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

Last week's worship was about God's comfort, the promise that God can and will set the world right and comfort our deepest sufferings.

This week, we go from comfort to joy--rejoicing in God's love, grace and restoration. The joyous Spirit is likely to pervade our Sunday in person gathering, as we see the return of the choir and the addition of outdoor carol singing after our short worship service.  If you are not able to gather with us in person, you'll get to see the choir next week, so don't worry about being left out!

While we have cause to rejoice in choirs and carols, even vaccines, we know that this holiday season will be a difficult one for many who are cut off from family, friends and traditions that normally bring joy to the holidays. Your ministry team is here to support you.

We are planning a Christmas Eve service in person, but still want your input in our poll below your plans to attend. In addition, we will host an informal Christmas Day Zoom gathering for those looking for safe ways to connect. Detailed plans coming next week.

In the meantime, may God's comfort abound and bring you hope and even joy.

Faithfully,
Pastor Jennifer

WORSHIP
Worship in Person 

The end of lockdown allows us to gather in person again this Sunday, but our online service will continue for those staying safe at home. (Details below.)

All our previous COVID Secure protocols remain in place: you must preregister below, you must be free of symptoms and not be required to self-isolate, you must wear your mask at all times, no congregational singing is allowed indoors.

Singing returns! Sundays 13 & 20 December

The AIC Choir and director Scott Stroman will be back to sing for us on these Sundays. The congregation is not allowed to sing indoors, but outdoor carol singing (with 2m distancing) is permitted! So, after our worship service, we will adjourn to the front of the church for 10-15 minutes of carol singing for all, led by Scott and the choir.

Communion will be served on Sunday, 20 December. 


(Note: if you want to join the choir, please register here. You do not need to register for worship attendance in addition to choir participation.)

 
Book Your Pew -- 13 December (with outdoor carols after)
Book Your Pew -- 20 December (Communion & outdoor carols after)
Christmas Eve Service
 
We will host an in-person Christmas Eve service, as long as government guidance does not change in the coming weeks. However, we are trying to figure out various options, and it would help a great deal to know how many people from our AIC community might plan to attend, depending on what is offered. Can you take two minutes for the short survey?
Christmas Eve Quick Poll
Worship at Home Anytime

Sunday Worship for December 13 will premiere on YouTube and Facebook at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, and be available anytime after. 

Last Sunday's service from the Second Sunday of Advent is below, with the lighting of the Advent candle of love, music from Jonathan Eyers, Liam Dunachie and a pre-lockdown choir recording, as well as a sermon on God's comfort from Pastor Jennifer.


We encourage you to build your own Advent wreath at home. Click here to learn more about the Advent wreath, and find "Liturgy for the Living Room," prayers for the season.
SERVE & GIVE
Giving: Your generosity matters more than ever.

As we come to the end of this challenging year, we are more grateful than ever for the generosity of our AIC community, which has seen us through. The first few months of 2021 will remain difficult, and we ask you, if you are able, to consider making an end-of-year 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
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Tune in on our YouTube channel each Friday afternoon for Bible Story Time! One of your AIC staff will read a Bible story to our children along with some curious questions to spark our holy imaginations. Last week's link is above, a new one will be shared on Friday afternoon on our YouTube page.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Bible Study
Sunday Mornings – 9:00 to 10:00 on Zoom 

As Advent begins on 29 Nov, our study will focus on the Advent themes of hope, love, joy, and peace. All are welcome.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86757897061?pwd=dVBkcW9OVE5hTUt3a25uZmxqbG1odz09
Meeting ID: 867 5789 7061
Passcode: 070537
We have suspended the Virtual Fellowship Hour for December, as those who had been attending will be joining in-person activities. We will resume if lockdown returns again.
PRAYER & SUPPORT
Our Pause for Prayer, now available every Wednesday, offers an invitation to stop from the hustle and bustle and spend a few minutes with God. During November, we will have a mission focus each week, this week with the International Justice Mission.
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
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.

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