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It   would   be   great   to   see   you   at   one   of   our   Sunday   services   soon.   We're   a friendly   and   welcoming   bunch   with   a   wide   range   of   ages,   cultures   and backgrounds.   You   can   come   just   as   you,   there's   no   need   to   dress   up   - unless you want to! Our    Main    Celebration    at    10.30am    attracts    approx    250    people.    The Worship   is   led   by   a   group   co-ordinated   by   our   Worship   Leader   and   our Senior   Minister   or   someone   else   preaches   in   the   series   we   have   running. Groups   for   Children   (Kidzone)   and   Young   People   (Academy)   run   every Sunday    after    a    time    of    Worship    together.    Prayer    Ministry    is    always available after the service and many people stay to chat over Coffee. We   also   run   special   afternoon   and   evening   services   as   arranged.   These include   Youth   Celebrations,   Afternoon   Silver   Services,   Communion   Praise & Prayer gatherings. More details can be found on the Calendar.
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Worship
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It   would   be   great   to   see   you   at   one   of our    Sunday    services    soon.    We're    a friendly   and   welcoming   bunch   with   a wide    range    of    ages,    cultures    and backgrounds.    You    can    come    just    as you,    there's    no    need    to    dress    up    - unless you want to! Our     Main     Celebration     at     10.30am attracts     approx     250     people.     The Worship   is   led   by   a   group   co-ordinated by   our   Worship   Leader   and   our   Senior Minister   or   someone   else   preaches   in the   series   we   have   running.   Groups   for Children   (Kidzone)   and   Young   People (Academy)   run   every   Sunday   after   a time     of     Worship     together.     Prayer Ministry   is   always   available   after   the service   and   many   people   stay   to   chat over Coffee. We    also    run    special    afternoon    and evening   services   as   arranged.   These include   Youth   Celebrations,   Afternoon Silver   Services,   Communion   Praise   & Prayer   gatherings.   More   details   can   be found on the Calendar.
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Worship
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Senior Minister Martyn Travers     mptravers@aol.com  Youth Pastor Phil Dyal              phildyalgig@gmail.com Children and Family Worker David Jones         daviddjones@aol.com  Office Administrators Pam Reynolds Jo Lewis              office@orpingtonbaptist.org.uk
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Contact
Orpington Baptist Church
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Senior Minister Martyn Travers     mptravers@aol.com  Youth Pastor Phil Dyal              phildyalgig@gmail.com Children and Family Worker David Jones         daviddjones@aol.com  Office Administrators Pam Reynolds Jo Lewis              office@orpingtonbaptist.org.uk
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Contact
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OBC   stands   not   only   for   Orpington   Baptist   Church   but   is   a   summary   of   our vision.   We   want   always   to   be   Outward   Looking   -   Bible   Based   -   Contemporary and Relevant.  We’re excited to see where God is taking us next.
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Vision
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OBC    stands    not    only    for    Orpington Baptist   Church   but   is   a   summary   of   our vision.   We   want   always   to   be   Outward Looking   -   Bible   Based   -   Contemporary and    Relevant.        We’re    excited    to    see where God is taking us next.
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Vision
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At   OBC   we   have   something   for   everyone   and   every   day   the   Church   is   busy with   life   of   all   ages   and   activity.   Our   Church   Office   is   open   and   staffed   every week day and is often the best place to ask for more information. Ministries   to   children,   families   and   youth   can   be   seen   on   the   youth   pages. Other   ministries   include   Lunch   club-Leisure   group   and   Women’s   Friendship for   older   friends,   Tiddlers,   Preschool   and   Babies   groups   for   young   families   & carers,   Walking,   Men’s   Fellowship   and   Men’s   badminton,   Worship   and   Praise groups,   Lifegroups   that   you   can   see   more   of   here,   Outreach   and   Mission programmes,   Churches   together   work   and   upholding   it   all   Prayer   Ministry.   Do ask for any further information. We’d love you to be involved
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Ministries
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At     OBC     we     have     something     for everyone   and   every   day   the   Church   is busy   with   life   of   all   ages   and   activity. Our   Church   Office   is   open   and   staffed every   week   day   and   is   often   the   best place to ask for more information. Ministries    to    children,    families    and youth    can    be    seen    on    the    youth pages.   Other   ministries   include   Lunch club-Leisure     group     and     Women’s Friendship   for   older   friends,   Tiddlers, Preschool     and     Babies     groups     for young    families    &    carers,    Walking, Men’s        Fellowship        and        Men’s badminton,      Worship      and      Praise groups,   Lifegroups   that   you   can   see more   of   here,   Outreach   and   Mission programmes,   Churches   together   work and   upholding   it   all   Prayer   Ministry. Do   ask   for   any   further   information. We’d love you to be involved
