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17TH EK BROWNIES - February Report 2021
Last week at Brownies we asked the girls to come with 2 stars and a wish.
2 stars - two positives things that happened in 2020
1 wish - what do they wish for 2021, here goes:-
- ·getting back to school
- ·going swimming
- ·going horse riding
- ·I got a new little cousin called Loga
- ·my gran and grandad didn't get Covid
- ·getting Chase a rescue dog
- ·going to the caravan
- ·zooming with the Brownies
- ·getting a mobile so I can speak to my friends
- ·learning to dive and flipping under
- ·everyone who needs the vaccine gets it
- ·no more Covid
- ·get back to school and Brownies
- ·I want to have a sleepover with my Gran
- ·to bake more
- ·move up a level at swimming
- ·everyone to be healthy and happy
- ·move up a garage at Tae Kwon Do
- ·get back training with my football team
Millie, in addition to her wishes and stars, also drew this picture, it made me and all the leaders smile and that smile is passed onto our church family.
Keep safe and well, Girls & Leaders from 17th EK Brownies
17TH EK RAINBOWS AND BROWNIES (January Report)
We have continued to keep in touch with all our girls through Zoom and like most people, it has encouraged us all to learn new IT skills. The girls have been busy with various activities;
Christmas crafts - the girls all received craft packs before our Zoom event where they made advent Santa Calendars, gift tags, decorated baubles, cards etc. I would like to thank all our leaders for their support and sharing some of their craft ideas with us all.
Panto - the girls took part in not one but two panto's this year via Zoom. Girlguiding gave us Sisterhood in the Wood, a little bit like Babes in the Wood but not a traditional panto. On asking the girls for feedback, one of the Brownies said not enough "behind yous" or booing and hissing but she did give it 7 out of 10. Then along came Jack and the Beanstalk more traditional but still didn't make up for our annual visit to The Village Theatre to see the EK Rep Panto.
Christingle Sunday 20th Dec 4pm - this for me is one of these moments when I feel the Christ Child is on the way. Anne very kindly hosts an annual Christingle for all our Guiding units. This year again via Zoom we joined with our Sunday School families and put some light into the world at this darkest time. A huge thank you to the Kelly girls for reading and Iain Shaw for pulling everything together plus wonder hymns.
Glebe St Garden - my plans to have all the childrens’ decorated stones into the garden has failed to happen but I promise they will appear there early January. So you don't miss out please see a sneak preview below.
Despite everything happening in the world at the moment, we can never be separated from Gods love or the wonder and splendour of his creation in all its glory as displayed tonight at Kingsgate (picture on the next page).
On behalf of all the girls and leaders we wish all our Church Family a safe and more settled 2021.
Christine Tweedie - 17th EK Rainbows & Brownies plus All our wonderful Owls xx
November 2020 - Where are the girls?
While we are all living in these uncertain times, it is good to know some things are normal - like the autumn colours on the trees. We are meeting up with the girls every week on Zoom and doing a variety of activities from badges, skills builders, games, cooking, art work etc. We are currently working on the garden at Glebe St. We will soon be adding our decorated stones and we hope you enjoy the finished article.
Shoebox Appeal 2020 - at this time normally, we would be well into our preparations and our children would be looking forward to packing the boxes. This year to support Blythswood Care, the charity who transport the boxes, we need to do things differently. If you'd like to make a donation, please email Blythswood Care at:
Blythswood also have a Christmas Gift catalogue:
Order line 01349 830777
If you don't have email access and would like to make a monetary donation please contact me to make arrangements and I will happily send to Blythswood on your behalf.
Let's continue to share God's love and bring a smile to people's faces this year when so many people face lots of challenging times.
Finally, all our guiding units have been working hard to gain numerous badges. On behalf of us all we would like to share the 'Conquering the Covid Crisis' badge with our church family as the words say it all.
