---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!

 

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

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   
 

 

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

 
 
 

130th Anniversary Afternoon Tea and Evensong

 

 Saturday, September 30 @ 2.00pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Advent Fair

 
Friday, November 16 @ 6pm
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

GFS Perth Calendar

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

 

 

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Governance Report & Information

Out of Synod 2016, Diocesan Council asked for a governance review on GFS to be undertaken and presented back to Synod.  This was not possible last year as the final meeting had not been held with the Diocesan Secretary and the Independent Authority – Just Consulting to finalise the report.
 
The report was completed and has been with Mr Keith Stephens since 7th November 2017.  The full report with additional ‘Extra Report for noting’ was presented to the GFS Executive Committee at their November meeting.  A link to the report and other documents can be found here.

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130th Anniversary Afternoon Tea and Evensong

Please join us on Sunday 30th September 2018 2pm for afternoon tea and 5pm for Evensong.  This is our last celebration in our 130th year so please come along to this free event to help us celebrate this milestone.
 

We are asking all the parishes who have had GFS Branches or KidsPlus+ Groups in them at some time in the past 130 years if they still have any banners from their branch/group and to possibly send along a representative. It would be wonderful to have a representative there from each of the parishes listed below to help us celebrate this remarkable achievement.

We are excited to have Archbishop Kay and Rev’d Canon Cheryl Selvage – GFS Australia President with us to help us celebrate the occasion.

RSVP to the GFS Office on 9202 1627 or email info@gfsperth.com.au to let us know if you are coming for catering purposes by the 27th of September.


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130th Anniversary Dinner (Blessed to be a Blessing)

What a wonderful night we had at our 130th Anniversary dinner and the inaugural Blessed to be a Blessing Dinner on Saturday 23rd of July at the Duxton Hotel.  All of the photos from the photobooth and some taken by people at the dinner are available through Flickr 

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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

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” — Ephesians 4:29 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.