---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 over 130 years and have engaged with many children and adults during this time. Last 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 former premises at 240 Adelaide Terrace were 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, our group for 15-35 year olds GFS Next Gen and our newest initiative “Blessed to be a Blessing Dinner”.
 

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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   
 
 
 
 
Who Let The Dads Out?
GFS is proud to be working with Who Let the Dads Out? in the UK to offer help and resources to get your WLTDO? group here in WA off and running.     MORE   
 
 
 

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GFS Women’s Group 

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month (except school holidays)
7.30-9.30pm
0438 270 364 for more information 
 
 

 

 

Perth Holiday Club

October school holidays
Tuesday 29th September – Friday 2nd October
9.30am – 4.00pm
0438 270 364 for more information or register here
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Country Holiday Club 

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th October
0438 270 364 for more information 
 
 
 

GFS Perth Calendar

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

 

 

--- From The Blog

 

Monday Memories – GFS Australia Part 5

NATIONAL CAMPS

There has been a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and the development of friendships between GFSers all over Australia since the introduction of national camps. The first was held at the CEBS camp, Frankston, Victoria from 30 December 1969 to 6 January 1970 and fifteen members and two Leaders from Perth attended.

In 1978 Perth hosted a national camp. ‘Westorana’ meaning ‘West Welcome’, was the name chosen for the camp held in the lovely setting of Swanleigh just outside Perth) in January 1978 and Miss Margaret Bunday was Camp Director. The GFS Commonwealth Chairman, Mrs Harvie Featonby from Tasmania , attended and also the GFS World Chairman, Mrs Floris Bain , and Mrs Adele Ray, GFS Vice Chairman of USA. Girls from almost every diocese in Australia were present, as well as two girls from Thursday Island GFS. WA girls raised over $1,000 to bring them to the camp.

Other national camps have been held at Rockhampton in 1981, Sydney in 1984 and Adelaide in 1987. They enable those attending to see a wider vision of GFS , take part in an exciting and challenging programme in another part of Australia, as well as making new friends.
 
First Interstate visit, St Paul’s Beaconsfield
 

VISITS TO AND FROM OTHER STATES

There have been other links in GFS forged across Australia by visits of a branch in one State with another.  In 1967 Mrs Joan Matthews, leader of St Paul’ s, Beaconsfield GFS, took 18 teenage members of that  branch  by train for a 12-day visit to Chadstone East in Victoria, where they were billeted in two parishes. This was the first interstate visit by GFSers from WA and it was very successful.

The following year 14 girls from St Columba, Scarborough branch, accompanied by Miss Margaret Bunday and Mrs Joy Holland , also travelled to Victoria, where they were billeted by Currum GFS families for six days. In May, 1973 53 GFS members and leaders travelled to South Australia, some to take part in a GFS interstate netball competition in Adelaide and others to join in a camp at ‘Camp Conqueror’, the Youth and Conference Centre of the Diocese of Willochra. The camp was led by Bishop and Mrs Bruce Rosier and it also included 15 GFSers from Adelaide and 15 girls from Willochra.

As CEGS (the Church of England Girls’ Society) in WA do not have an opportunity to take part in interstate activities , they were invited to join with GFS teams in the netball competition and travelled on the same train to Adelaide. This was a good opportunity for fellowship between the two groups.

During the school holidays in August 1973, Scarborough, Woodlands and City Beach branches hosted 20 Glen Waverley (Melbourne) GFS members and leaders. Two years later there was a return visit by invitation from the Glen Waverley girls, when 10 teenage members and two leader s from WA left by train on 22 August 1975 and returned on 2 September 1975.
 
Interstate Netball Carnival 1973
(L to R) (back) Pat Barrett, Jill Baker, Janine Alliss, Lisa Coster, Dianna Smith.
(front) Debra Michaels, Cheryl McManus, Marie Gullefer, Wendy Verhoef, Margie Silcock.
(not included in photograph: Allison Elliott – Coach, Jan McNamara – Manager)

In January 1974 there was an interstate visit of a different kind when Miss Margaret Bunday , GFS Leader Training Officer for WA, travelled with Anne Hudson (Victoria Park), Peta Gullefer (Scarborough), Karen Cable (Innaloo) and Trudi Shattock (Rossmoyne) to a  GFS Commonwealth Cadet Leader Training camp at Montgomery  Park, south of Hobart, which they shared with Cadet Leaders from around Australia. They had a week touring before the camp and returned to Perth via Melbourne, Adelaide and Gladstone (in Willochra Diocese).


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