We are pleased to welcome 2 new Independent Partner Churches into fellowship with Affinity.
Christ Church, Southampton
Iden Green Congregational Church, Cranbrook, Kent
Parents connected with Affinity churches will find it easier from September 2011 to gain admission for their children into Church of England Schools.
The Church of England Board of Education has agreed to recognise Affinity churches on the same basis as it already recognises churches linked with Churches Together and the Evangelical Alliance. This recognition will be included in the official guidance which will be sent to Church of England Schools in the coming months.
Church of England Schools have always been free to make their own judgements about whether they accept Affinity parents as meeting the church adherence requirement, and in many cases Affinity parents have been accepted without difficulty. However, some schools have adhered strictly to the official guidance and have in the past given Affinity parents lower priority as a result of the “failure” to meet the official criteria.
This new provision will not guarantee applicants a place in their chosen school, as there are other legitimate factors which the schools have to take into account. Popular schools may also be over-subscribed. But at least it will mean that parents from Affinity churches will no longer be penalised for belonging to the wrong kind of church.
The May edition of our monthly Prayer Calendar is now available. The Prayer Calendar seeks to encourage us to pray for one another within the fellowship of Affinity.
If you wish information for prayer to be included in the Prayer Calendar please send it to us at least 10 days before the end of the month in which you would like it to appear.