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Ministries
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Meeting   throughout   the   week,   daytime   and   evenings,   we   have   a   number   of Lifegroups.These   can   really   help   you   build   friendship,   pray   with   others   and share   in   discussion   based   Bible   study.   You   can   download   the   current   series, which   we   also   follow   on   a   Sunday   morning,   on   the   Media   tab   here.   If   you   like to   belong   to   a   Lifegroup   that   would   suit   you   please   ask   through   the   Church Office. LIFE groups @ OBC           Telephone Tuesday @ 8pm Remi Adesina                      07903 304365 Adun & Tim Williams            07813 002540 Wednesday  @ 8pm Paul & Sonia Mulley             858215 Colin Salzer                        850258 Co-operative Group             839815 Helen Pourak                      839533 David Jones                        07946 345717 Young Mum’s LIFEgroup -  Sarah Dyal                         07949 037675          Thursday Daytime am SooChu Clift & Sue Brown    818646 pm Dulcie Marjoram                 877265        
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Come Holy Spirit
No More Crying
Orpington Baptist Church
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Meeting   throughout   the   week,   daytime and    evenings,    we    have    a    number    of Lifegroups.These    can    really    help    you build   friendship,   pray   with   others   and share   in   discussion   based   Bible   study. You   can   download   the   current   series, which    we    also    follow    on    a    Sunday morning,   on   the   Media   tab   here.   If   you like   to   belong   to   a   Lifegroup   that   would suit   you   please   ask   through   the   Church Office. LIFE groups @ OBC           Telephone Tuesday @ 8pm Remi Adesina                      07903 304365 Adun & Tim Williams            07813 002540 Wednesday  @ 8pm Paul & Sonia Mulley             858215 Colin Salzer                        850258 Co-operative Group             839815 Helen Pourak                      839533 David Jones                        07946 345717 Young Mum’s LIFEgroup -  Sarah Dyal                         07949 037675          Thursday Daytime am SooChu Clift & Sue Brown    818646 pm Dulcie Marjoram                 877265        
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Come Holy Spirit
No More Crying
Orpington Baptist Church
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At   OBC   we   believe   that   we   must   be   a   missionary   people.   Locally   in   our community,   nationally   and   worldwide   we   are   seeking   to   reach   out   with   God’s love   for   all.   Our   giving   to   Mission   reflects   our   commitment   as   a   church   to   be outward   looking.   Here   are   some   of   the   things   that   we   are   involved   with. Click on the Logos for more information:
Missions
“Witnesses to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:8
Kent   Thameside   Church Planting Project
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Lufutuko Community School
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At   OBC   we   believe   that   we   must   be   a missionary     people.     Locally     in     our community,    nationally    and    worldwide we   are   seeking   to   reach   out   with   God’s love    for    all.    Our    giving    to    Mission reflects   our   commitment   as   a   church   to be   outward   looking.   Here   are   some   of the   things   that   we   are   involved   with. Click      on      the      Logos      for      more information:
Missions
“Witnesses to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:8
Kent   Thameside   Church Planting Project
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Lufutuko Community School
Orpington Baptist Church
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Climate Change Has   it   really   got   anything   to   do   with   Christians?   It   doesn’t   sound   very spiritual!   Surely   being   a   Christian   means:   Following   God’s   plan   -   Gen1:26 ‘Let   us   make   mankind   in   our   own   image,   in   our   likeness,   so   that   they   may rule   over   the   fish   in   the   sea   and   the   birds   in   the   sky,   over   the   livestock   and all the wild animals and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ But   what   if   the   way   we   are   living   has   changed   the   planet,   so   that   what   God saw was ‘very good’ when he created it, is being spoiled? Loving   your   neighbour   -   Rom   13:10   ‘Love   does   no   harm   to   its   neighbour, therefore   love   is   the   fulfilment   of   the   law’   What   if   each   of   us   using   more   than our   fair   share   of   energy   and   resources   means   that   our   neighbour   can   no longer feed himself? Loving   God   -   I   Cor   10:31   ‘So   whether   you   eat   or   drink   or   whatever   you   do, do   it   all   for   the   glory   of   God.   ‘   What   if   my   ‘eating   and   drinking’   is   damaging God’s world and bringing dishonour to God and His church? We   all   want   to   live   in   a   way   that   brings   joy   to   God's   heart,   that   allows   others a   good   life   and   that   preserves   our   environment.   Exactly   how   to   do   it   is   the question.   I   would   love   to   explore,   discuss,   read   and   pray   about   these   issues with   others.   I   don't   have   the   answers   but   I’d   like   to   learn   and   find   practical ways   to   move   my lifestyle   in   a   direction   that   pleases   our   creator.   If   you would   like   to   join   me   in   this   exciting   (but   slightly   scary)   adventure   then please contact me, Alison Dennis.
