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Women free to be themselves at GOD group

Women free to be themselves at GOD group

Women free to be themselves at GOD group

12 May 2016

The Brisbane Streetlevel Mission "G.O.D" group provides a relaxed environment for women to connect.

By Simone Worthing

Group outings, guest speakers, op-shopping, serving others, and honouring special events in people’s lives are just some of the weekly events ladies look forward to at the Brisbane Streetlevel Mission’s women’s group.

The G.O.D (Girls Only Day) group meets every Friday morning and is focused on doing life together. “It’s casual, but it’s not just coffee and chatting,” said Denise Smart who helps coordinate events. “We bring God into it at every step. The connection we have is that none of us are stereotypical.”

The ladies have been challenged by group discussions, learned new skills in art, cooking and hairdressing, served at Streetlevel, community and other corps events, and enjoyed trips to the beach, local museums, and city parks. Many of them also attend women’s ministries camps and conferences. The group occasionally meets with the Streetlevel men for a combined day out.

“Meeting people, making good friends, learning something new and seeing a purpose is why I come to the girls’ group,” said Lynda, who attends each week. “I have good friends, but this group is my family.” Dusty, another group member, feels that she can be herself at the group. “We accept each other here for who we really are, we drop the masks and we support one another,” she said.

Marilyn Whitfield, who founded the group in 2013 and is part of the ongoing leadership team, felt God leading her to create a place for all women at Streetlevel, as well as those who were passing through. “The group is a place where the girls feel loved, accepted and encouraged,” she said. “Women need a place like that.

“God was showing me that, as a mother, aunty, sister, friend – I could care for women and women could care for other women. This is the family God gave me and includes those I am blessed to serve in my phone ministry as well. God and I are on this journey together.”

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