:

Please note that space on each webinar is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 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 us if you have any problems.

Look out for more details about future online equipping webinars for leaders.

LEAD//FOLLOW online equipping webinar for leaders – Pastoral Care: how to navigate and manage loss

Published on October 3, 2020

Join with two pastoral care leaders from the Caribbean-Americas & Pacific Fellowships to explore what effective pastoral care is and why it is important and Biblical. The webinar will discuss how we can provide pastoral care to children and young people who have experienced loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 31 October 2020, 0700-0830 & 1300-1430 (GMT, UK time)

Please check the time in your own country here.

You can book online here.

Booking will close on Wednesday 28 October at 1200 (GMT).

Cheryl Clen from Australia (0700-0830)

Cheryl delights in exploring creative ways to go deeper into understanding the precious gift of a personal relationship with God. With a pastoral and educational background, she will be sharing with us from her experience and knowledge, practical ways to provide pastoral care, especially in times of people experiencing loss. As chaplain of her local company for over 15 years and currently the National Chaplain for GB Australia, Cheryl has been a part of GB since her own early days as a cadet and journeyed with many to see God’s transforming process in action.

Sharing her home with her much loved 15 year old, mischievous, Labradoodle dog, Cheryl is based in Sydney Australia.

Rev Carlene Walford from Jamaica (1300-1430)

Carlene is an ordained minister in the United Church in Jamaica and Cayman Islands.  She pursued her theological training at the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI).  She graduated with a Diploma in Ministerial Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology (Hons).  Rev. Walford is actively involved at the Synodical Level in the Church as she represented the church in several initiatives such as The Caribbean Workers Overseas Programme (CWOP) – Canada , A New Face Programme (ANF) – New Zealand, The Ecumenical Relations Committee and others.

Her passion in ministry is Pastoral Care and Evangelism and this is so simply because of her love for people.  She believes part of her responsibility as a Pastor is to help persons live that abundant life Jesus came for all to have.  Rev. Walford is married with two daughters.

What is the LEAD//FOLLOW webinar series?

LEAD//FOLLOW is a series of 10 monthly 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.

Here’s some excellent feedback from our previous webinars:

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 home@gbworldwide.org if you have any problems.

Look out for more details about future online equipping webinars for leaders.

LEAD//FOLLOW online equipping webinar for leaders – Nurturing positive mental health and well-being in children and young people

Published on September 10, 2020

GB International is pleased to launch the second LEAD//FOLLOW equipping webinar for all GB leaders.

Booking is now open here.

Nurturing positive mental health and well-being in children and young people.

Join with two mental health professionals and GB leaders to explore what mental health is and why nurturing positive mental well-being is important and Biblical. The webinar will explore the contributing factors towards poor mental health as well as the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of young people. Together you will learn how we can ensure that GB continues to be a hope-filled and safe environment for young people to manage their emotions.

Saturday 3 October 2020 at 1200 – 1330 (UK time).

Note there is only one webinar session this month. Please check the time in your own country here.

You can book online here.

Booking will close on Monday 28 September at Midday UK time.

The webinar will be facilitated by:

Jessie Emms

Jessie holds a first class Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (Mental Health) and is currently working as a mental health nurse within child and adolescent psychiatry. Passionate about raising hope amongst women, Jessie is a long standing member and proud leader in The Girls’ Brigade England & Wales and currently serves as an under 30’s representative on its Network Executive. In 2018 Jessie attended the International Conference of GB in Zambia where she used her skills and passion to deliver a TED style talk to over 350 people about the importance of mental health. Jessie was awarded first place in the GBI ‘Girls Living Life to the Full challenge’ and as a result is a member of GB’s Delegation of Hope who is representing GB at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in NYC.

Hannah Morpeth

Hannah is a qualified mental health nurse working in a therapy clinic for children, young people and families with a variety of psychiatric illnesses and she also works with young people with eating disorders. Hannah has delivered emotional wellbeing and mental health equipping sessions in different countries and cultural contexts including North Macedonia and Uganda. Hannah Morpeth has been a member of The Girls’ Brigade England and Wales for twenty years and is now a leader, working in the main with the 13-18 age group. Hannah serves as a representative of Girls’ Brigade England and Wales on the Girls’ Brigade Europe Executive Board. She is passionate about the benefits that being involved in arts activities can have on someone’s emotional wellbeing and is currently working freelance under Create Healthy Minds, a venture to bring together her passions of mental health and creativity.

LEAD//FOLLOW is a series of 10 monthly 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.

International President Mrs Priscilla Penny shares: ‘We’re delighted to be offering a series of high quality training and equipping sessions to our GB leaders around the world. In 2019, The International President’s Committee made leadership development and discipleship a pillar in its strategic plan 2019-2022 following feedback from ICGB 2018. We pray that these events empower our leaders in core skills and support them in their God-given calling to invest in girls and young women.’

The equipping webinars are not meant to replace any national training programmes but encourage a culture of continuous learning in GB. The webinars will acknowledge the difficult and challenging context that COVID-19 has created as well as explore the new mission opportunities available too.

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, 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 home@gbworldwide.org if you have any problems.

Look out for more details about future online equipping webinars for leaders.

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