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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Returning to a place you know well can be strange after you have been gone for a long time. Have you ever returned to see a childhood hometown after decades away to find it radically different than you remembered? Have you ever revisited a fondly remembered restaurant to find that the food is not as good as your memory? Or have you recently reentered London (or anywhere else) after Covid restrictions lifted and felt a different atmosphere around you?

Nehemiah experienced something similar in our scripture for this Sunday when he is told that the Jewish exiles have returned to Jerusalem, but found it in ruins. We may have expected joy as the people return, but his reaction is understandable as he sits down to weep over what has been lost and as he confesses sins and prays to God for renewal.

Even if we never experience hometown walls being destroyed, life transitions always involve change that can be surprising, or even disorienting, because things are different than they used to be. And whether life changes for better or worse, we people of faith always react in a similar way: we turn toward God where we know that we can find peace, stability, and new life. We turn from the past and the direction we were going to reorient our self to God’s purposes.

When the Church speaks of repentance, we are describing this turn toward God. As we continue our sermons from Ezra & Nehemiah, join us to repent and to reorient ourselves in the way of God’s goodness and grace.

Pastor Jared



Join us on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Choir and children's message return, communion will be served, and we will be able to sing together throughout the service. 

Reminder of our COVID protocols:
  1. Face coverings over the nose and mouth are required to attend worship. 
  2. Pews are marked with signage and lines indicating 1m social distance, so that it is easy to choose a seat that maintains appropriate space. 
  3. Sign-in is now optional, using either the NHS app or paper sign-in sheet.
  4. All are required to use hand sanitizer upon entry to the building.
  5. Fellowship time remains outside, as outdoor gathering is much safer than indoors.
If you missed us last week or are not ready to return in person yet, our online service will be posted to YouTube on Mondays. You can watch last week's below.
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, September 26, 2021
immediately after worship

The members of the American International Church are strongly encouraged to attend our Annual General Meeting on September 26, immediately after worship. The agenda includes review of the 2021 budget, election of officers (those provisionally appointed at our April Zoom meeting), formal resolutions to transfer assets and operations to our new UK registered charity, and conversation on diversity and inclusion at AIC. Announcements were mailed to all members this week, and full briefing will be sent next week by email. For a copy by post, please contact Church Administrator Chris Omaweng at
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Autumn Plans for Children & Youth

As more of our community is regathering in person, we are helping our young people find a place to belong in the church; to help them know they are at home in the house of God.

  • Babies aged 0-3 are welcome in our crèche or to remain with parents in the sanctuary.
  • Our children ages 4-9 are welcome as part of our worshiping community, with a special place for them to worship through creativity and play in our PrayGround.
  • Children 10+ are encouraged to sit with their family and join in worship.
  • 19 September, Crèche reopens!
  • 26 September, After-church Sunday school 12:30-14:00. Lunch will be provided with activities and a lesson. All children and youth are welcome. Location will be outside as weather permits, returning to AIC by 14:00, or in the AIC building in poor weather.

We hope to see you and your children soon!

Pastor Jared

Join us for online Bible Study via Zoom. We'll be following with the worship texts, beginning the book of Nehemiah on September 19. Note the early start for those who want to attend Bible Study and then travel to worship.
Meeting ID: 867 5789 7061
Passcode: 070537

Support Afghan Refugees in London

Due to our work with the Soup Kitchen, Cold Weather Shelter and West End Welcome refugee sponsorship, local government officials have reached out to our church requesting urgent involvement. I have been in multiple meetings so far, learning how we can respond with support and resources.

Around 8,000 Afghans have been welcomed to the UK with little to no wraparound support. Many are now finishing quarantine and being moved into bridging hotels for the next three to six months. Three of these hotels are located in South Camden near the church, and additional ones are near our borough borders in Westminster and Islington. In Camden alone, more than 1,700 Afghans have been welcomed in the past week, over 700 of whom are children.

At AIC, we are having urgent conversations as to how we might best support our new neighbors, no matter how long they are with us. We are actively talking with local government, community partners and volunteers to see how we might be placed to offer critical resettlement support to the arriving families, building upon the experience gained through our refugee sponsorship program which has been running for three years. And we will be needing your support! Look out for more communication in the days and weeks ahead, and also begin considering how you might personally support and welcome those arriving.

If you would like to get involved now, you can support those families arriving in Camden by purchasing urgent supplies via the council's Amazon Wishlist. In Westminster, you can already begin to offer practical and/or befriending support. Please do get in touch with me at if there are other ways in which you would like to be involved.

Jonathan Miller
Community Minister
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
Choir resumes Sunday, September 5, with rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. before singing in worship. Regular rehearsals resume Wednesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Contact Scott Stroman for more information. 
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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