GFS is a Not for Profit Organisation made up of people belonging to a Christian community locally, nationally and globally.


We seek to provide or support ministries to children, youth, families and adults in a safe and accepting environment where Christ’s love is evident.  We have been part of the West Australian Community for 130 years and have engaged with many children and adults during this time. 

This year GFS celebrates a wonderful milestone of 130 years of ministry to women, girls, men and boys in Perth. Since 1888 friendship, support and a listening ear have been part of the GFS DNA as we’ve sought to live out the GFS motto to “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal 6:2  


On the 1st January 1875, Mary Elizabeth Townsend established the Girls’ Friendly Society in England (now you know why our premises at 240 Adelaide Terrace are called Townsend Lodge. Come and pay us a visit, we have some really interesting memorabilia in the office along with a welcoming smile and cuppa). GFS was a pioneer women’s organisation, the first of its kind in the world. The members saw a need to befriend, mentor and support many of the younger women who were leaving their rural homes and communities to find work in the cities.  


Here in Perth GFS welcomed migrant girls to the city by providing them with accommodation as they settled in and found employment. In time we branched out to provide Townsend Fellowship, children’s groups, Holiday Clubs, Camps, Mainly Music groups, Mother & Daughter High Teas; and more recently Dads N Lads BBQs, Pamper A Nanna, the Advent Festival, and our newest group for 15-35 year olds GFS Next Gen.


During this year we’d love to reconnect with anyone who has been part of GFS, there are many of you out there!


Everyone is warmly invited to attend any or all of these events –  

GFS 130th Anniversary Gala Dinner

23rd June from 7pm to midnight
(Please note the change of date from 16th)

GFS Thanksgiving Evensong at the Cathedral

30th September from 2pm to 6pm 



Our organisation partners with other community organisations to help others outside of our own community.     MORE   


We have many programs, resources and games that we can help you to get your own children’s ministry group established .     MORE   


Dating back to the beginnings of GFS, women’s ministry has been a vital part of our ministry to this day.  We have a lot to offer why not see what could suit you.     MORE   




If you wish to become a part of our NextGen GFS group this this is the place for you.  Come along and be part of the team, become a member or just attend one of the events they run.    MORE   

GFS Outside Perth
GFS is not just in Perth! We are part of a National and Global organisation and always are happy to welcome new members.     MORE   

---Upcoming Events


130th Anniversary Dinner

Camp & Holiday Club
 Monday, July 2 4pm – Thursday, July 5 9.30am


Dads’N’Lads Arvo

 Saturday, August 25 @ 2pm
To be advised

GFS Perth Calendar

Check out what is happening in GFS Perth by looking at our calendar below



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Update no. 2 for 2018

Here we are the first week of 2018! Our latest Update is available to read here, we hope you enjoy the content.


Latest Newsletter

Haven’t seen our latest newsletter then you can download it from here.  Remember if you have anything to contribute to the newsletter, prayer request or any photos/stories for archives get in touch with us. 


New look website

We hope you enjoy the new layout of our website and find all the information you would like from it.  Stay tuned as we will be also launching an “app” soon to so you can keep up to date with everything GFS on your devices!  



Want To Become a Member?

There are lots of ways to be involved with GFS in Perth.  Head to the link below
to see how you can get involved today!