GFS members, officers and family from all across the dioceses gathered in Julianstown on the afternoon of Sunday 26th May. The occasion was the Annual Service to give thanks for the work of the GFS in the diocese, as well as the commissioning of officers.
Members of the GFS and their leaders gathered together for this special annual event. The Service was led by Rev Katharine Poulton (rector of Julianstown) along with members of the GFS from across the dioceses. Bishop Pat Storey gave the address – talking about the importance of keeping connection with God. The all-Ireland President of the GFS, Ms Alison Jackson, was also present.
The Service was followed by refreshments in the adjacent Parish Centre. During the refreshments prizes were also presented.
The Girls Friendly Society was founded in 1875. It is the oldest Church of Ireland organisation for girls and women.
Today the Girls Friendly Society is active in eighty branches throughout Ireland, a wide spectrum of interest is covered in the badge syllabus, which includes a study of the natural world, the community and the church, handcrafts and skills, information technology, sports and outdoor pursuits, as well as participating in fund raising to demonstrate our will to help others, both locally and globally.
Membership is open to women of all ages.