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Girls Brigade

The story of the Girls’ Brigade begins with an experience on a chilly Saturday afternoon in the year 1893. The girls of Sandymount Presbyterian Church had met as usual for their singing practice. Ms Margaret Lyttle was their conductor. The day of the annual Sabbath School Meeting was approaching; there were songs to be learnt and words as well as music
to be rehearsed.

Somehow, on this occasion, the singer seemed to be feeling the cold. Perhaps the wind blowing in from Dublin Bay nearby was harsher than usual that day. At any rate, Ms Lyttle thought some physical drill would warm up the members of the group. The effect was immediate. The idea caught on. The girls were delighted and some began to ask that this drill should in future be a regular part of their Saturday program.

Apparently, some of the girls told their brothers in the Boys’ Brigade about this drill and on an afternoon in early October, one girl suggested that the singer should call themselves “The Girls’ Brigade”.

In this spontaneous way, the name of a great worldwide organization arose. Ms Lyttle could scarcely have imagined that the Girls’ Brigade would, in years to come, be represented in each of the five continents by flourishing companies of girls from many nations.

The Girls’ Brigade as we know it today is a combination of three much older organizations for girls, which were joined together in 1968. These were:

  • The Girls’ Brigade formed in Dublin in 1893
  • The Girls’ Guildry formed in Scotland in 1900
  • The Girls’ Life Brigade formed in England in 1902

The Girls’ Brigade is an international, inter-church and uniformed organization. Today, the Brigade is operating in 61 countries and about 62 companies in Malaysia as of 2010.

In Sarawak, the First Kuching Company Girls’ Brigade was started by Ms REK Duncombe from England, who was then the Principal of St Mary’s Secondary School, Kuching. With four officers and forty girls, the First Kuching Company was enrolled in June 1967 at St Thomas’s Cathedral, Kuching.

Today, the weekly meetings are held every Saturday afternoon in the St Thomas’s Cathedral, Parish Hall. All sections, including the Cadets (6-9 years old), Juniors (10-12 years old), Seniors (13-15 years old) and Pioneers (16 years old – 21 years old) will fall in together for opening prayer and roll call at 2pm. Praise & worship, Bible classes and Achievement Class – learning living skills and drill are the important activities during the meeting, as our program are based on 4-square, namely Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Social.

Girls, having games session during Logos visits

GB & BB Chinese New Year Gathering 2012

Girls learning Fire Setting for Survival Camp



A picture with Mothers & Girls

Enrollment 2012

Girls in action… preparing delicious food during Parish Sales

National Officers Retreat cum AGM in KL, from 26th May to 29th May 2012

1st Kuching Officers Leading Praise & Worship during Officers Retreat in KL

1st Kuching Officers during AGM

Treasure Hunt around KL town

Daily Services in The Cathedral

Morning Services   6.15 a.m. Except on Wednesday
  6.30 a.m. Wednesday
Holy Communion   6.30 a.m. Except on Wednesday
  5.30 p.m. Wednesday
Evening Services   4.00 p.m. Except on Wed. and Sat.
  5.00 p.m. Wednesday
Sunday Services   6.45 a.m. Holy Communion in English
  8.15 a.m. Solemn Liturgy in English*
  10:00 a.m. Holy Communion in Chinese
  5:30 p.m. Evensong in English with Sermon and Holy Communion
  • In Bahasa Malaysia on 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month at the Parish Hall.
  • In Iban on 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month at the Parish Hall.

Parish Office Hours

Monday to Friday   8.30 a.m - 4.30p.m
Saturday   8.30 a.m - 12.30 p.m
Sundays and Public Holidays   Closed
Prayer Meetings Clergy (every Friday)   9.00 a.m - 10.00 a.m

Infant Baptism

  • In English : 1st Sunday of the month
  • In Iban : 3rd Sunday of the month
  • In Chinese : 4th Sunday of the month