The girl's guide claims she was fired because they had allowed children to use the offended promise to love my God & # 39; in vow when she joined
- Emma Jeffery, 45, claims she had to leave the role of Rainbows group leader
- Mother of two has been a volunteer leader in Gloucester for seven years and said she is not trying to push religion into people's throats, but simply offers them a choice
- Girl-driven love my God line in 2013 and replaced with & # 39; develop my beliefs & # 39;
Nick Craven for The Mail on Sunday
A leader of a girl's guide claims that she & # 39; sacked & # 39; is because she allows girls to use the word God in the promise they make when they join.
Emma Jeffery says that Girlguiding forced her out of her role as a volunteer leader of Rainbows group because she had girls choose to mention God in their promise.
The movement, formerly the Girl Guides Association, deleted the religious reference in 2013 and controversied the words & # 39; I promise that I will do my best … to love my God & # 39; with & # 39; … to develop my beliefs & # 39 ;.
But Ms. Jeffery, 45, continued to use the previous version until her local County Team was tipped and instructed her to follow the approved text.
Emma Jeffery, 45, (pictured with Rainbows, from left to right, Fray Cima, Lizzie Thoms and Chloe Kerr) claims that she & # 39; sacked & # 39; is because she allows girls to use the word God in their acceding vow
Girlguiding has a less flexible approach than the Scouts, whose promise includes a reference to God, but allows members to drop it if they want to.
Initially a compromise was reached whereby Ms Jeffery had the parents choose which version to use and each girl in the 20-person group of five-to-seven year-olds chose to say the traditional promise.
But last month she was informed by County Commissioner Karen McFarlane, during a regular session with her 1st Abbeydale Rainbows group in Gloucester, that even that offer violated the rules and she would have to agree to leave God out of the text or leave the organization .
As a Christian she felt that it was wrong to go against her beliefs and she said that she would continue to offer her Rainbows the choice of promises. She then said that she received a letter in which she claimed she had resigned & # 39 ;, which she disputes.
The mother of two, who had been a leader for seven years, said: "I am not trying to push religion into people's throats-simply offering them a choice.
& # 39; The name Rainbows is taken from the story of the ark of Noah, it was a given to Noah as a gift from God. If the scouts do not feel the need to be so didactic about their promise, why should Girlguiding be so inflexible? & # 39;
A Girlguiding spokesperson said that the new version of the promise, which says "develop my beliefs & # 39 ;," was agreed upon after a large consultation & # 39; and his 100,000 volunteers (file photo of the head office in London)
Parents received a letter last week from the County Commissioner who only informed them that Ms. Jeffery left after a "sudden decision", with a Christmas party for the girls that tomorrow would actually say goodbye.
Next month, two temporary leaders will be installed, but several girls have stopped protest because of the treatment of Ms. Jeffery.
One parent, Lisa Kerr, said: "We love the fact that Emma gave our daughter the option when she made her promise to use the old or the new. As a Christian family, our daughter wanted to make a promise where she can promise to keep my God openly & # 39 ;. & # 39;
Critics have accused Girlguiding of being too politically correct. Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday stressed the case of guide leader Helen Watts who was fired after expressing concern that men who identify as women can be appointed as guide leaders and may share showers and tents with girls they care for.
A Girlguiding spokesperson said the new version of the promise had been agreed upon after a large-scale consultation & # 39; and that 100,000 volunteers were expected to follow our policies and code of conduct at all times & # 39 ;.
She added: "We are aware that a leader of the girl has withdrawn from her role after a complaint that she did not use the standard wording of the promise.
& # 39; The leader was not withdrawn from Girlguiding. The complaint is handled internally. & # 39;