For GFS Grant information and forms, see below.
What is GFS?
GFS Australia Incorporated is an organisation within the Anglican Church which seeks to minister to children, youth and their families. Our Vision Statement gives us a clear direction for the work we undertake in the name of GFS:
‘To provide a vital ministry which will empower people to build a continuing relationship with Christ, to value themselves and one another, and to experience life within a faith community.’
We are passionate about Children’s Ministry and believe it has much to offer parishes and communities across Australia. If you want to ‘grow your Parish’, GFS is certainly an avenue which can assist with this.
Originally known as the Girls Friendly Society, GFS came to Australia from England in 1875 with the daughters of the new Governor to South Australia, the Ladies Jervois, and since that time has spread to all States in Australia, operating in 14 Anglican Dioceses. A number of years ago, the Australian National Executive made the decision to change the name to GFS – An Anglican Ministry. The reasoning for this was that the original name was deemed to be no longer a relevant or appropriate name in today’s society. We retain the initials as part of this revised name, as GFS is a world-wide family and we are members of that world community.
In recent years to accommodate both the boys and girls now attending our groups in branches across Australia, the name KidsPlus+ has begun to be used.
What is KidsPlus+?
Kids Plus+™ is a registered, alternative name for groups who wish to minister under the auspices of GFS, however Kids Plus+ groups have a separate identity.
They may follow the traditional single sex model or minister to both boys and girls. In most dioceses, Kids Plus+ groups pay fees to GFS and receive in return, leader training, resources and voting rights on National Council.
Many dioceses have found that parishes welcome the flexibility that Kids Plus+ offers in ministry to children.
Expressions of interest in establishing a Kids Plus+ group should be made to the Diocesan Chairman.
What we do
A balanced program of activities that provide fun, fellowship, and spiritual growth in our children (from age 4), our youth and adult members.
Some of what we do includes:
· Weekly branch meetings with a variety of games and other activities. Find out more about branches by finding a group.
· Branch, district, and diocesan camps and other activities are run regularly.
· Triennially, a national camp is held for the age 13-17 group and another for the 18-30 age group.
· Some adult members meet as groups called Townsend Fellowships – after Mary Elizabeth, the founder of GFS.
Ring Mrs Margaret Humphries at the GFS Brisbane Office (located at the MEC, Milton) on Tuesdays during term time.
Phone: (07) 3514 7451
Fax: (07) 3369 4691
Postal: PO Box 1261, Milton, QLD 4064
GFS Grant Applications
GFS: An Anglican Ministry in the Diocese of Brisbane makes available a limited number of financial grants to Anglican parishes and agencies who wish to provide a ‘one-off’ (special) event for children in their parish. Interested groups are invited to apply for one of these grants of up to $1500. These grants can be applied for at any time during the year, but will be awarded based on the conditions and guidelines stated in the documents attached.
GFS: An Anglican Ministry is also making available a limited number of financial grants of up to $500 (one grant per parish per year) to groups who provide a Christian ministry to children/youth.
All applications must be made on the official forms found below. Please read the forms carefully and follow all directions. Note that one condition of receiving a grant is that the leader of the ministry is required to become a member of GFS Australia (with an annual fee currently set at $30). The GFS membership form is found below.
Any enquiries regarding these grants or the process involved should be directed to Mrs Margaret Humphries at the GFS Office on (07) 3514 7451 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.