Friday, February 13, 2015

Girl Scout Sunday in Suffolk

Each year, Girl Scouts across the country celebrate Girl Scout Sunday as an opportunity for girls to be recognized as Girl Scouts in their place of worship. On Sunday, February 8, members of Girl Scout Troop 5357 took part in a similar recognition during Scouting Ministries Sunday at Main Street United Methodist Church in Suffolk. For the special day Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts worked together to integrate the youth into the service.

Girl Scout Troop 5357
The service began with a processional of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, who then led the congregation in the Pledge of Allegiance. Each scout group also recited their respective promises. During the service, Girl Scout Senior Paris read the day’s scripture and Girl Scout Junior Claire read the prayer of dedication. The youngest scouts worked together to perform choreography during a song written for the centennial celebration of Main Street United Methodist Church, Joy! Girl Scout Brownies Kate and Claire served as ushers for the offering.

Girl Scout Cadette Maggie
During the service, Pastor Myrtle Hatcher invited all Girl Scout and Boy Scout volunteers to kneel at the altar and then led a prayer in their honor as the scouts came forward and placed a hand on the shoulders of their adult mentors. Pastor Hatcher also talked about the rich history of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts at Main Street United Methodist Church and the benefits of these leadership organizations for boys and girls.

Prior to the service, both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts shared the history of their organizations with the congregation through the display of archive materials, including old handbooks, uniforms and patches.

If you're planning an upcoming Girl Scout Sunday or Girl Scout Sabbath event, you can find bulletin covers or inserts for this special occasion here.