Report and photographs by John Kelly
A special service was held in Christ Church Parish, Lisburn on Sunday February 28 to celebrate 100 years of Guiding.
The rector, the Rev Paul Dundas conducted the service, which was organised by the leaders of 2nd Lisburn Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section Units. During the service Lucy Wallace of South Antrim Trefoil Guild gave an interesting introduction to Guiding and leaders and girls from each Guide section read the Scripture lessons and led prayers and items of celebratory praise.
Richard Yarr presided at the organ and together with the Parish Choir led the congregational praise that included the Guide Hymn. During his address, Mr Dundas handed out sweets to the Rainbow and Brownie Sections only – excluding the Guides and Trefoil Guild; he then asked them how they felt in being ‘left out’. He went on to explain that the guiding movement began in 1909 when a small group of young women gate crashed the Boy Scout rally at Crystal Palace Park in London and lobbied Robert Baden-Powell for ‘something for the girls.’
Mr Dundas then shared the sweets with the senior Guides to illustrate that similarly the Scout movement was opened up to include ‘something for girls.’ The Gospel of Jesus is about ‘inclusion’ when we experience his love and love him with our heart, soul and strength, he said. Mr Dundas then used the illustration of the “trefoil” made by the Guide section to speak about loving our neighbour as a sign of our common humanity and the friendships that are developed in such an amazing organisation for girls.
The service was followed by lunch in the church hall during which time Iris Levett, the most senior member of the South Antrim Trefoil Guild and little Evie Marks, the most junior member of 2nd Lisburn Rainbows cut a cake commemorating this historic occasion.