14th - Woking Brownies meet the firefighters

For some people, the church can be a bit like a Tardis: it’s much bigger on the inside than it appears to be from the outside. We know our particular church building, squeezed between York Road and Mount Hermon Road in Woking, is a bit like that. It’s almost invisible from the road but, for those who step inside, there is a whole community which comes together, worships together, supports each other and serves our wider community.

In this series for Advent we want to open some windows so everyone can see a bit more of who we are and what goes on in a church like ours.


How many times have we all passed Woking’s new fire station in Goldsworth Road and wondered what it’s like to go inside and take a look around?  Well this is something that 6th Woking Brownies did last year.  Thanks to “Blue Watch”, we were shown what the firefighters wear, their equipment on board the engines and the tower and simulation rooms for training to work in a smoke filled environment.   Seeing one of our leaders being dressed up in the extremely heavy kit made us understand why being very fit is so essential to the job – she could hardly walk!  The fire crew were called into action whilst we were there adding a certain sense of awe at the speed they all got ready to go, doors opening, bells ringing…  

Brownies is part of Girlguiding, the largest organisation just for girls and young women and places a strong emphasis on community; after all part of our Promise includes the words “to serve the Queen and my community”.  Our community can be small, St Mary of Bethany Church where we have been meeting for almost 100 years, or include the whole of Woking or much bigger to include the world.  Our activities are fun and engaging as we continue to develop confidence and teach girls new skills for life.  Like the fire crew always ready, we hope our Brownies are always ready to do their best too and have a go at something new. 

I am pleased to be connected with some amazing volunteers who give so much time and energy.  There is something very special about being part of a global organisation with a shared set of values where often lasting friendships are made from the old to the very young.

Brownies (age 7+), Guides (age 10+) & Rangers (age 14+) all meet weekly at our church.  To find out more about Girlguiding and to register for a place go to www.girlguiding.org.uk  or email sixthwokingbrownies@yahoo.com.

Marie Clare Jarman – Unit Leader