On behalf of all the girls and leaders please keep safe and healthy
Christine Tweedie (Brown Owl)
From the July EKO
From the middle of May we have been‘Zooming’ with our girls. It has been absolutely fabulous getting the chance to see them and hear what they been up to during lockdown. Although Zoom hasn't been for everyone our numbers have been good so we have kept things going but we will stop this term on Tuesday 23rd with a Zoom Beach Party. The girls have been encouraged to work on badges at home and I have two girls who have completed 6 each! Amazing! We try with the limited time available to work on our programme, so the break-out rooms have been great letting the Rainbows & Brownies work independently. The Brownies should have been at camp from 5-7th June but no Gowanpark for us this year. On the Friday when we were due to leave, I contacted all the parents. I asked the kids to sleep somewhere different over the weekend, some excellent pictures taken and camp tradition to have French toast for breakfast with their family on the Sunday. Small gestures but we still marked this annual event and the good news, already booked 6-8th June 2021, but don't tell the Brownies as they don't know. As the lockdown starts to ease we hope all our Church Family continues to be safe and well in these exceptional times
From all the
March 20 EKO Report
On February 22nd, every year, we celebrate thinking day and our World Wide Guiding Family. We make this a special event and this year the girls decided to celebrate guiding in Australia and came prepared with facts, information and souvenirs (picture below) They were very concerned about the Australian bush fires, sea pollution and its impact on the Great Barrier Reef. Our citizens of tomorrow are certainly tuned into the environment.
Tues 25th - we celebrated pancake Tuesday, an annual event.
We are doing a project on Fair Trade Fortnight, which started on Mon 24th. This year it’s all about coca growers and chocolate, so how
about trying the recipes. (In the EKO see Pages 9, 10, 11 & 12 pull-out section).
Preview for March
The girls want to give something back to our community and wider world by fundraising for toilettwinning.org.We want to raise £300.00 to help people get access to a safe loo, clean water and hygiene education. We would welcome your help and support by coming along to our ‘Afternoon Tea’ on Sat 21st in the Glebe St Hall from 11:00 - 15.00. EVENT POSTPONED
From all the girls & leaders
February 2020 Report on What's Happening - Guides, Brownies, Rainbows?
Nov 2019 Annual Shoebox Appeal - 180 boxes packed + extras, £280.00 to assist with transportation. All donations went to Blythswood Care who sent them on our behalf to those in most need. A huge thank you to our Church Family for your continued support to make this happen and my invisible team of box wrappers and packers, we couldn't do this without YOU!
December 2019 - we usually decorate one of the church windows for advent and ask the girls for their ideas. This year they decided on an eco friendly tree using recycled waste. Unfortunately the tree didn't make it to the window!
On Saturday 7th Dec, the girls sang to the residents at McKillop Gardens and this has now become an annual event. The girls really enjoyed the interaction with the residents and they would love us to go back at Easter. After lunch it was panto time, oh yes it was, Mother Goose. Big surprise when the girls got invited onto the stage to get pictures taken with the cast, fab end to a great day.
On Tues 10th, we had a Rainbow/Brownie Christingle service. This was well attended by the girls and their families and let them experience the light of Christ shining on the world at the darkest time of the year.
We ended the term with our joint Christmas party on Tuesday 17th where girls exchanged £1.00 gifts like a secret Santa.
Nearly forgot: we also squeezed in a visit to the cinema to see a Guiding only viewing of Frozen 2 where all the girls received a special commemorative badge.
Jan 2020 - we are busy working through the new Guiding programme and plans for other events later in the year like our annual camp, we will keep you posted but we would like to close by wishing all our Church Family a Happy New Year.
From All the Girls & Leaders
'Future Girls Plastic Promise' (Guides/Brownies/Rainbows Project):
The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are taking part in the 'Future Girls Plastic Promise' Acts Week from 30th to 6th October.
We will be making a promise to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic. As such we are in need of clean green-coloured plastic bottles (like 'Sprite'), and milk/bottle tops/caps, plastic packaging. Please help us by saving your plastic and recycle these in to the hands of the Rainbow, Brownies and Guides by the end of November. (They meet in the Glebe St Hall on Tuesdays 5.30pm - 9pm if it helps, but we can probaby arrange to receive donations at the church - more to follow on this. Many thanks, (Lorraine Kerr, Rainbow Leader)