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Orpington Baptist Church
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Climate Change Has   it   really   got   anything   to   do   with Christians?     It     doesn’t     sound     very spiritual!     Surely     being     a     Christian means:   Following   God’s   plan   -   Gen1:26 ‘Let    us    make    mankind    in    our    own image,    in    our    likeness,    so    that    they may   rule   over   the   fish   in   the   sea   and the   birds   in   the   sky,   over   the   livestock and   all   the   wild   animals   and   over   all the    creatures    that    move    along    the ground.’ But   what   if   the   way   we   are   living   has changed   the   planet,   so   that   what   God saw   was   ‘very   good’   when   he   created it, is being spoiled? Loving    your    neighbour    -    Rom    13:10 ‘Love   does   no   harm   to   its   neighbour, therefore   love   is   the   fulfilment   of   the law’    What    if    each    of    us    using    more than    our    fair    share    of    energy    and resources    means    that    our    neighbour can no longer feed himself? Loving   God   -   I   Cor   10:31   ‘So   whether you   eat   or   drink   or   whatever   you   do, do   it   all   for   the   glory   of   God.   ‘   What   if my   ‘eating   and   drinking’   is   damaging God’s   world   and   bringing   dishonour   to God and His church? We   all   want   to   live   in   a   way   that   brings joy   to   God's   heart,   that   allows   others   a good     life     and     that     preserves     our environment.   Exactly   how   to   do   it   is the   question.   I   would   love   to   explore, discuss,    read    and    pray    about    these issues    with    others.    I    don't    have    the answers   but   I’d   like   to   learn   and   find practical   ways   to   move   my lifestyle   in   a direction    that    pleases    our    creator.    If you    would    like    to    join    me    in    this exciting   (but   slightly   scary)   adventure then please contact me, Alison Dennis.
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OBC   is   a   strong   supporter   of   Churches   Together   in Orpington.    We    are    committed    to    outreach    and community    engagement    in    the    town    and    wider community.    We    believe    that    we    are    are    stronger together   in   Christian   unity.   Clink   on   the   logo   to   see more of the work of Churches Together.
Partnership
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OBC   is   a   strong   supporter of    Churches    Together    in Orpington.        We        are committed     to     outreach and                  community engagement    in    the    town and   wider   community.   We   believe   that we     are     are     stronger     together     in Christian   unity.   Clink   on   the   logo   to see    more    of    the    work    of    Churches Together.
Partnership
Orpington Baptist Church
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Academy: Academy    is    our    teaching    programme which   takes   palce   on   a   Sunday   morning whilst   the   main   service   is   going   on.   Our experienced    and    qualified    youth    team take      enormous      joy      in      teaching secondary    school    children    about    the bible and it’s relevance in today’s life.
Explore   is   a   group   for   school   years   7-13   on   Fridays   from   4-5   we   we   look at the Christian faith and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. The Hub - every Friday  in term time from 4 - 6.45. The   hub   is   a   place   where   all   secondary   school   children   can   come   and enjoy    some    activities    ranging    from    nerf    gun    fights,    challenges    and cooking   lessons   too.   From   4   -   5,   we   concentrate   on   the   Lord   and   seek   to encourage   more   of   Him   in   our   lives.   This   is   usually   led   in   the   way   of   an Alpha   Course   or   devotional   but   it’s   an   open   time   for   questions   to   be asked about faith and life.
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Youth
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Academy: Academy    is    our    teaching    programme which   takes   palce   on   a   Sunday   morning whilst   the   main   service   is   going   on.   Our experienced    and    qualified    youth    team take      enormous      joy      in      teaching secondary    school    children    about    the bible and it’s relevance in today’s life.
