14TH CHCH BB

Company history

The 14th Chch Boys Brigade Company commenced in the Sydenham Methodist Church hall corner of Brougham & Colombo Streets. (Now the Sydenham Heritage Church Colombo St and demolished by the earthquakes).
Mr. Len Butler as Captain assisted by the Rev Wesley Parker as chaplain started the 14th Chch Company of the Boys Brigade on the 28th June 1939. In 1942 Mr Butler was send overseas by the army for World War 2.
Mr D S Thompson acted as Captain from 1942 to 1944. On his return from overseas Mr Butler became Captain again 1944 to 1949.Mr Les Teague was Captain from 1950 to 1952 then Mr Bill Lloyd was Captain from 1953 to 1960.

In 1961 the company wend into recess due to a lack of boys and staff.

In 1963 the Company was reformed at Beckenham Methodist Church which was then an out reach church for the Sydenham Methodist Parish. Mr Paul Beaumont became Captain. Mr Paul Beaumont was Captain from 1963 to 2015.

In 2010-2011 Christchurch was rocked by some major earth quakes and many thousands of after shocks. The hall at Beckenham Methodist Church became unsafe for use and eventually was demolished, from 2011 to mid 2015 14th BB met in halls of neighboring Churches. Presently we are meeting back at Beckenham Methodist Church using the Church and lounges until we have a new hall. In 2016 will see the building of a replacement hall at Beckenham Methodist Church.

2016 Mr Stephen Gregory promoted to the role of Captain

Dec 2016 The new community facility/Hall is completed. 14th BB will turn home in 2017 to this wonderful new facility.

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Who we are

The Boys' Brigade is a 130 year old international organisation with a constitution that requires each company to be sponsored, housed and generally administered by a local Church. The Beckenham Methodist Church provides the legal responsibility, accommodation, heating, lighting and staff for the 14th CHCH BB, at no dollar cost to our company, as part of their endeavor to serve the local community.

Staff training and activity ideas, as well as inter company competitions etc are provided by the National Brigade Organisation.

The 14th CHCH BB which has been operating for over 70 years, has trained volunteer staff, and access to qualified voluntary instructors for specialist activities. The company exists to provide boys with a wholesome fellowship of peers with adult leadership that is concerned about aiding each individual boy to grow into an adulthood that balances physical, moral, social and spiritual skills.

This is achieved by providing activities, and role model friendships over a wide age range. Boys' Brigade is a life-style training ground for the growing up years and should not be regarded as being just another entertainment activity for boys.

The 14th CHCH BB purposefully tries to function using as little money as possible, believing that much personal enjoyment and learning can be achieved with minimal dollar outlays. Our annual members subscription is currently $70.00. Camp fees and costs for some specialist training courses, are extra for those who want to participate in them.

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What The Boys' Brigade Stands for:

In the New Testament there is a Book called Hebrews.

A letter from Paul the Apostle to Jewish Christians.

In Chapter 6, verse 19 we find the words:

".. which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast"

(Authorised , or King James Version)

Both the Badge of The Boys' Brigade and the words of the Motto are taken from this verse. In modern English the word 'stedfast' is spelled with an 'a' -steadfast- but we keep the older spelling in our Motto:

Our Motto - 'SURE AND STEDFAST'

Our EMBLEM (Badge) Boys' brigade emblem

The Emblem stands for the strength, hope and security God gives (the anchor) and the new life we have through Jesus (the red cross)

THE OBJECT

The Advancement of Christ's Kingdom among boys and the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness.

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