The AFCU Women's Ministry
is committed to advancing God’s kingdom through the Armed Forces, equipping women to pray, grow, serve, and reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through leadership training, retreats, and mentoring opportunities, the Women's Ministry connects women in transformational relationships and unites them in Christ to impact our military communities.
From the Women's weekend, UK Sept 2015
"I attended the ‘Deep Cries’ Women's Weekend in September, it was the first time I had attended an AFCU event. I was warmly welcomed and felt relaxed straight away. I quickly squashed any initial doubts that this was going to be a rigid weekend due to the AFCU’s connections to the Forces. I felt so touched by the testimonies and the various scriptures given throughout the two days. I was blessed to have met some strong and amazing Godly women. There was also the chance of getting prayed for. I did not want to miss that chance, so hurriedly gave my name for a prayer slot. I have kept in touch with a couple of the ladies and have since joined AFCU."
From the Women’s weekend, Cyprus Oct 2015
"It was great to meet with other Christian women in an environment without denominational barriers giving me the chance to renew old friendships and make new ones. Somehow these opportunities seem all the more precious when living at a distance from the UK and the Christian experiences it has to offer. We may all have been pushed slightly out of our comfort zones at times, but I'm sure it has helped me understand and appreciate other styles of worship and give them a try, which is hugely rewarding."
Jane’s Healing Testimony
"I find people praying over me a very powerful feeling although I am initially slightly awkward and embarrassed. At a recent AFCU Women's Weekend I was suffering with a continuous pain in my lower leg. I had been to see the doctor, concerned that it might be a problem with my Achilles. His advice to stretch and rest was not very helpful as I have a dog to walk. Whilst I was driving to this particular weekend I nearly turned around several times as it was so painful.
Once I arrived, a friend suggested I asked for prayer and my immediate reaction was "Oh no, it's only a pain in my leg. Other people have far more important things to be prayed for" but eventually I thought "Why not?” so two ladies started praying for my leg to be healed. When they had finished they asked if I could feel anything different. I wanted to say yes, but in all honesty I could not feel anything different so they continued to pray. After a while they stopped and asked again. This time I could feel that both my knee and my toes were beginning to feel really hot even though the rest of my body was not. So they prayed some more. When they finished praying, I would like to say that I was healed and although the pain had lessened slightly it was not fully better.
A few days later I was out shopping when I felt a popping sensation in my leg similar to the feeling that had occurred when I injured it. My immediate reaction was "No God, this isn't supposed to happen; I've had prayer, you're going to heal me". I started walking again but it was so painful that I had to stand still and wait for the pain to subside. As I stood there wondering what to do, I felt the popping sensation again and then what I can only describe as a knotted string unravelling in my leg. When that had finished, I gingerly tried to put some weight on that leg and discovered that there was absolutely no pain in my leg! Since then I have not felt any pain and although I am very cautious, I truly believe God was at work healing me."
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a member of AFCU to go on a FLOURISH weekend?
No, the only qualification for going to a Flourish weekend is being a woman. We welcome people who are only loosely affiliated with the AFCU to all our weekends, although sometimes for very popular weekends we will give AFCU members and members of the UK Armed Forces preference for limited spaces.
How do I book in and pay for a weekend?
You can complete the booking form under events on the AFCU website and pay online. You can also complete a booking form for a weekend that is included in the AFCU News and Views mailing and send it with your cheque made out to the Armed Forces Christian Union to Havelock House, Barrack Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 3NP.
Can I bring my children to a women’s event?
It depends on whether the event in question is running a children’s programme. They are more commonly run in Cyprus, but can more difficult to organise in UK (e.g. at Amport House) because of space and the Health and Safety restrictions operating. Please let us know in plenty of time if you would like us to run more children’s programmes, and with sufficient notice and a suitable venue we may be able to arrange it. Please also note that many women say they would prefer to come without their children, as it means they can engage at a deeper level.
How do I become a member of Twenty4?
Members of Twenty4 are usually women who are committed to the wider AFCU ministry and regularly attend FLOURISH weekends. So the first step to joining Twenty4 is to start coming to other AFCU events. For additional information, please go to the Twenty4 page.
Do I have to be super-spiritual to come to a women's weekend?
No, of course not! We welcome people wherever they are in their journey of faith and love to have people bring their friends even if they have no faith. The weekends are however unashamedly Christian and designed to encourage people to go deeper in their journey to know God.
I don’t think I want to spend a weekend with a load of women!
You are not alone! Many of the ladies who attended women’s events for the first time felt the same way, wondering if swimming in a pool of oestrogen was really for them! All we can say is try it. It will probably change your mind. There is an incredible atmosphere of trust and openness and many women report accelerated Christian growth following a weekend.
How do I get to Amport House?
Directions for Amport House can be found by following this link here.
What do I need to take to a FLOURISH weekend?
Usually you would pack what you would normally pack for a weekend away anywhere else. Bedding at Amport House is provided although towels are not included, so you will need to bring one. A bible is always essential as well as a musical instrument if you play one. You will be sent a welcome letter confirming your place at the weekend about a month beforehand. There will be further information in that letter about what to bring.
"Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God."