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1980s Southern Baptist Girls’ Auxiliary Pics (Daily Photo)

Southern Baptist Girls’ Auxiliary Organization

The Southern Baptist Church (SBC) Girls’ Auxiliary Organization began in 1913 or 1914. It was designed for school-aged girls and originally called the Sunbeam Societies or Sunbeams.

Girls Auxiliary Handbook from 1961

In the 1970s, the organization was renamed Girls in Action (GA) and continued to use a royal theme and royal titles to denote advancement or progression in the organization. For example, levels of progression in junior girls’ auxiliary (ages 9-12) included maiden, lady-in-waiting, princess, and queen, or queen-in-service. Progression in intermediate girls’ auxiliary (ages 13-15) included queen, queen-with-scepter, queen-regent and queen-regent-in-service.

The sponsoring organization for GA was and is the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) of the SBC. In 2013, they celebrated the 100th anniversary of the organization.

Girls in Action 100th Anniversary Logo

GA was a scout-like organization. Girls collected and/or earned charms and badges. Coronations were also held during which some girls were given green velvet capes and gold scepters, etc. The products were marketed to local churches and bore the GA emblem, a white star with a gold GA monogram on a green octagon edged with gold. White represented purity while the green and gold represented growth and sincerity.

A GA Patch

Girls in Action Coronation, 1981

These photos of a Girls In Action coronation were sent to me by a dear friend from my junior high days in East Texas. They feature girls we knew in school. I loved them all so much!

That little town was a whistle-stop for me on the tracks of adolescence.  Most of the girls probably don’t remember me but I remember them! My goodness, I have cherished them in my heart for nearly 40 years and I always, always will.

The girl on the right was my best friend in junior high. I rode the bus with the girl on the left. We also had the same piano teacher.

East Texas Southern Baptists Girls’ Auxiliary

I am so grateful to have these pictures. My young friends look so innocent and amazing in their long white dresses. A mix of boho and Gunne Sax, they are reminiscent of the formal dresses that were popular in the early 1980s.

So many girls I knew in East Texas were Southern Baptist. The church had an enormous cultural and spiritual influence on the town. I have pictures of some of these same girls as babies in the nursery at this church.

Beautiful Lori. She’s still blonde and beautiful!
Janet and I practiced for cheerleader tryouts every day after school. Unfortunately, I moved away before tryouts. I heard she made the team. =)


Girls Auxiliary Southern Baptist Church 1980s
Girls Auxiliary, Southern Baptist Church, 1980s

I love rites-of-passage.

Girls Auxiliary Crown
Source: Linda Mathis is the source for the vintage GA patch, book, and crown photos.


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  1. Fran

    My years in GAs formed my Christian and worldview. I wish my granddaughters would have had the opportunity to be GAs.

    • Jennifer X

      I totally understand, Fran!

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  3. Deborah Corbett

    Try worldcat[dot]org

  4. Lynn

    Any idea where I can purchase any it the Old Girls Auxillary Manuals? I’ve searched online to no avail.

    • Jennifer

      I would try Facebook marketplace or Etsy. Maybe eBay, too. I think they’re pretty rare. Good luck and thank you for stopping by.

  5. Kim Allen

    I believe ive found Ms Linda Mathis charm bracelet..

  6. Debra M Morris

    I am trying to locate a copy of the 1960s Intermediate Girl’s Auxiliary Manual to purchase.

    Please reply to me through my email address as I may miss any of your posts.

    Thank you –


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