Entries by Barbara Harris


How to Talk to Youth About Bias

Join us to learn! We invite parents, leaders, clergy and adult supporters of GFS to a free workshop on Saturday, September 12, from 10AM to Noon, to become better skilled as youth leaders. We are presenting it in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League. Please watch this video of Margaret Nolde, President of the board of GFS-Los […]

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GFS responds to COVID-19 impact on girls

GFS responds to COVID-19 impact on girls GFS-LA has gone on many outings together – camp, beach parties and rally days. Now we are staying at home due to COVID-19, but to respond to the current needs of our girls, we have a new online event – Fly Away with GFS! Our skilled GFS-LA leaders […]


News from Philadelphia – Nya Thomas

Building Alheri Village – Yewande Austin Today we met Yewande Austin and she talked a lot about helping young people from terrorists and human trafficking in Nigeria. She is teaching people how to farm and how to make their own reusable pads. She is also trying to build a village for people who come back […]

News from Philadelphia – A Life Ignited

The speaker from A Life Ignited, Rhonda Kinard, gave a workshop that opened my eyes to see how powerful a women can be. One of her main focuses was leadership and how anyone can be a leader as long as they believe what they do is right and have a passion for reaching their goals. […]


News from Philadelphia – Junior Delegate

This year is my first year attending the GFS National Assembly. I had never experienced a business meeting before or knew how they functioned. I was given the honor of being the Junior Delegate for the Diocese of Los Angeles during the first session and now everything makes a whole lot more sense! Normally, I […]


News from Philadelphia – Opening Ceremonies

Today I served as a banner bearer for the GFS Diocese of Los Angeles. The Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia is truly beautiful, and set the perfect atmosphere for our small, intimate service. The stain glass panels displayed the several stages of Jesus’s ministry. The dean remarked that besides it’s beauty, the church is unique in […]

Girls’ Friendly Society Marks 140 Years!

  For 140 years the Girls’ Friendly Society has been helping girls and young women to make their way in an often uncertain society. This year we celebrate 140 years of providing education and shelter for women. Although our focus has changed over the years from training to formation, our dedication to helping create a […]


Folding Palm Crosses

    It is a GFS tradition to make palm crosses for the church for use on Palm Sunday. Gather your girls for a meeting the day before Palm Sunday and learn this fun craft. There are many how to videos and instructions online. Below are two versions of the cross to try. Each requires […]


The Lillies of the Field

This week we are all preparing for the Annual Fashion Show and Tea. As part of our meeting, we are using this devotional. It is timely and so appropriate as we prepare our fashions from recycled materials! Consider the Lilies of the Field, Matthew 6:25-33 By Lois Parker Edstrom OBJECTS SUGGESTED: A clothing catalog or advertising pages […]