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.
This year's course
In this year’s course, every section of Girls’ Brigade will be studying and learning some of the key attributes (characteristics) of God. From a young age it is crucial for our girls to grasp and understand who God is and how amazing and glorious He is. There is none like Him! He has many attributes and characteristics that can help us learn more of who He is. In this year’s course we will explore mostly what are known as the incommunicable characteristics of God (these are the qualities that are possessed by God alone).
We want them to know His character so they can be drawn to adore and worship Him with their whole lives. We want them to know who He is so that when the storms of life come their way their roots will be so established in who God is that they will be able to stand firm. We want them to know His character so when they come to Him in prayer they know just how powerful, faithful and trustworthy He is. We want them to know who He is so that when they are faced with the temptations the world throws at them it is nothing compared to following their Almighty, awesome God.
Click on each image to view samples of our 2021/22 Scripture Course.
Free downloadable screen savers for Seniors and Brigaders
To view the screen saver, please click on each heading and feel free to save to your mobile device:
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 email@example.com.
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.'