GFS is a place of friendship and belonging where God's love is shared

GFS World

Girls Friendly Society (known as GFS in many parts of the world)

Is a worldwide organisation within the Anglican Communion. We provide ministries in a safe and accepting environment where Christ’s love is evident and the Gospel is proclaimed. Initially formed for women and girls, today there is a growing male membership in some countries. GFS offers programs for evangelism, support, empowerment, education and encouragement, sometimes in partnership with both secular and sacred organisations.  Membership in some countries is now open to male as well as female.  In many countries there is a strong link with Mothers Union and link organisations within the Anglican Communion. The World body is governed by a set of guidelines with each GFS country operating under their own constitution/rules but adhering to the basic purpose of bringing others to Christ and service to others through the various programs offered. The world body meets every three years in the country of the World President, where delegates from each GFS country (and observers) meet together to review and share their work.  A World Project/s is chosen for the coming three years, concentrating on growing and strengthening GFS in developing countries, with particular emphasis on programs for young women and children. South Africa is where the next World Council was due to meet in 2020 but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic this has been cancelled. To keep up with all the World GFS News please visit the GFS Worldwide website by clicking here.


It once seemed impossible to even think we could be contemplating it, but now GFS South Africa are inviting us to join them for the World council in South Africa from 3 – 11th August in 2023.

You will find below the registration forms and other information needed for World Council 2023.

It is also possible to pay a fee to participate via Zoom for the world council ($750 approximately).

If you are interested please note that you need to pay a deposit by the 11th of November 2022 (this year). Your application needs to be endorsed with the Australian President’s signature (Suzanne Claire) before being sent to South Africa.

Please check with appropriate authorities (DFAT for travel advice and restrictions) as you consider your position. It may also be prudent to check insurance coverage and cancellation policies etc. if you are considering travelling next year. We know things are fluid at the moment but best not to be caught. We were very lucky to have been refunded from the last travel but maybe not so another time!

Julie Somerville
GFS Australia National Secretary


GFS World Council online application 2023

Info sheet in relation to registrations WC 2023


Each year a GFS World Country takes turns to produce the GFS World Day of Prayer on or around the 29th of September.  In 2021 the World Day of Prayer has been prepared by GFS Sierra Leone.  if you would like to join us we will be meeting via Zoom on Saturday 25th September at 1pm Australian EST.  If you would like to join us you can email us here  for the login details or check the GFS Australia Facebook event to join us. 

Traditionally the offertory from the WDOP is given to the current World Project.

If you wish or deposit your donation into the GFS World Project Account directly , please use the account below with your name as the reference:

ANZ Bank  BSB 016 494 Account number 185762641
Please note this is the direct account for the World Project NOT the GFS Australia general account



The World Project for 2021-2023 is in Cameroon.  The proposal and outline of the project can be downloaded here:


This is where the money from the GFS World Day of Prayer will be donated for the next 2 years.