We are Woodlands GB!
Our company is special, it is family, it is nurturing, it is a safe place, it is where girls can come as they are and feel valued. We have a great team of leaders that are invested and committed to the work of Girls’ Brigade and to support each of our members. We provide a varied weekly programme on Monday evenings from September to April for girls aged 3 to 18. With the main focus of sharing the love and kindness of our Lord and Saviour using the motto of The Girl’s Brigade to “Seek, Serve and Follow Christ”.
We have five sections that the girls are divided into:
Under 5s (aka Tinies) – aged 3-4 (from their 3rd birthday)
The girls in this section may be small but they are filled with lots and lots of energy. They enjoy playing games, singing fun songs, learning how God loves them with fun interactive lessons, develop fine motor skills through movement and get to be a bit messy making fun crafts.
Tinies Uniform: White plain open neck blouse, GB navy tunic with GB crest, navy pants, white plain ankle socks, white PE slippers and long hair tied up with white ribbon.
Explorers – aged 5-7 (from 1st July)
Don’t all girls just love to explore and learn new and wonderful things! This section works towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Explorer Stars (one badge can be achieved each year). The programme for Explorers is a long list so each week varies in activities; from playing games, dancing, singing, painting and craft, running around, choral speaking and making life-long friends. We want our girls to explore lots of things in life but most importantly though is that we want our girls to explore and get to know Jesus and His love for each of them through our Scripture class.
Explorer uniform: White plain open neck blouse, GB navy tunic with GB crest, navy pants, white plain ankle socks, white PE slippers and long hair tied up with white ribbon.
Juniors – aged 8-10 (from 1st July)
At this age, girls become more curious and want to learn new skills. In Juniors, we start working with the girls to help equip them for how to deal with the world that surrounds them. We do this by looking at four areas, Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Service, which forms part of the Junior Circles that girls can achieve each year. This group likes to be kept busy and enjoy doing a variety of activities that are interactive and fun, eg. Baking, sewing, scrapbook projects, research topics, playing team games and figure marching to name just a few.
Junior uniform: GB navy v-neck sweatshirt, white plain open neck blouse, GB navy tunic with GB crest, navy pants, white plain ankle socks, white PE slippers, long hair tied up with white ribbon and Junior section badge.
Seniors – aged 11-13 (from 1st July)
Teenagers deal with lots of challenges and it is felt at times that it is hard to keep girls at this age interested in church activities. Well, we have seen this section grow each year. Why? Because girls want to engage in new experiences and opportunities. They are finding their voice and GB gives them the opportunities to use it but in a controlled environment. More and more girls question the existence of God and we feel it is essential to have a scripture class where girls can utilise resources to help them connect with God on a personal and intimate way. Seniors also use the four side programme; Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Service. They like to be kept busy, learn new basic skills eg. First aid, cooking meals, singing and they also enjoy discussion groups on a range of subjects from beauty to drug awareness..
Senior uniform: GB navy v-neck sweatshirt, white plain open neck blouse, PLAIN navy track bottoms, plain white ankle socks, white PE slippers, long hair tied up with white ribbon and Senior section badge.
Brigaders – aged 14-18 (1st July)
As you can see above, we are changing the uniform back to the official GBNI company night uniform for the company section. Juniors will now wear a navy sweatshirt alongside what they normally wear and Seniors/Brigaders will now be wearing a navy sweatshirt and white blouse. Hoodies and polo shirts are no longer uniform for girls but official GB hoodies can be purchased as leisurewear for going to events, trips and camp. The reason why we have decided to make this change is to encourage commitment, respect and discipline from the girls. Also over time we would like to encourage the girls back into ceremonial uniform (shirts) so that we can become more actively involved at district events.
Official GB uniform (jumpers and tunics) can only be purchased from GBNI Headquarters or via www.gbnishop.co.uk (if ordering online, let Leeanne know and she can collect it for you to save you the postage fee. Write in the notes section “give to Leeanne” and tick for collection before completing the order). Samples of all uniform will be available for the first two Monday nights of GB for girls to try on before ordering online.
Depending on size, plain white blouses maybe purchased from Tesco or Asda.
