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Affinity is a fellowship of Churches, evangelical Agencies and Christians.

Through our fellowship together we seek to express the unity all God's people enjoy because they belong to Jesus Christ.

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Churches in all parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland belong to Affinity together with evangelical agencies and individual Christians.

Through our partnership with one another we are committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Affinity provides resources to help our partner churches and Christians.

These resources are also made available to churches and Christians around the world who can benefit from them.

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Mission Resource Papers

Our collection of Mission Resource Papers is a treasure-trove of helpful advice and information for churches and those wanting to know more about world mission and why this is such a key area of Christian ministry. They have been written by members of our World Focus Team and other experienced mission leaders.

All the papers are available on this website, free to download and use as you wish:

Mission Resource Papers

This month we want to highlight one in particular, concerning the steps that churches commissioning members for cross-cultural, overseas, ministry need to undertake to ensure that personnel receive adequate preparation and training for that service. Various subjects are covered but there is detailed guidance on options for cross-cultural and theological training, teaching English as a second language training
 as well as other resources available to churches guiding members preparing for overseas service.

NB: It is in the nature of education and training that courses offered and their content can change from year to year. Please check online that the information here is up to date before making any decisions about what to pursue.

MRP 9: Pre-field Training, Orientation and Preparation for Missionary Candidates

Posted 17th August 2017 | Comments 0


Power of Attorney - what are the risks?

This morning the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme carried an interview with a recently-retired senior judge who has warned over the lack of safeguards in Powers of Attorney (POA). He said the Ministry of Justice in the UK has been "disingenuous" in promoting them and the public should be more aware of the risks of attorneyship.

The segment reported on the case of a Dunkirk veteran, with early stage dementia, who gave his neighbour power of attorney, with disastrous results.

Listen to the 12-minute report here (available on BBC iPlayer until 21 August).

This warning follows on soon after Affinity published a very helpful article on the subject of Lasting Power of Attorney in its Social Issues Bulletin of July 2017. In it Roger Hitchings explains in more detail what a POA is and its advantages, while also drawing attention to their potential misuse - and how church pastors and members should take note.

Posted 15th August 2017 | Comments 0


The Prayer Calendar for August is now available

The Prayer Calendar for August is now available to download. With one item for every day of the month, please use this to inform your praying for the many churches, agencies and individuals who are faithfully serving the Lord both in the UK and around the world. Thank you!

Another very convenient way of accessing the calendar is via the mobile app PrayerMate. Sign up for the daily feed here. Use this app for your mobile device and subscribe to our calendar to receive the prayer item for each day direct to your phone or tablet.

Prayer Calendar - August 2017

Posted 29th July 2017 | Comments 0


Lasting Power of Attorney – Thoughts for Church Leaders

It has almost become a cliché that we are an ageing society, but that fact places a responsibility on church leaders to know how to help older folk in their fellowship, especially those who have no family to support them, or those whose families give minimal support. One of the issues that causes older people most anxiety is how their wishes and best interests will be safeguarded should they lose the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that authorises someone to make decisions and act on the behalf of someone who cannot, or does not want to, make decisions and choices for themselves. It is important that church leaders are aware of the processes involved so that they can help older church members make the best arrangements, if family are unwilling, or unable, to be involved. (read more...)

Posted 29th July 2017 | Comments 0


New edition of the Family Education Trust Bulletin

The latest edition of the Family Education Trust Bulletin is now available to download free of charge from the website of the Family Education Trust. Among other things, it contains articles on:

Ellie’s story: A first-hand account of child sexual exploitation

The challenge to our understanding of marriage and family

Does English Law need ‘marriage’?

The Transgender Agenda – Critiquing its origins, ideology, methods and goals

The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of freedom in the name of freedom

Posted 28th July 2017 | Comments 0

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