Annual GFS Service

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There was a packed congregation in St Peter’s Church in Dunboyne on the afternoon of Sunday 24 April. The occasion was the Annual Service to give thanks for the work of the GFS in the diocese.

Members of the GFS and their leaders gathered together for this special annual event. The Service was led by Rev Janice Aiton (Rector) and Rev Colin McConaghie (Curate) along with members of the GFS from across the dioceses. Rev Janice is the Diocesan Chaplain to the GFS. Bishop Pat Storey gave the address.

The Service was followed by refreshments in the adjacent Parish Centre. During the refreshments prizes were also presented.

Bishop Pat said “This is an opportunity for us all to pay tribute to the energy, imagination and commitment that our GFS leaders and members bring to this organisation throughout the year”.

The Girls Friendly Society was founded in 1875. It is the oldest Church of Ireland organisation for girls and women.

Now almost 130 years later our Society has broadened its scope and offers an even wider appeal.  The motto, purpose and prayer has not changed down the years but one generation after another has found fresh inspiration in it.

Today the Girls Friendly Society is active in eighty branches throughout Ireland, a wide spectrum of interest is covered in the badge syllabus, which includes a study of the natural world, the community and the church, handcrafts and skills, information technology, sports and outdoor pursuits, as well as participating in fund raising to demonstrate our will to help others, both locally and globally.

Membership is open to women of all ages.