GFS Australia Incorporated is an organisation within the Anglican Church which seeks to minister to children, youth and their families. Our Vision Statement gives us a clear direction for the work we undertake in the name of GFS:-
'To provide a vital ministry which will empower people to build a continuing relationship with Christ, to value themselves and one another, and to experience life within a faith community.'
We are passionate about Children's Ministry and believe it has much to offer parishes and communities across Australia. If you want to 'grow your Parish', GFS is certainly an avenue which can assist with this.
Declaration of Faith
The Nicene Creed is the declaration of my faith.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God.
Begotten not made,
of one being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Originally known as the Girls Friendly Society, GFS came to Australia from England in 1875 with the daughters of the new Governor to South Australia, the Ladies Jervois, and since that time has spread to all States in Australia, operating in 14 Anglican Dioceses. A number of years ago, the Australian National Executive made the decision to change the name to GFS - An Anglican Ministry. The reasoning for this was that the original name was deemed to be no longer a relevant or appropriate name in today's society. We retain the initials as part of this revised name, as GFS is a world-wide family and we are members of that world community.
In recent years to accommodate both the boys and girls now attending our groups in branches across Australia, the name Kids Plus+™ has begun to be used.