Our GB Scripture course is based on the Journey of Moses. Each section will follow the same topic but at a level that is age appropriate. The younger girls will also have activity books to complete and the older girls will work through journals that will help them to personally connect with Jesus during each lesson.
We are bringing back company worship nights on the 1st Monday of every month from 7pm until 7.15pm. Worship is a very important part of our company and we want the girls to have time to come and enjoy worship time together.
This year, we are hoping to support the GBNI 125th Anniversary Fundraiser that is working in partnership with Fields of Life. The project is to raise enough funds to build a school in Kisoro, Uganda, were over 350 children can attend school. We hope to run a few activities through out the year to go towards supporting this great cause.
We are hoping if practise goes well that the girls will participate in some of the district competitive events organised throughout the GB calendar. Of course Explorer Choral Speaking is at the top of the list along with Explorer Art, Junior Marching, Junior Team Challenge and Senior Dodgeball to name just a few. We are also planning to start teaching PE with the younger sections to promote mobility and coordination, although we do not see this as a competitive activity for this year.
- Tinies – 6.00pm – 7.15pm
- Explorers – 6.30pm – 8.00pm (Choral Speaking Team to 8.15pm)
- Juniors – 6.30pm – 8.00pm
- Seniors – 7.00pm – 9.00pm
- Brigaders – 7.15pm – 9.30pm (with exception of 1st Monday of the month for company worship)
Meet the team for 2017/2018
We are very excited for this coming year for what God is going to do in Woodlands GB. We are praying for each of the girls as they walk through the doors on Monday nights that GB will create an opportunity for us to share the love and joy that knowing Jesus brings. By providing a varied programme, we hope to nurture and equip girls for their future experiences. Each section is run by the following leaders::
- Tinies : Aimee Montgomery, Ailsa Railton, Madeline MacDonald & Catherine Harper
- Explorers: Jean Bell, Jean Stronge & Barbara Donnan
- Juniors: Jane Loughins & Caroline Keatley
- Seniors: Maureen Caddies (First Aider) & Amy Wotherspoon
- Brigaders: Hannah Stockman & Tasha Addis
- Aid: Courtney Caddies (First Aider)
- Captain: Leeanne Railton 07872392990
- Chaplain: Leslie Addis
- Designated Child Protection: Brian Ingram
How to join Woodlands GB
If you feel GB is something you would like your daughter to be a part of, please know that she will be made very welcome at Woodlands GB and our team of leaders will do everything they can to help them settle into their section as quickly as possible. Each year, all girls and leaders must register to attend on a weekly basis, along with a one off registration fee of £30 per girl and £20 for 2 or more siblings. Part of this payment goes towards the work of Girls’ Brigade centrally and covers the insurance for your child to be at GB each week and at any GB organised event or activity. The rest will go towards resources to be used by the girls on a weekly basis, so it is very important that the registration fee is paid. We do offer a payment plan, to allow the fee to paid over a number of weeks to assist families. Please chat to Leeanne about this at the time of registration. To register please download and complete this form and bring it along with you to any of our meeting nights. If your daughter is new to GB, please do not buy uniform until she has settled for a few weeks.
- Pray that God will be remain at the heart of our GB company and that we keep our focus on Him and His word. Pray that amazing opportunities will arise that girls will open their hearts to His love and grace.
- Pray that the girls will come faithfully each week and engage in every aspect of GB. That they will feel safe and secure in their surroundings. That they will build in confident and learn new skills. That they will have fun and meet new friends.
- Pray that the leaders will focus on the importance of GB. Just not the practical elements but the real work of GB, that they will continue to have the passion and heart to share the Gospel with every girl. Pray that they will come prepared each week to deliver a fun programme that the girls will enjoy. Pray that God will use their individual gifts and talents.
- Pray that God will keep us all safe each week and at every event we plan to attend.
- Pray for the girl who has not yet heard of GB. Pray that an opportunity arises that someone may tell her about GB and invites her along to Woodlands.
- Pray for our Church Elders as they guide and support our GB company.
For more information on the work of Girls’ Brigade, check out the following websites: