Saddleworth girl guides get creative to learn about religion

AROUND 130 Saddleworth District girl guides got hands on to learn about different religions at a special ‘World Thinking Day’ event.

Girls from Senior Sections, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows packed out the Civic Hall in Uppermill for the event, which coincided with the birthday of Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell.

The girls spent the afternoon trying out various craft activities relating to different religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and spirits of nature.

Brightly coloured notes filled a ‘thinking tree’ with the girls’ ideas and suggestions while others created, coloured and even knitted religious symbols.

And all the units – 14 from the Saddleworth district – gathered together at the end in the centre of the hall with their own lanterns to renew their Girlguiding promise.

Catherine Brierley, Saddleworth Girlguiding District Commissioner, explained: “World Thinking Day is an extremely important date in the Scout and Guide calendar. It is a time when we come together and think about other Guides across the world.

“At this year’s event we focused on the different religions across the world and thinking about our own beliefs.

“The girls took part in various activities to get an understanding of the different religions of other Guides.”

She added: “We don’t have many chances to get everybody together so it was nice to be able to do that.”

Units for Rainbows (5-7 years old), Brownies (7-10 years old), Guides (10-14 years old) and Seniors (14+) run across Saddleworth.

The units are run solely by adult volunteers and more are always needed to allow more girls to join. Anyone interested in helping out should contact Catherine Brierley: 07761 571546.

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