Initiation Service

Today we join in the celebration of CGIT as we receive new members into the fellowship of the Canadian Girls in Training program. While doing this we take the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the fulfillment of our CGIT Purpose.

I would ask that all former members of CGIT stand and join us in repeating the CGIT Purpose:

As a Canadian Girl in Training,                                                                                                             Under the leadership of Jesus,                                                                                                             It is my purpose to                                                                                                                                 Cherish Health,                                                                                                                                     Seek Truth,                                                                                                                                             Know God,                                                                                                                                               Serve Others,                                                                                                                                         and thus with His help become the girl God would have me be.

We have ____ new members this year and I would like to introduce them:

___________________,  _______________,  __________________,  ___________________.

You have repeated the Purpose which governs us as Canadian Girls in Training. Are you willing to accept this Purpose and to make it your own by following it to the best of your ability?  If so, will you answer now, saying, “God helping me, this will be my Purpose.”

God helping me, this will be my Purpose.

As new members of ___________ CGIT, will you now tie your tie.

The CGIT tie is tied with a special 4 square knot. This knot symbolizes the 4 parts of the Purpose and is a reminder to all our members as we strive to live our lives as God would have us live.

As we Cherish Health, both physical and mental, we must remember what God wants for us. In the choices we make, the activities we choose, God is to be with us.

The best way we know to Seek Truth is through God’s Word. It is as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago. God must be central throughout our entire life.

As we seek to Know God we should set aside time for personal devotions, for prayer and study.  We must open ourselves to God and to the opportunities that God provides.

God presents us with many opportunities to Serve Others. We are called to reach out to God in faith and in love and to respond to the needs of others.

_____________ and __________, as Canadian Girls in Training, you are welcomed now to the CGIT Group at __________Church. You are also welcomed to the wide community of CGIT all across Canada.

The pin you receive is round, symbolizing a circle of friendship, of oneness of spirit. For this reason, groups often form a circle for opening and closing ceremonies. The pin also symbolizes the four-fold Purpose of CGIT which is to develop wholeness of life – physical, intellectual, social and spiritual.

Today ________ and ________  receive their white lanyards, the symbol of a senior member of CGIT.  We remind you that as senior members, new adventures are coming your way. You will be called on even more for your creativity and talents. You will also be required to demonstrate your own special brand of kindness, thoughtfulness and good humour. Always remember that regardless of the situation, you and God together make a winning combination. It is important for you to accept the opportunities that come your way and to undertake them to the best of your ability.  As we recognize our own gifts and our own needs and act upon them, we continue to grow to become the girls God would have us be.

We also have a number of “Junior CGIT” girls that we would like to acknowledge.  These are girls who aren’t quite 12, but have expressed a desire to be a part of our group.  They have fantastic ideas and are certainly adding some life to our meetings.  They are:  _____________, ___________________, and ____________________.  We look forward to their continued growth as Christian girls and the enthusiasm they add to our group.     (These girls wear white shirts or middies, navy or black skirts, and black ribbons with the celluloid CGIT pin.)

We are a few among many Canadian Girls in Training who live in every part of Canada. We celebrate with all of these others as we begin our CGIT year. By following our CGIT Purpose and remembering to keep God and not ourselves central in our lives, we can indeed become the person God intends us to be.

The above Initiation service has been adapted by Heather Berriault from the CGIT Leaders Resource printed in 2001.

In our group we also like to acknowledge the girls receiving their white lanyards.  We traditionally hold our Initiation Service during our local church’s Sunday morning worship.  We then celebrate with the girls, their families and congregation with coffee (sometimes goodies!) after the service. 

We often have some of the senior girls reading parts of the Initiation service.  We do usually have a CGIT leader read the “promise” part of the service. 

Feel free to adapt this to “make it your own”.  Nothing is written in stone and personalizing it to your own situation is always best.  Hopefully this will give you a starting place.

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