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THIS WEEK AT AIC
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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Happy Epiphany!

We observed Epiphany in worship this past Sunday, but today is the day itself and marks the conclusion of the Christmas season with the arrival of the magi and the revelation of Jesus as the divinely born King of the Jews. And now this week, it seems like the Christian year fast-forwards from the young Jesus visited by wise ones from the east to Baptism of the Lord Sunday. We will hear the story of Jesus entering the baptismal waters and stepping out with the Spirit descending on him to empower the beginning of his earthly ministry.

Pastor Jennifer will be returning from leave this Sunday to help us interpret the story together in worship, but I ask you to consider how you are empowered for ministry this week. You’ll see some opportunities below, and we have other areas of ministry ramping up in the new year. But you are also a minister of the love and peace of Christ whether you are at work, school, or in your neighbourhood this week. How will the baptism of the Spirit empower you to speak good news and serve with love today?

In this new year, we hope to see you and connect with you soon. We encourage you to continue assessing your own risk in coming to worship in the sanctuary, testing at home before coming. Please let us know how we can support you, whether that is enduring self-isolation, finding ways to volunteer, or meeting to talk and pray. Our contact details are below.


Faithfully,

Pastor Jared

 

Attend Onsite – COVID Info

We encourage each of you to consider your own personal risk in deciding to come to worship, especially in light of the increased transmission of the Omicron variant. 

We require:
  • Everyone to wear a face covering at all times indoors.
  • Everyone to use hand sanitizer upon arrival.
  • Anyone with COVID symptoms to stay home.
We strongly encourage:
  • Everyone to take a home lateral flow test (free from the NHS) prior to coming to worship. (Our ministry team already does this.)
  • Everyone to get their vaccines and boosters as soon as possible.
  • Everyone to avoid socializing indoors, chatting instead outside before and after the worship service.
Please note: the sanctuary will not open until 15 minutes prior to the start of the service, to allow ventilation between choir rehearsal and worship.
Attend Online

Livestreaming is now available on Sunday mornings at 11:00 GMT on our YouTube channel. A link will also be posted to our Facebook page.
 
Post-Worship Videos continue on YouTube, usually posted on Monday afternoon.

This is our current plan through January 15, though we will adjust sooner if restrictions are imposed.
WORSHIP
Sunday morning Worship – 2 Jan
If you couldn't join us onsite, then catch up online.
SERVE & GIVE
Cold Weather Shelter

Contact jonathan@amchurch.co.uk to sign up.
Inclusion at AIC

At our autumn AGM, the Church Council prompted us to begin conversations about diversity & inclusion, specifically about the topic of equal marriage. We are already a welcoming and hospitable church, and it seemed that registering as an equal marriage congregation could be an actionable step to grow in this area.

If you missed opportunities to join the conversation in the fall through Bible study, a conversation forum, or the “Becoming Antiracist, Being Inclusive” book group, let us know and watch for ways to engage soon. 

Please contact Elodie Lasserre, Jared Jaggers, or Jonathan Miller if you have questions or want to have a chat about the conversations from the autumn.
Giving: Your generosity matters more than ever.

This year remains difficult in many ways, and we ask you, if you are able, to consider making a gift to keep our ministries thriving. 

You may give via bank transfer with the following information:
Beneficiary: The American Church in London
Sort Code: 40-05-16
Account Number: 81651498
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Join us for online Bible Study via Zoom. Led this Sunday by Stuart on the topic of music and our connection with God.

Note the early start for those who want to attend Bible Study and then travel to worship.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89439063896?pwd=NmF2TVc0c2krOVRRKzhBVUJscTdwUT09
Meeting ID: 894 3906 3896
Passcode: 484119

Plans for Children & Youth

With the new year, we are moving on to new things for our children and youth! However, we are starting a little more slowly than I initially imagined because of the increased Omicron transmission in London at the moment.

In the autumn, we experimented with a PrayGround space in the sanctuary and twice-monthly gatherings with traditional lessons and games. This was the right choice for the moment, but I think that we can evolve to find ministries better suited to our children and family schedules. I ask for your continued patience as this develops, but here are a few updates.

  • The crèche is open again after allowing some time away for our staff to celebrate Christmas with their families. Babies aged 0-3 are welcome in our crèche or to remain with parents in the sanctuary.
  • Our children ages 4+ are welcome as part of our worshiping community and there are children's bulletins and crayons available in the vestibule. For the time being, the PrayGround is not available.
  • Our youth will gather again by Zoom to reconnect and study together, and I hope we will resume some outings and service opportunities very soon. Details coming soon to parents' email inboxes.

We hope to see you and your children soon!

Faithfully,

Pastor Jared

PRAYER & SUPPORT
If you have concerns to add to our prayers or outreach, please e-mail prayer@amchurch.co.uk or contact us directly.

Reach out to us:
Jennifer Mills-Knutsen,  jmk@amchurch.co.uk, 0780 143 7133
Jared Jaggers, jared@amchurch.co.uk, 0756 568 7333
Jonathan Miller, jonathan@amchurch.co.uk, 0752 235 5669
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