Explore   is   a   group   for   school   years   7- 13   on   Fridays   from   4-5   we   we   look   at the   Christian   faith   and   what   it   means to be a follower of Jesus. The   Hub   -   every   Friday      in   term   time from 4 - 6.45. The   hub   is   a   place   where   all   secondary school    children    can    come    and    enjoy some   activities   ranging   from   nerf   gun fights,   challenges   and   cooking   lessons too.   From   4   -   5,   we   concentrate   on   the Lord   and   seek   to   encourage   more   of Him   in   our   lives.   This   is   usually   led   in the     way     of     an     Alpha     Course     or devotional    but    it’s    an    open    time    for questions   to   be   asked   about   faith   and life.
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Youth
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Kidzone One – 5’s to 7’s     
Welcome to our weekly Children’s Activities at Orpington Baptist Church
Tiddlers    (Toddler    group)    for    pre-school    children with their families Term time ONLY Wednesdays 1.15pm and 2.45pm Upper hall via Tower Road- £1 weekly per family We    are    part    of    Churches    Together    In    Orpington,    Get Connected    –    Primary    School    children’s    events    during    the course of the year
Kidzone    runs    every    Sunday    mornings    part    way    through    the    main morning service
0’s to 3’s Kidzone Creche
OBC   School’s   Worker   –   Term   Time   Only   –   Christian Assemblies, Religious Education Lessons and Days
Children’s Alpha Course – (Using Youth Alpha) Thursday evenings 7pm to 8-30pm Term Time ONLY School years four, five and 6 ONLY Parent and Child/ren Drop In First Thursday of every month. Available from 3 - 5pm in person or by phone
Holiday     Club    Bible
Boy’s   and   Girl’s   Brigades,   for primary school children Meet   at   the   church   on   Monday and     Tuesday     nights     TERM TIME ONLY A   variety   of   activities   including BB  and GB badge work.
Holiday   Fun   –   During   the   course   of   the   year   for   a whole week For   Primary   School   children   –   Receiption   to   Year   six Inlcusive
Parenting   Courses   –   Adhoc   basis   throughout   the year
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Children
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Kidzone One – 5’s to 7’s     
Welcome to our weekly Children’s Activities at Orpington Baptist Church
Tiddlers     (Toddler     group)     for     pre- school children with their families Term time ONLY Wednesdays 1.15pm and 2.45pm Upper hall via Tower Road- £1 weekly per family We   are   part   of   Churches   Together   In Orpington,   Get   Connected   –   Primary School    children’s    events    during    the course of the year
Kidzone   runs   every   Sunday   mornings part    way    through    the    main    morning service
0’s to 3’s Kidzone Creche
OBC       School’s Worker   –   Term Time    Only    –    Christian Assemblies,        Religious Education     Lessons     and Days
Children’s   Alpha   Course   –   (Using   Youth Alpha) Thursday    evenings    7pm    to    8-30pm Term Time ONLY School years four, five and 6 ONLY Parent and Child/ren Drop In First Thursday of every month. Available   from   3   -   5pm   in   person   or   by phone
Holiday     Club    Bible
Boy’s   and   Girl’s   Brigades,   for   primary school children Meet   at   the   church   on   Monday   and Tuesday nights TERM TIME ONLY A    variety    of    activities    including    BB      and GB badge work.
