BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ BRIGADE
MOTTO: BB–SURE AND STEADFAST; GB–FOLLOW CHRIST
The group called the 47th and 47th Accra Companies, Boys and Girls Brigade was formed in 1995 by Catechist A.D.C. Johnson, former Captain of the 2nd Accra Company – La Bethel Congregation.
Inaugurated and Enrolled on Sunday 13th July, 1997 after two years in existence, the group operated under the leadership of Capt. Daniel Akakpo Allotey and Capt. Thelma Addo as elected Captains, with Lt. Alex Appertey as General Secretary, Lt. Robert Quarshie as Treasurer, Lt. and Edwin Okang-Wo as Financial Secretary. The offices that enrolled included Rev. Neils Hesse as Chaplain, A.D.C Johnson – Catechist, Robert A. Gogo, Lt. Mercy Sowah, Lt. Benjamin A. Mensah – Wo, Edward A. Mensah – WO, Emmanuel V. Tettey – WO, Bernice Mantey-Wo, Celestina Aboagye, Lt. Vida Sowah, Lt. Rebecca Famanyame and Lt. Doris Pokua.
The Brigade had its second Enrollment ceremony on Sunday 8th July, 1999 where some members earned promotions to higher ranks and other probationers became full fledged members.
In 2017, Lt. Robert Quarshie was elevated to the status of a Captain
The group features prominently in a number of activities including induction services, farewell services, fund raising events, music festivals and other special events. They also provide brass band music during processions and other related events organized not only by the La Nativity Congregation but also other sister branches within and outside the La District.
The group engage themselves in bible studies, prayer meetings, fire fighting, hiking, camp meeting, expeditions, Head of State Awards Schemes (HOSA), clean ups, first aid treatments, just to mention a few.
A few successes have been chalked by the group. One of which is the awarding of a Gold Badge to Mr. Robert Ashirifie Gogo having successfully completed the HOSA scheme.
The Nativity Brigade marks its 20th Anniversary celebration this year, 2017 with a series of activities lined up. The celebration, which will bring together foundational and current members of the Brigade from far and near, is tailored at further enhancing spiritual and physical growth of members through programmes like: a talk on the theme; When the Holy Spirit moves, You will endure as a soldier of Jesus Christ (1Timothy 6:12); Awareness creation Float, clean up exercise; Career and Counselling sessions; Music and parade night among others.
Robert Quarshie – Boys’ Captain
Vida F. Sowah – Girl’s Captain
Delinda Baffour Yaw – Secretary
Jonathan tettey – Financial Secretary
Emma Akorfa Apetorgbor – Treasurer
Benjamin Alah Mensah – Band Coordinator
BOYS’ BRIGADE ANTHEM
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll
Fastened to the rock which cannot move
Grounded firm and deep in the saviour’s love
GIRLS’ BRIGADE ANTHEM
Lord, for our Girls’ Brigade
We humbly seek Thy blessing
We bow before Thy throne
Our weaknesses confessing
O’ Lord we are so frail
But Thou art great and strong
So give us grace to stand
And triumph over all
OBJECT OF THE BOYS’ BRIGADE
The Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among Members
and the promotion of habits of Obedience,
Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect
and all that tends towards a true Christian Character.
GIRLS’ BRIGADE AIM AND PRINCIPLE
To help girls become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ
and through self control, reverence and a sense of responsibility
to find true enrichment of life”.
PRINCIPLES OF THE GIRLS’ BRIGADE
1) The Brigade acknowledges Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord according to the Scriptures and seeks to fulfill its aim to the glory of one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2) The Brigade witnesses to the standard set by Jesus Christ and gives positive teaching on the Christian attitude to life.
3) The Brigade promotes a just society where all people are equally valued.
Bless, Our God, The Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade,
and give to it greater power to advance Thy Kingdom throughout the world.
Grant in Thy mercy that, every Member, past and present,
may prove steadfast in their fight against evil,
and true in their allegiance to Thee.
Help us in times of temptation;
make us strong where we are weak;
give us courage in difficulty;
faithfulness in duty; loyalty in friendship;
and finally, by Thy mercy, bring us into Thine everlasting Kingdom,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!