The Armed Forces’ Christian Union (AFCU)
Formerly the Officers’ Christian Union, AFCU is one of a number of British military Christian fellowships. It is a tri-service fellowship of Christians who wish to grow in their faith and share it with those with whom they serve. The basis of the membership is prayer.
Membership of AFCU
Anyone who believes in prayer to God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and who is willing to pray regularly for the spiritual welfare of the Armed Forces, is welcome as a member. Those serving in regular, territorial or reserve sections of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force join as Serving Members. All others, including those who have retired from the services, join as Associate Members. Serving membership is open to officer cadets and recruits under training, while those serving in foreign armed forces are welcomed as ‘honorary’ members. The Union welcomes as Associate Members those who are not part of HM Forces, but have a concern for the spiritual well-being of Service personnel and their families. Their prayers will be greatly valued and there are opportunities to meet with others in existing prayer groups or to pray individually for serving members and the work of the AFCU.
What Members Receive
Serving and Associate Members who so wish receive:
- The AFCU magazine, ‘Contact’
- AFCU News & Views, which gives news of members and events, details of AFCU activities and teaching material
- The AFCU Prayer Diary
For those who wish to pray for our Armed Forces but who do not wish to join as full members, we have a category of membership called ‘Upholders’. Upholders commit to praying regularly for our armed forces and they receive a monthly update to fuel their prayers.
The Union is financed by voluntary contributions.
To find out more, link here to the Funding AFCU page.
If you are the spouse of a serving member of the Armed Forces you are invited to join the Union as an Associate Member.