Holiday   Fun   –   During   the   course   of   the year for a whole week For   Primary   School   children   –   Receiption to Year six Inlcusive
Parenting     Courses     –     Adhoc     basis throughout the year
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Children
3’s and 4’s Kidzone Beginners
Kidzone Two – 8’s to 11’s
JAM   (Jesus   and   Me)   Children’s         weekly discipleship group Wednesday Afternoon Term time ONLY Primary School Age 5’s to 11’s
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Tower   Preschool   is   part   of   the   outreach   to   our community     of     OBC.     Our     Christian     values underpin   all   aspects   of   the   excellent   preschool facility    that    we    provide.        Within    Tower    Pre- school   we   aim   to   nurture   and   maximise   the   full learning   potential   of   each   child,   and   foster   their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and
Our   Preschool   is   open   to   all   faiths or   none,   but   we   do   seek   to   provide a Church supported foundation. If    you    would    like    to    know    more please    ask    for    an    application    for your   child   or   arrange   a   visit   please phone our leader at the following: Mobile  : 07790 092144      Email   : towerps@live.co.uk
We would be delighted to help. ‘ We are here for you’
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Tower Pre-School
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Tower     Preschool is    part    of    the outreach       to o         u         r             of   OBC.   Our   v    a    l    u    e    s      underpin      all aspects    of    the e   x   c   e   l   l   e   n   t     preschool        facility that   we   provide.      Within   Tower Pre-school   we   aim   to   nurture   and maximise      the      full      learning potential   of   each   child,   and   foster their    spiritual,    moral,    cultural, mental and
Our   Preschool   is   open   to   all   faiths   or none,   but   we   do   seek   to   provide   a Church supported foundation. If    you    would    like    to    know    more please   ask   for   an   application   for   your child   or   arrange   a   visit   please   phone our leader at the following: Mobile  : 07790 092144      Email   : towerps@live.co.uk
We would be delighted to help. ‘ We are here for you’
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Tower Pre-School
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On Tuesday evenings OBC echoes to the noise of the 1st Orpington Girls’ Brigade Company. Girls   Brigade   is   a   Christian,   international   charity   working   alongside   girls   and   young   women   of   every background   ability   and   culture.      Our   company   is   one   of   the   thousand   or   so   spread   throughout   England   and Wales committed to the GB motto of “Seek, serve and follow Christ.” OBC   currently   runs   sections   for   all   the   GB   age   range   from   Explorers   (start   at   five   years   of   age)   through   to Juniors,   Seniors   and   Brigaders.      Our   leaders   are   trained   and   committed   Christian   women.      During   the   year, starting   in   September,   our   girls   progress   through   the   GB   badge   award   scheme.      Our   intention   is   for   them   to have fun, learn and develop skills, receive Christian teaching and make friends as they do so.  •   Judge   how   close   to   the   mark   we   get   from   this   recent   survey   of   Junior   girls.      Asked   why   they   like   GB,   they said: • Because we do cooking and games and camping • It is fun and to see my friend • I like learning about a lot of things I like going to camp • We can learn about Jesus and I like doing the different activities • I want to learn about Jesus • They do a lot of activities and cooking and I also like playing in the band • The fun parts about GB are cooking, dancing and going to camp. • and of course “to get away from our brothers.” - Well, you can’t win them all!!  The   company   takes   part   in   a   range   of   activities.      The   most   regular   of   these   is   the   weekly   evening   but monthly   church   parades   are   held   during   term   time.      The   parades   are   joint   events   with   OBC’s   Boys’   Brigade company   and   the   Sunday   morning   service   is   geared   to   the   companies’   members   and   their   supporting friends, relatives and parents. Among   big   band   revivals   must   be   counted   1st   Orpington   GB’s.      After   a   long   gap   company   members   have picked   up   their   instruments   to   bang   drums   and   blow   trumpets   once   more.      Under   able   leadership   they made   their   debut   at   the   recent   display   to   tumultuous   applause   and   we   look   forward   to   the   band   developing and increasing.  A   long-standing   tradition   of   the   company   is   the   annual   display   which   the   girls   and   officers   put   on   for supporters. Recently this has become a joint display with our BB company but next year – who knows??   Camp   features   on   the   menu   for   many   GB   companies.      1st   Orpington   has   experience   of   week-long   camps for   older   girls   in   venues   as   distant   as   Wales,   and   has   been   gaining   experience   more   recently   with   weekend camps   closer   to   home   for   our   Juniors.      The   company   has   enjoyed   using   other   churches   and   Outward   Bound types of centres as the bases for their camps but can link in with national events for the true outdoors.  GB   has   its   own   award   scheme   but   many   companies   look   for   every   opportunity   to   extend   their   girls.      At   OBC we   are   building   up   a   programme   leading   to   the   Duke   of   Edinburgh’s   Awards,   at   Bronze,   Silver   and   Gold levels,   and   results   so   far   are   most   encouraging.      Whenever   possible   we   look   for   activities   within   the company   to   count   towards   the   credit   needed   but   encourage   activities   outside   to   maintain   girls’   momentum and motivation.  