Listed below are a number of formats that we can offer to Parishes/Schools to help with meeting the needs of 5-15 year olds in Perth. If you feel that any of these groups is something you would like to offer your Parish/School then please contact us to discuss how we can help you out, with resources, hands on help or supporting you into the future.
  • GFS / KidsPlus+ Perth is here to help you in every possible way
  • We provide a wide range of support structures to assist with the running of your groups in your Parish/School
  • We will support the commencement of your group with advertising and we provide ongoing program options and support
  • We give hands on support with attendance by a Fieldworker for the first 6 meetings (or as negotiated) of your new group
  • Our Fieldworker is available for other ways when you may require assistance (ie. If your group leader is going on holidays,
    for junior leadership development, running leadership training, giving telephone advice, providing program ideas, etc.)
  • You will receive a newsletter from both GFS Perth and Australia so you can keep up with what is going on around in GFS 
  • You get access to a large GFS Resources Library including programs, CDs, DVDs, a badge maker, music and “Big Games”
  • All Members have the opportunity to meet and form friendships with other members, leaders, children and youth from other Parishes through our regular Diocesan-wide events. These include Camps, Holiday Clubs, Mother-Daughter High Tea, Dads-N-Lads BBQ, etc. 
  • When you go ahead and begin a group, your group will become affiliated with GFS Perth. We will assist you throughout the process to ensure you and your team have all the requirements that need to be undertaken for GFS and the Anglican Diocese of Perth (ie. WWCC, Code of Conduct, etc.). 

KidsPlus+

Being part of KidsPlus+ is like being part of a family, each member is different but they share a common bond and enjoy meeting together on a regular basis. We also encourage the children’s families to be involved in the group as well – this could be as simple as them joining us for prayer time, helping out with crafts or meals or joining the group for parties at the end of term etc.
 
You can develop friendships within the group, the wider GFS / KidsPlus+ Community, active fellowship within the local church and a growing relationship with God in a non-competitive environment. You can bring your friends from school, your neighbours or family EVERYONE is welcome! KidsPlus+ is children meeting in a Christian environment to share in fun activities, develop friendships, maybe enjoy a meal and explore their faith and issues relevant to today. The focus of KidsPlus+ groups is to provide an outreach opportunity and encourage children from church and non-church backgrounds to take part. Groups can meet either weekly, fortnightly or in six weeks blocks depending on the needs of the parish/school and community – programs also vary depending on each group.
 

GFS

GFS is a “GIRLS ONLY” model for groups that we offer. We do not currently have any GFS groups running but we have the resources available whenever it may be needed.
 
There are a number of great programs and also award programs that can be set up for the girls to share and learn new skills.
GFS Branches nurture children, youth and their families in the parish environment. GFS Branches aim to help young girls develop friendships within the group, active fellowship within the church and a growing relationship with God in a non-competitive environment.
 
GFS Branch membership is like being part of a family. Each member is different but they share a common bond and enjoy meeting together on a regular basis.
 

Who can join?

Children and teenagers from within the Parish family or from the community who wish to belong to a Christian based group.
  • Teddybears Group caters for boys and girls who attend pre-primary and year 1
  • Juniors Group caters for primary school aged girls through to year 6
  • Members Group caters for year 7 and high school girls through to age 18
  • How much does it cost? Groups usually charge $2 per meeting and there is an Annual Diocesan Fee of $10 per girl.
 

Bella Program

GFS has this program all ready to go, we just need a school/parish to want to run it. This program has been running in Toowoomba for many years by Toowoomba City Women and we purchased the program when they visited Perth in 2015. Originally from the Hillsong Shine program “SHINE is a unique personal development and group- mentoring tool that uses an inspirational, practical and experiential approach to learning. This program is founded upon the premise that every life counts and has intrinsic value, and fosters an awareness of this belief. As a result, girls and women are equipped to become effective global citizens for the future. The aim is for each girl and women to develop an understanding of her own personal worth, strength and purpose to realise the potential within her to fulfil her desires.”

Below is a report from Kate Brewer who ran this program in the second half of 2016

Bella Girl Program 2016

The Bella Girls program for High School girls is an initiative of City Women, Toowoomba, Qld. After attending a forum in May 2016, I was interested in starting a group but had no idea where this would be. During an informal conversation with the new chaplain in Murwillumbah High School, Craig Underwood, the door was opened for a pilot program to begin.

So in August we began an 8 week program with approximately 11 Year 9 girls, who volunteered to do Bella girls. Due to the timing of the start, holidays and a previous commitment there was a 6 week break between week 5 and week 6 and therefore lost some momentum with the number of girls present.

The topics covered were dreams, the Prince and toad, frenemies, skin and hair care, social media and etiquette. We had a closing ‘graduation’ lunch and the girls were presented with a Bella Rae magazine and a certificate.

Initially it was difficult beginning a new initiative and we were hoping to establish this program in the High School and prayed for a real and genuine connection with the girls, which proved challenging. However the feedback was encouraging:

  • We could talk openly
  • It’s a nice place to talk and relax
  • Talked about things not otherwise discussed
  • Fun
  • The people
  • Learning new things/learnt good things
  • The ladies and man(chaplain) were so nice and kind and welcoming
  • Loved everything we did
  • Nice and casual yet organised
  • Time with friends/made new friends
  • I learnt lessons I’ll take out into my life thank you

And on the negative they considered more time and pracs would be helpful.

Thanks

We met in the Home Science block (H4) and were blessed by the welcoming support of Gail, who opened up, helped where needed and at our lunch went above and beyond. Such a blessing. Thanks to Craig for the opportunity, for his organising, help in setting up and the ‘gathering’ where needed. Thanks also to the girls for their willingness to be a part of the pilot program. My thanks also go to Maureen Harper, friend and wonderful helper, her professional counselling and beautician skills were a blessing to me and to the course.

Thank you to GFS Brisbane for their wonderful financial support without which the program would not have been as successful and to GFS Perth for their contribution. Thanks to all who supported, encouraged and prayed.

We are looking forward to doing another program in term 2 next year. Hopefully the administration process of volunteer entry to the school may be less obstructive to our volunteers.

Yours in Christ Kate Brewer

bella-pictureKate, Maureen and Craig at the lunch
 

Strength Program

Is about equipping adolescent men with the knowledge and skills to discover who they are and the person they want to become. It also encourages men to find the strength and courage within them to make healthy choices and live to their full potential. STRENGTH aims to address issues adolescent men may face and provide skills to navigate and overcome challenges by helping them understand their own significance, resilience and courage.
 

This program is a development program to help boys transition from being male to being a man… which speaks of values and character and self-discipline and responsibility in growing in maturity.

Strength covers some uncomfortable topics such as:

  • Personal, inner strength
  • Identity – Leaving your mark
  • Resilience
  • Respect for others and for self
  • Goal setting
  • Risk taking behaviours
  • Understanding girls
  • Sex, pornography and behaviour that builds your character (not tears it down)
  • Building healthy relationships with other people
However, in being open with these topics – we are showing young people how to move from being male to becoming a man. We don’t cover every topic in every age group – and we will consult parents and explain the program in advance. There is no illegal or adult content and we aim to make sure young men are aware of what builds their character and what can tear it down. We also talk about right relationships and respect, especially respecting women.