In 1983, Margaret Lyttle formed the Girls’ Brigade in Dublin with the aim being “the extension of Christ’s Kingdom among girls.” 125 years later our aim has not changed. Encouraging and discipling girls to seek, serve and follow Christ is very much at the core of what we strive to do.
In order to inspire and challenge our girls GBNI produces a new bespoke Scripture Course each year where the girls will study relevant topics and Bible passages appropriate to their age. We encourage the girls to give us feedback on the course each year and we ask them to suggest topics they feel would benefit them in growing in their faith and living their day to day life. The Spiritual team prayerfully consider the girls’ suggestions and then develop a course. Everything is done in house and then we send it to professional printers.
For our Under 5s and Explorer section we produce stickers with accompanying activity books/sheets. The Juniors are given a colourful puzzle book and the Seniors and Brigaders are provided with an age appropriate journal. All books come with easy to follow teaching notes so GB leaders can feel equipped and inspired to lead girls in learning more about God. Each year over 17,000 girls in GBNI are reached with our Bible teaching resources.
Our prayer for the Scripture materials is that each girl regardless of her age, ability and background would be transformed by the truths they are learning from God’s Word. It is our desire that those girls who do not know Jesus would be introduced to Him through the Bible class. For those who are already on their faith journey, we would love our materials to inspire, challenge and equip them to go out into the world around them and seek, serve and follow Christ every day and everywhere.
Ordering the Course Materials
Details are announced in the GBNI newsletter and can be purchased by our leaders online. Deadline for orders is usually around the start of June each year. Orders are available for collection/courier from mid August – this date is also announced in the June GBNI newsletter.
A small overstock of the various elements of the course is listed in the online shop from September onwards for companies who require a top up order – for example perhaps you have more new members joined since your original order was placed.
2018/19 Scripture Course. Stand out and Cultivate
On the 21st February 2018 Snapchat stock allegedly lost a reported $1.3 billion in value after a single disapproving tweet from a high profile female celebrity. It never ceases to amaze me the influence our celebrity culture has on our young people today. How they will only wear the brands celebrities wear and even imitate their behaviour. It begs the question just who are our young GB girls looking to for their role models? Do those role models help them become better followers of Jesus?
The Bible is filled with examples of women who were key players in God’s big story. We are delighted that for the 2018/19 the GBNI Scripture Course will be looking at women of the Bible and looking at what we can learn from them thousands of years after they walked this earth. We are also thrilled to be able to include ten brief stories of women who are alumni from the Fields of Life schools and the difference God has made in their lives. We would love companies to share these stories to inspire all of the girls.
We want to make sure that we are always presenting to the girls examples of women who are sold out for Jesus and who make a difference in the spheres of influence they live whether that be through women of the Bible or through the example of their leaders, parents and teachers.
Click below to view some samples of this year's course.
Prayer Space in a Box
To inspire and encourage girls to spend time in God’s presence and to pray, GBNI has produced the ‘Prayer space in a box’ resource for our GB companies to hire and set up on their company night. This is effectively a box which contains various prayer stations along with all the resources needed for leaders to create a custom prayer space. They can be hired for a deposit of £10, with £5 being returned after use. To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What leaders have to say:
“An amazing well thought out experience, the girls really calmed and settled for it.”
“Really well thought out and useful time for the girls and leaders! Great for girls who struggle praying and especially not having to pray out loud, could be private and more meaningful.”
What the girls had to say:
“I loved the prayer room as it allowed me to relax and forget about any worries and really helped me focus on God.”
“I thought the prayer stations were great! They have helped me grow as a Christian. It was a great night!”
“I have really enjoyed tonight as I have been able to stop, reflect and think which I feel gave me intimate time with God.”
Creative Bible Teaching Workshop
At the start of each GB session, the Spiritual Team hosts a Creative Bible Teaching Workshop for leaders to come along and engage with new methods on how to develop God's Word in a more creative and inspiring way. The morning starts with a time of worship and prayer along with a keynote speaker who will generally focus on a specialised area. The leaders then split into a number of workshops which look at the new resources for:
- Under 5s
- Explorer and Juniors
- Senior and Brigader
You can book your place each year from the end of May on the Online Booking System or if you have any further queries, please email email@example.com