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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Last Sunday, Jared invited us to step back from the storms of everyday life and pause to spend time with God. This week, we'll talk about moving the other direction, stepping forward to be present for God, especially for God's beloved ones who suffer.

While Jared and I didn't plan it this way, this back and forth movement embodies the rhythm of life God created and Lent encourages. When we pause to consider what matters most, when we centre our hearts in God's presence, we have strength, courage and endurance to bring our presence and God's love into difficult or painful situations in the world, whether in the lives of those we love or those we don't even know.

When we know well that God's presence never leaves us, we have courage to face whatever challenges life offers.

Pastor Jennifer

Congregational Meeting
Sunday 21 March, 11:45 a.m. via Zoom

At this meeting, we will receive the 2020 Annual Report, look over a draft budget for 2021, and hear from the Nominating Committee about new leaders and Council members.

Our bylaws require an in-person meeting for formal decision-making, but the Council intends to heed the informal direction of this gathering and ratify decisions later at an official congregational meeting when it is safe to gather a quorum. That meeting will be duly announced and publicized when it is scheduled.

Reports will be sent out no later than Friday, 19 March, and we encourage all members to plan to attend. Non-members are also welcome, as it is an open meeting.

Join the meeting here:
Meeting ID: 830 6281 9798
Passcode: 600317

Worship Online

Sunday Worship for 14 March will premiere on YouTube and Facebook at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, and be available anytime after. Pastor Jennifer will talk about "Presence," and Nick Allen and Liam Dunachie will bring the music.

Last Sunday's service below continued our Lenten series, with Pastor Jared's reflections on "Calm" and music from Siobhain Gibson and Liam Dunachie.
Lent in the Living Room
This Lent, although we will not be gathering in person, your ministry team invites you to a season of prayer, worship, and spiritual growth. Here are a few tools to guide you through Lent.

Daily Prayers for Lent
  • You can find this week's daily prayers here. New prayers will be sent weekly on Tuesdays by email.
  • You can also receive the prayer daily via WhatsApp. This is an option that requires you to opt-in by adding Pastor Jared as a contact in your mobile device and sending him a WhatsApp message: Jared Jaggers, +44 75656 87333. (Your details will not be shared or visible to anyone else receiving the message, and replies will only go directly to Jared.)

Create a Lenten Altar
Objects with a Spiritual Focus for Each Week

We have sent the objects below to the children and youth of AIC. Join in by gathering these items by Ash Wednesday and the weekly email will offer some explanation to focus your prayers and reflections for the week.
  • Dirt or ashes – a tablespoon or two will do, in a small dish or somewhere on your "altar."
  • Something broken – our children will receive a cracked/broken bouncy ball, but you can use anything that's broken beyond repair.
  • Tea bag – you may already have this one on hand! Simply add one bag to your altar.
  • Stone – a small stone for each member of your household; make sure it will fit in your hand and in a pocket.
  • Chocolates – a piece of chocolate for each member of your household; fair trade if at all possible.
Choose a Traditional Lenten Fast and Focus on Serving Others
  • Follow this "40 Acts" calendar with a simple action to show love toward someone else that day. (It has been created for children, but is suitable for children of all ages!)
  • Sign up for International Justice Mission's “Slave Free Lent” – - IJM will send you text messages with ideas for how take action against human trafficking. Each week of Lent it will challenge you to give up something for that week that often involves labour of enslaved people.
Sunday Evening Zoom Worship

This informal, 45-minute service focuses on connection, community and communion. We will reflect and pray together on a scripture, then share communion. Bring wine, juice or water, and bread or cracker for communion.
Meeting ID: 849 4180 4426
Passcode: 010892

Giving: Your generosity matters more than ever.

The first few months of 2021 will remain difficult, and we ask you, if you are able, to consider making a gift to keep our ministries thriving. In addition, as we prepare our 2021 budget, we would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to let us know of your plans for giving in the coming year, with this simple form

You may give via bank transfer with the following information:
Beneficiary: The American Church in London
Sort Code: 40-05-16
Account Number: 81651498
Pastor Jennifer shares the story of Jesus warning the disciples about betrayal, and serving them bread and wine at dinner to remember him.
Next session March 24, please read Parts 3 & 4.

Bible Study
Sunday Mornings – 9:45 to 10:45 on Zoom 

Join us for Bible study each Sunday morning as we pray and study a passage of scripture together. Good discussion guaranteed! All are welcome.
Meeting ID: 867 5789 7061
Passcode: 070537
Virtual Fellowship is back on while in-person Sunday services are suspended. Join us for a chat from 11:45-12:15.
Meeting ID: 830 6281 9798
Passcode: 600317

If you have concerns to add to our prayers or outreach, please e-mail or contact us directly.

Reach out to us:
Jennifer Mills-Knutsen,, 0780 143 7133
Jared Jaggers,, 0756 568 7333
Jonathan Miller,, 0752 235 5669
A note on technology:

Zoom is an online platform to host video chat. It is free to use, but may require you to download an app to your phone, tablet or laptop.

Facebook will also host all our videos, including worship, Pause for Prayer and children’s messages. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view them, only to comment or engage.

AIC now has a YouTube channel. Subscribe or visit anytime for the latest worship services, pause for prayer moments, children’s messages and more.
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