Girls and Boys Brigade Enrolment Service
The annual enrolment service of 157th Girls’ Brigade Company and 2 nd
Ballynahinch Boys’ Brigade Company took place on Sunday evening 13th
October at Ballynahinch Congregational Church. The church was packed as Rev
Dr George Speers welcomed the large congregation of family and friends. He
paid tribute to the ongoing encouragement from parents and the many
volunteer leaders and helpers engaged in the work of the GB and BB on a
weekly basis. The challenge of maintaining the attention of the younger boys
and girls was down to guest speaker Miss Julie Fenton from Child Evangelism
GB Company Captain Joy Hall commented, “If you are looking for a fun youth
organisation for your daughter to attend, then why not check out our Girls’
Brigade Company as we have a range of activities to cater for all girls. It is a
great place to meet life-long friends, encourage girls to be more confident and
freer to be themselves. We operate a varied programme through the GB
session appealing to all girls’ interests. Girls work towards badges in four key
areas – spiritual, physical, educational and service. Feel free to contact us and
we will be happy to tell you all about our GB Company and the programme we
have planned for this coming GB session.”
BB Company captain Mark Bell has called on all boys to join the adventure at
2nd Ballynahinch Boys’ Brigade. Mark said, “Today we are passionate about
building bridges into local communities and engaging children & young people
(aged 4 to 19+) by means of weekly groups, special events, local District and
province-wide competitions, community involvement and training
programmes. The Boys’ Brigade offers an experience of life beyond what is
possible in school or at home. We believe that by participating in exciting
activities, making new friends, having fun and finding out about faith, children
and young people can discover and develop their potential.”
For further information, keep up to date on the 2nd Ballynahinch Boys’
Brigade and Ballynahinch Congregational Girls Brigade Facebook pages.
2nd Ballynahinch are Northern Ireland Champions
There was success for 2nd Ballynahinch Boys’ Brigade in the Northern Ireland District Junior Section 5-a-side tournament on April 13th at the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt.
13 teams representing 13 Battalions took part in a round robin style competition of two groups to decide the four semi-finalists. Each of these teams taking part had won their local Battalion 5 a side competition earlier this year, so it paved the way for an array of talent and closely decided games.
2nd Ballynahinch, the Down Battalion representatives, were drawn in Group 2 with 5 other Battalion winners. In their first game of the day 2nd Ballynahinch narrowly beat 1st Pettigo from West Ulster 2-1, with both goals coming from Scott Hamilton. Goal keeper Kyle Steenson ensured this would be the last ball he would let past him for the remainder of the tournament.
The second match against a very disciplined 1st Milltown end in a 0-0 draw, however, the confidence gaining Ballynahinch boys went on to beat the eventual group runners-up, 1st Banagher from Londonderry 2-0 with a goal each from Scott Hamilton and Andrew Shannon. Andrew Shannon went on to score a double in the next match with Scott Hamilton scoring a third to beat 1st Muchamore 3-0 who were representing Antrim District.
A win in the final game of the group against 2nd Ballymena would ensure top spot and two goals from Scott Hamilton cemented this position. There was good competitive football on show in Group 2 and all of it was played in a great spirit.
After not getting beyond the group stage last year, 2nd Ballynahinch came into this tournament with some unfinished business to do. Strong defending and hard ‘box to box’ work from Aaron Murray and Benjamin McCarten kept the opposition teams at bay, whilst Dylan McCandless, in his first taste of this competition played some lovely balls through to Andrew Shannon and Scott Hamilton in front of goal.
In the other highly competitive Group 1 round robin, 2nd Ballynahinch were drawn against group runners-up 4th Newtownabbey BB Company. Following some good quick passing, it took less than two minutes for Scott Hamilton to find the net again before this game was sealed with a goal from Andrew Shannon to set up a clash with Group 1 winners 1st Ballyclare in the final.
The team were rewarded for all their hard work and patience in the final when the ball dropped nicely to Scott Hamilton to slot home into the corner of the goal with 90 seconds remaining on the clock. 2nd Ballynahinch held their nerve to see out the victory.
Congratulating the team, Company Captain, Mark Bell said: “The boys worked their socks off in every game and were absolutely brilliant. We couldn’t have asked any more of them. Our Company have never won this competition before and we are really proud of the effort every boy put in and their commitment to want to represent 2nd Ballynahinch Boys’ Brigade Company. Thank you to all the boys, officers and parents for coming along and supporting the boys, it has been well worth it”.
Top Goal Scorer Scott Hamilton with Trophy
Junior Section football team.
(Back row left to right) Andrew Shannon, Kyle Steenson and Benjamin McCarten.
(Front row left to right) Aaron Murray, Scott Hamilton and Dylan McCandless.
Jamie Graham, Battalion heat winner, missing from photo.
More news about the BB Display 2019 can be found on their page.
Members of the leadership team from the local church in Bangalore attended by Rev Henna Singson were pleased to attend the graduation service at South Asia Institute of Advances Christian Studies
in Bangalore”. We wish Henna every blessing as he returns to ministry with the Congregational Church of India at his home district of Churachandpur in Manipur, Northern India.
The latest news from Henna Singson can be found on his page under the Missions link.