More than 160 people celebrated 8th Portsmouth Girls’ Brigade and 4th Portsmouth Boys’ Brigade moving to new premises.
A special welcome service followed by a buffet lunch was organised to officially mark the occasion at Copnor Methodist Church, Copnor Road, Portsmouth on October 11.
The groups were previously based at Powerscourt Road Baptist Church in North End.
Guests included the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas, the children and young people who attend the two groups and their families and friends, leaders from other local Girls’ Brigade (GB) and Boys’ Brigade (BB) groups, and the church congregation.
Cllr Jonas said: ‘Thank you to the Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade for inviting me to such an uplifting service.’
Preacher Pam Stone, who led the working together-themed service, added: ‘It was wonderful to see so many children and young people in the church and there was a great atmosphere.’
Around 30 children from the two groups also enjoyed an activity afternoon and sleepover at the church the day before the special service, which they all took part in.
BB Captain Alex Bearne said: ‘We had lots of fun and laughter at the activity afternoon and the welcome service.
‘Thank you to everyone at Copnor Methodist for making us so welcome.’
Both GB and BB groups offer four to 18-year-olds the chance to make new friends, work for badges, go on camps, and take part in fun activities such as craft, music, exploring faith and fundraising.
The BB group meets on a Thursday during term-time from 6pm-9pm depending on the age group.
For more go to http://4portsmouth.boys-brigade.org.uk/.
The GB group meet on a Monday during term-time from 6.30pm.
Anyone interested in joining or who wants to find out more about GB can call Sue Garner on 07935 340569, or for BB call Alex on 07940 110340.