As we approach the end of another session
in GB, I can report on a varied company programme and
competition scene. This years’ session began in September
with a night of Icebreakers and games, this was great fun
for all. Under 5’s , Explorers and Juniors followed the
scripture course “Just like Jesus” looking at bible stories
of Jesus’ life and how we can use our eyes, ears, mouth,
hands etc to be more like Him. Seniors and Brigaders looked
at Dealing with other Faiths and how we can be better
witnesses for Jesus Christ and have a personal
relationship with Him. All sections entered various
competitions during the year. As the GB are 120 years old,
Headquarters held an Explorer Birthday Cake collage
competition and it was a thrill to hear that Annie Poots was
commended for her art work. Annie, her mum and I had the
privilege of going to Stormont to receive her prize. The
Juniors entered the Scripture Memory Jog, marching and
duster hockey competitions. Six girls gained 100% in the
scripture competition and we congratulate them. For Seniors
and Brigaders it was a Nail Art theme and the Seniors also
competed in the 5 aside football tournament. Although we
didn’t win any silverware in the competitions it was fun
taking part and to meet girls from other companies.
Congratulations go to Bethany McDowell who receives her
Brigader Brooch tonight this is the highest award in GB. In
November we held the Enrolement Service and we said
“farewell“to our friends Stephen and Elaine Walker. Stephen
taught the bible classes each week and Elaine was a valued
officer. We miss them both very much and wish them every
blessing as they begin their new ministry in Scotland. In
December we held our Annual Carol Service, a craft fair and
went to Streamvale Farm and We R Vertigo for our Christmas
parties. We held a sponsored games night to raise funds for
GB Week in February and we thank all who contributed to
this. The annual District Parade was held on Sunday and we
will finish the session on Tuesday night with a Princess
Party for Explorers and under 5’s and the company will go to
Delamont Park. I thank God for His guidance and grace
throughout the session. To parents, girls, all those who
have prayed for us and helped us in so many different ways I
also want to say thank you. I want to especially mention our
Chaplain, the officers and associates I couldn’t manage
without their help – THANK YOU! I look forward to seeing
all the girls back in September and encourage them to bring
others to Seek, Serve and Follow Christ.
Joy Hall (Captain)
From John Owen
"It is not the distance of the earth from the sun, nor the
sun’s withdrawing itself, that makes a dark and gloomy day;
but the interposition of clouds and vaporous exhalations.
Neither is thy soul beyond the reach of the promise, nor
does God withdraw Himself; but the vapours of thy carnal,
unbelieving heart do cloud thee."
our hearts admit, “I am poor and weak. Satan is too subtle,
too cunning, too powerful; he watches constantly for
advantages over my soul. The world presses in upon me with
all sorts of pressures, pleas, and pretences. My own
corruption is violent, tumultuous, enticing, and entangling.
As it conceives sin, it wars within me and against me.
Occasions and opportunities for temptation are innumerable.
No wonder I do not know how deeply involved I have been with
sin. Therefore, on God alone will I rely for my keeping. I
will continually look to Him."