Girls Brigade

7th Coventry Girls’ Brigade Company

Girls’ Brigade England and Wales is a global organisation for girls aged between 4 and 18 years.  The aim of Girls’ Brigade is ‘to help girls become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ’ and as a Christian organisation we believe in the life that Jesus came to bring – life to the full.

Girls’ Brigade groups are called Companies and 7th Coventry Girls’ Brigade Company meets at Holyhead Road United Reformed Church.

Explorers are aged 4 to 8 years and badgework is based on a programme called ‘n:vestigate’ where girls meet new friends and through craft, games and stories investigate the adventures of Jesus with Fudge, the floppy dog.

Juniors are aged 8 to 11 years and badgework is based on a programme called ‘n:gage’ where girls discover the adventure of knowing Jesus with friends and do more craft, games and activities suited to their age group.

Seniors are aged 11 to 14 years and badgework is based on a programme called ‘n:counta’ where girls meet life head on through discussions, team building games and friendships. Seniors begin to think about the Christian viewpoint to topical and relevant issues.

Brigaders are aged 14 to 18 years and badgework is based on a programme called ‘n:spire’ where young people can chill out with friends, take some new opportunities, and develop leadership skills. Brigaders focus on the Christian viewpoint to topical and relevant issues and begin to think about where they stand on these issues. Brigaders also have the opportunity to join a programme of Young Leader Training learning leadership and team building skills.

All members of 7th Coventry wear a uniform and attend an all age Church Parade service on the first Sunday of every month.

We hold an annual indoor Camp for girls aged 8 years and over.

(Photo taken by the River Otter near Budleigh Salterton, Devon during Camp 2011)

Members of 7th Coventry Girls’ Brigade Company meet every Monday evening during term time.

  • Explorers meet from 5:45pm to 7pm.
  • Juniors, Seniors and Brigaders all meet from 7pm to 8:30pm.

For more information contact Karen, the Captain of 7th Coventry. on 024 7667 2571

UPDATES AND ACTIVITIES (scroll down for latest news):

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Towards the end of last year Steve Powell took up a challenge to get involved with leading badgework at 7th Coventry Girls’ Brigade Company. The challenge was set at an Elders meeting to come and get to know some of our older girls. Comments from the girls included “he made us think” and “he was quite good” – both of which are great accolades for Steve from small group of 13 to 18 year olds!

Other comments included “I didn’t know there were letters in the Bible” and “There is a lot goes on inside this church isn’t there – I didn’t realise there were so many jobs to do – there aren’t many people to do them are there?”.

The badgework included Steve sharing some of his experiences of church and then looking at what a church is and all that goes on – big pieces of flipchart paper were filled with lists of jobs and roles. The next challenge was looking at church websites and sharing what was liked and what wasn’t.

Steve then led the group through letters written by Paul – letters criticising and praising the church.
Following this, the girls considered what they wanted to say to the church today – what is good and what should continue – what is not so good and should be stopped – what should be pointed out to the church.

There were some interesting conversations and then the girls captured their thoughts in a display on a noticeboard at the back of church.

Please come along and have a look – be inspired and challenged by their thinking – there is something there for us all.

And Steve lived to tell the tale … just showing that doing something outside of your comfort zone or a bit different can be a good experience ….so if you fancy helping out by leading a session then let Karen know.

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Girls’ Brigade still meeting by Zoom

7th Coventry Girls’ Brigade Company is still meeting each week using Zoom. We are small in number but taking part in a variety of crafts and games.

We made silver stars tonight to put in our windows during half term as a sign of our belief in Jesus, Light of the World shining hope into the darkness.

If anyone would like to lead a Zoom activity for us or knows of any girl aged four to eleven who would benefit from joining us please let Karen Adams know – either directly or message via the church Facebook page.