---Why Our Organisation?

 
FRIENDSHIP
Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people.  Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association. Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of such bonds. Such characteristics include affection; kindness, love, virtue, sympathy, empathy, honest, altruism, loyalty, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings to others, and make mistakes without fear of judgement from the friend. (Wikipedia)
 
One of the core strengths we have in GFS is the friendships that are forged. Whether it be in a group, on a committee, within GFS Australia or Worldwide there are many opportunities for lifelong friendships to be formed. When meeting people who used to be members – sometimes many years ago the one thing they say is that they made many good friends and felt accepted and valued within GFS.  Many of the values of friendship in the definition above apply to our organisation.
 
OUTREACH
Outreach is an activity of providing services to any populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. A key component of outreach is that the groups providing it are not stationary, but mobile; in other words they are meeting those in need of outreach services at the locations where those in need are. In addition to delivering services, outreach has an educational role, raising the awareness of existing services.
Outreach is often meant to fill in the gap in the services provided by mainstream (often, governmental) services, and is often carried out by non-profit, nongovernmental organisations. (Wikipedia)
 
The mission of our organisation is to provide ministries to children, youth, families and adults in a safe and accepting environment where Christ’s love is evident and the Gospel is proclaimed . If you wish to become a part of our organisation or a volunteer to help those in need, our community is awaiting you with our open hearts.
 
COMMUNITY
A community is a small or large social unit (a group of living things) who have something in common, such as norms, religion, values or identity. Communities often share a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighbourhood) or in virtual space through communication platforms. Durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community. People tend to define those social ties as important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions like family, home, work, government, society, or humanity, at large.  Although communities are usually small relative to personal social ties (micro-level), “community” may also refer to large group affiliations (or macro-level), such as national communities, international communities, and virtual communities. (Wikipedia)
 
The purpose of our organisation is to serve the community locally, nationally and globally through our motto “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).  We do this by providing the many ministries we have and also partnering with different agencies/causes to help others in need in our community.  
 
 
 
---Our Team
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Executive Committee

2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Noeleen Stewart

FIELDWORKER/ADMINISTRATION
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Alexandra Taylor

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

--- Board (Executive Committee)

 
 
 
 
 
 
Rev’d Josie Steytler
Chairperson
 
 
 
 
 
 
Carole Lovejoy
Vice Chairperson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
James Walter
Treasurer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rev’d Des Smit
Chaplain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rev’d Alison Gilchrist
Committee member
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chris Oliver
Committee Member
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lauren Stewart
Committee Member
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raylene Hindle
Committee Member (Townsend Lodge Representative)