GB   is   a   uniformed   organisation   and   girls   in   each   section   wear   the   appropriate   items.      The   company   has   a scheme   which   allows   girls   to   progress   through   the   sections   without   the   cost   of   the   uniform   being   a   burden to those who pay their bills!!  The   company   is   staffed   by   volunteers   but   other   costs   arise.      These   include   the   materials   for   the   activities and   obligatory   insurance   cover   met   by   payment   to   the   national   GB.      For   these   reasons   the   company charges all girls a subscription – usually payable termly or each year. The   Company's   Welcome   Pack   contains   more   information   about   the   company,   weekly   meeting   night arrangements,   company   code   of   conduct,   etc.      To   request   a   copy,   contact   Karen   Hicks   or   via   the   church office.      For   more   information   on   Girls’   Brigade’s   Awards   and   on   GB   nationally   and   internationally   visit   the GB National website
Girl’s Brigade
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On   Tuesday   evenings   OBC   echoes   to   the   noise   of   the 1st Orpington Girls’ Brigade Company. Girls    Brigade    is    a    Christian,    international    charity working   alongside   girls   and   young   women   of   every background   ability   and   culture.      Our   company   is   one of   the   thousand   or   so   spread   throughout   England   and Wales   committed   to   the   GB   motto   of   “Seek,   serve   and follow Christ.” OBC   currently   runs   sections   for   all   the   GB   age   range from   Explorers   (start   at   five   years   of   age)   through   to Juniors,    Seniors    and    Brigaders.        Our    leaders    are trained   and   committed   Christian   women.      During   the year,   starting   in   September,   our   girls   progress   through the   GB   badge   award   scheme.      Our   intention   is   for them   to   have   fun,   learn   and   develop   skills,   receive Christian teaching and make friends as they do so.  •   Judge   how   close   to   the   mark   we   get   from   this   recent survey   of   Junior   girls.      Asked   why   they   like   GB,   they said: • Because we do cooking and games and camping • It is fun and to see my friend •   I   like   learning   about   a   lot   of   things   I   like   going   to camp •    We    can    learn    about    Jesus    and    I    like    doing    the different activities • I want to learn about Jesus •   They   do   a   lot   of   activities   and   cooking   and   I   also   like playing in the band •   The   fun   parts   about   GB   are   cooking,   dancing   and going to camp. •   and   of   course   “to   get   away   from   our   brothers.”   - Well, you can’t win them all!!  The   company   takes   part   in   a   range   of   activities.      The most    regular    of    these    is    the    weekly    evening    but monthly   church   parades   are   held   during   term   time.     The   parades   are   joint   events   with   OBC’s   Boys’   Brigade company   and   the   Sunday   morning   service   is   geared   to the   companies’   members   and   their   supporting   friends, relatives and parents. Among    big    band    revivals    must    be    counted    1st Orpington   GB’s.      After   a   long   gap   company   members have   picked   up   their   instruments   to   bang   drums   and blow   trumpets   once   more.      Under   able   leadership   they made   their   debut   at   the   recent   display   to   tumultuous applause   and   we   look   forward   to   the   band   developing and increasing.  A   long-standing   tradition   of   the   company   is   the   annual display    which    the    girls    and    officers    put    on    for supporters.   Recently   this   has   become   a   joint   display with our BB company but next year – who knows??   Camp   features   on   the   menu   for   many   GB   companies.     1st   Orpington   has   experience   of   week-long   camps   for older   girls   in   venues   as   distant   as   Wales,   and   has been   gaining   experience   more   recently   with   weekend camps   closer   to   home   for   our   Juniors.      The   company has   enjoyed   using   other   churches   and   Outward   Bound types   of   centres   as   the   bases   for   their   camps   but   can link in with national events for the true outdoors.  GB   has   its   own   award   scheme   but   many   companies look   for   every   opportunity   to   extend   their   girls.      At OBC   we   are   building   up   a   programme   leading   to   the Duke   of   Edinburgh’s   Awards,   at   Bronze,   Silver   and Gold   levels,   and   results   so   far   are   most   encouraging.     Whenever   possible   we   look   for   activities   within   the company    to    count    towards    the    credit    needed    but encourage     activities     outside     to     maintain     girls’ momentum and motivation.  GB    is    a    uniformed    organisation    and    girls    in    each section   wear   the   appropriate   items.      The   company   has a   scheme   which   allows   girls   to   progress   through   the sections    without    the    cost    of    the    uniform    being    a burden to those who pay their bills!!  The   company   is   staffed   by   volunteers   but   other   costs arise.      These   include   the   materials   for   the   activities and   obligatory   insurance   cover   met   by   payment   to   the national   GB.      For   these   reasons   the   company   charges all   girls   a   subscription   –   usually   payable   termly   or each year. The     Company's     Welcome     Pack     contains     more information   about   the   company,   weekly   meeting   night arrangements,    company    code    of    conduct,    etc.        To request   a   copy,   contact   Karen   Hicks   or   via   the   church office.        For    more    information    on    Girls’    Brigade’s Awards   and   on   GB   nationally   and   internationally   visit the GB National website
Girl’s Brigade
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