Girls’ Brigade NI has officially opened a new GB company in Whiteabbey Methodist Church.
The company’s 40 members recently took part in an affiliation service in the church, singing and reading prayers during the worship.
The new company was formed by officers and members of the 133rd GB company, which was forced to look for a new home when the church it had been associated with for over half a century told them that the organisation was no longer compatible with its beliefs. The decision to close the GB company at nearby Whiteabbey Congregational Church was taken in April after its Minister, Rev Paul Dowling, implemented a series of reforms concerning church membership and praise.
Chaplain of the new 366th Whiteabbey GB company, Rev Andrew Cunningham, was unable to attend the affiliation service. But he passed on his greetings and welcomed the girls and officers to Whiteabbey Methodist, saying: “It is with such joy that we officially welcome you to celebrate the establishment of the company. You have already been a blessing to our church, as we hear positive reports of the sounds of laughter, joy, excitement and fun on the Wednesday evenings when you come together in the name of Jesus Christ. Girls I pray that the friendships you form here will be a blessing to each other, and that you will shine like a bright light in your schools, families and communities.”
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