---Welcome!

 

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!
 
 
 
 
 

 

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   
 

 

Youth

 

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

 

Townsend Christmas Party

 
 
Tuesday, 4th December 2018 10.30am
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

GFS Perth Calendar

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

 

 

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Special Meeting (By-Laws)

A special meeting is being held on Monday 17th December at 7pm to pass the By-Laws of GFS that will compliment the Model Rules that were passed earlier in the year.  All members should have received a copy either electronically or via the post.  Please advise if you are coming to the office by the 14th please.  It will not be a long meeting and we will have some supper after the meeting.

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Townsend Fellowship Christmas Meeting and Farewell Raylene

Next Tuesday the 6th of December we will be meeting at 10.30am for our last Townsend Fellowship meeting for 2018.  We will be enjoying Christmas goodies and also saying goodbye to Raylene as she heads back to New Zealand to be with her family.

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Melbourne Cup Luncheon

 
Tuesday 6th November 11am we will be holding a Melbourne Cup Luncheon.  Dust off your hats and head along to Townsend Lodge to share in a lunch and watch the Melbourne Cup with us.  $10 per person includes lunch and a glass of champagne, bring along some gold coins for the sweep.  Please contact the office and leave a message on 9202 1627 to let us know you are coming.  See you there!

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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!
 
 
 
 

Verse of the Day

“When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”” — Matthew 2:4-6 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.