WHAT ARE GIRLS CLUBS & HOW DID GIRLS CLUBS BEGIN?
Girls Clubs are an outreach of the Department of Women’s Ministries to assist the local church in teaching our girls victorious living.
As a result of prayer and vision, the International Department of Women's Ministries initiated Young Ladies Ministries in 1969. The department was seeking to minister to and train young women in Christian graces and lifestyle. The vision was prompted by the desire to obey the scriptural admonition which exhorts the older women to teach the younger women.
As the Young Ladies Ministry (YLM) grew in numbers, the need for clubs for younger girls was realized. Therefore, Joy Belles was introduced in 1974, Bluebelles in 1984, and Little Sweethearts in 2002.
These clubs are the result of the giving of many hours of dedication and concern by a number of precious women servants who cared enough to share their time, energy, and special abilities. Those who first saw the need and initiated this ministry are now joined by the many coordinators, counselors, prayer mothers, pastors' wives, and laywomen who foster and promote this successful ministry today and into the future.
Our preschool girls learn who Jesus is, how special they are to Him, and how they can share His love through Bible stories, hands-on activities, and merit badge studies. Projected availability for this new curriculum is October 2003.
For girls in the first, second and third grades. Primary girls are provided exciting learning experiences through a three-year achievement series, Bluebelles Bible Explorations, merit badge studies, and group activities.
For girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Junior girls are provided with group activities, an exciting three-year achievement program, Journeys With Joy Belles, and merit badge studies.
YOUNG LADIES MINISTRIES (YLM)
YLM is a club for young women in grades seven through twelve – meeting one or more times a month. It is an outreach ministry to draw girls first to the church, then to Christ as their Savior. The girls do not have to be members of the Church of God or Christians. The highest aspiration, however, is that each one will become saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit.
The YLM program provides teen girls with an achievement incentive, options for service projects, and social activities for the purpose of developing personal excellence and establishing a personal relationship with Christ as she discovers biblical patterns for living. Other important elements if these programs are promotion of healthy choices, Christian’s leadership training, Christian fellowship and recreation, and opportunities for witnessing to peers.
The YLM Connection: Relationships and Beyond is a three – year program curriculum series structured for maximum flexibility and a variety of group sizes and meeting frequencies. The curriculum’s main focus is that of the YLM girls’ relationships in four specifics areas: God, themselves, others and the church. Each section contains six lessons for a total of twenty-four power sessions per year. The class sessions address relevant issues relating to common concerns of teens today and can be taught in any order, depending on the specific needs of individual groups.