It was a very warm, even hot day on 14th December, when 24 G.F.S. and Townsend members gathered at St Stephen’s church hall to share together; to pray and to celebrate the birth of the Christ-child, who was to be our Saviour. It was interesting to hear from our speaker Cindy Partridge about the work she is doing as a midwife for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at Nepean hospital. Leonie had some quizzes prepared for us and these taxed our brains and were fun to do. Some Christmas carols were sung with some valiantly endeavouring to sing male bass parts to fulfill the musical requirements. Many thanks to Fay who oversaw the kitchen and made sure all the food was nicely presented from which we make our selections. It was an enjoyable time of catching up with ladies especially some we had not seen for a while. We reminisced and encouraged one another in our faith and our walk with God. Deidree showed a powerpoint about Val’s (GFS World Vice President) recent visit to Sri Lanka where she saw first hand how GFS is growing there and how the world project is helping girls and women gain employment and improve their lives. Instead of our previous Kris Kringle exchange, we gave our donations towards the GFS world project in Sri Lanka. The new daytime in lieu of evening format for the Christmas get-together worked well and it was felt this was the way to go. I know that Janet and I were pleased to be able to drive back home in daylight.
A 50th celebration is always a big event. And GFS Camden put on a fantastic celebration as they marked 50 years of faithful service to girls and young women in their area.
The event was attended by past and current GFS Camden leaders and members, parishioners from St Johns Anglican Camden, many members of GFS Sydney and Sonia Roulston from the GFS Australia National Executive.
The day started with a celebration service, led by Sonia, the chaplain for GFS Australia. The service was a time of thanksgiving as we celebrated God’s faithfulness through Camden GFS. We enjoyed a performance by the teddies of the local branch, a time of reflection from past and current leaders and attendees, and of course the GFS prayer, motto and hymn. A highlight from the service involved the current senior leadership team receiving filigree badges for their service to GFS, combined they have volunteered over 100 years serving their local branch.
We then enjoyed a meal together before enjoying more entertainment, reminiscing over photos, old uniforms and memories. The GFS Camden branch put in lots of effort as they performed, served and shared with us all.
God is faithful, and we are thankful for the work of GFS Camden over the last 50 years.