Girls' Brigade Projects:
Nexus

Nexus is being pioneered by GB England and Wales, for young women aged 18-30.

It is growing into a community for young women, a place where 18 – 30’s can engage with one another, enjoy friendship, discover more about God, encourage one another to grow, plan activities and events together and be a God-voice into the world about issues that affect girls and women.

Nexus:

  • believes in being relational. Jesus loved people in authentic ways. Authentic relationships with one another, and with God, matters
  • believes in being relevant. Jesus was always relevant to his context, and 18-30’s want to engage with faith in ways that makes sense to their situations and their experience of the world
  • believes in being responsive. Jesus responded to individuals, situations and groups at their point of need to bring restoration. GB, through Nexus wants to engage with and respond to the real lives of young women in this generation, bringing hope and restoration.

Why Nexus?

Within the UK Church, the 18-30s generation is known as ‘the missing generation.’

An increasing number of 18 – 30’s have never engaged with church at all.

For those in church, both in and out of GB, being 18 – 30 can feel isolating. Their church may seem old, or young. It may be a place where women have little voice or opportunity to lead. Often in their local GB they are the only leader their age.

Although many 18 -30’s in GB do become leaders, this is not the majority.  Many young women leave their ‘home GB’ during these years.  Their lives are often busy and transient and many don’t necessarily feel ready or able to become GB leaders. Some move for employment or study. They often lose their connection with us, and with faith too.

These are the reasons for Nexus. It is a connecting point for 18-30 young women

Nexus story so far

It’s started with a group of GB young women away at university in the same city. They discovered each other and decided to be a support group .

Here’s a glimpse of how it has developed – from Charlotte

 In June 2011, four of us sat together around a table in a coffee shop. We didn’t know each other but we had one thing in common – Girls’ Brigade. We were the first members of the GB 18-30s Oxford Nexus! We sat talking for ages, excited about this new venture – what would Nexus become? What would it mean for us? We decided to meet every two weeks, to fit around our busy student schedules, and to alternate between Bible studies and socials. Leaving the coffee shop that evening, I knew I’d made three new friends, and couldn’t wait to meet with the Nexus ladies again!

There are now eight of us in the Oxford Nexus, and we are a mixture of students and professionals aged 18 – 30. Most of us had never met before being part of Nexus, but now we enjoy each other’s’ company, spending time together that’s full of laughter! We come from different walks of life, and from all over the country; some of us are still involved local GB, some visit our groups back home, and others have lost touch with GB as we transition into this next period of our life. Nexus is our GB now!

We’ve had chocolate parties, played on the Wii, and chatted for hours… every time we meet wehave a lot of fun! We share the responsibility of leading the rest of the group in a Bible study, and Jesus is at the centre of our fellowship as we are learning more about following him in our lives.’

For Jade it’s started as a group of young mums getting together.  Jade is 21, and a mum of two. Her connections are with other young mums, few of whom have church background. Having been in Girls’ Brigade she’d heard of Nexus and so decided to work with a local church to develop a group for these women.  They are practically supported by GB in the area, and the group is providing opportunity for this group of 18-30’s to explore Christian faith and share support as mums.

It’s started with social days out for 18 -30’s advertised on GB England and Wales website. New friendships were made …and more events began to be planned

It’s started with an email newsletter written especially for GB’s 18 – 30’s . This mailing list is growing and these women are connected by news and invitations to attend events and initiatives relevant to them.

It’s started with opportunities for 18 – 30’s to join in with various other initiatives; the Fizz mission team, History Makers course, the GB Europe Executive, The European Fellowship of Christian Youth, GB’s trustee board, the first ever GB ‘Gathering’ in South Africa, November 2013.

For more info on how you could get involved in Nexus contact claire.rush@girlsbrigadeew.org.uk

And, watch out for the Nexus online community, launching in 2014!

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