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THIS WEEK AT AIC
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 PLANNING

The church's role in providing comfort and community is even more important amidst this crisis, yet we want to abide by best practices to avoid aiding the virus' spread. We have in place contingency plans to maintain our ministry and operations as best we can, while protecting those most vulnerable. Please read the two-page summary here to know what to expect.

Highlights:
  • Please do not come to church if you have symptoms of illness.
     
  • Worship and Christian education are currently ON for Sunday, but that could change based on guidance from Public Health England.
     
  • Online streaming of worship will begin this Sunday, for those who choose not to go to public gatherings. We can gather our community virtually here.
     
  • Watch your e-mail and our social media and website for updates and cancellations for church activities.
  • Your ministry team is here for you in prayer and support. Please let us know if you are ill, isolated or in quarantine so we can be in touch.
     
  • Please join us in prayer for all those impacted around the world. Pastor Jared has written a prayer for all of us to share, available here.
Again, more information is available here about all the plans we have made, including for the Soup Kitchen, Cold Weather Shelter and other activities.

Please take a few minutes to read.

 


Dear <<First Name>>, 

The news about the COVID-19 virus is alarming, especially as circumstances seem to change day by day, hour by hour. Everyone is anxious, and trying to do the right thing for all while worried about their own health, finances and family.

In moments like these, we need one another. The scientists tell us that more we all help look out for the good of all, by following good hand-washing and instructions to quarantine or keep social distance (if and when that time comes), the more likely we can help save lives. Saving people requires care for others above our own desires and needs.

The greatest example of this practice of looking out for others is Jesus himself, our Saviour, the one who was asked to do much more than wash hands or stay indoors. He came to earth to live among us, to suffer alongside us, and even to die as we do---to show us the way to eternal life.  

In the midst of such uncertainty, remember to do the little things that look out for others and help save lives. We who follow Jesus can do no less in loving one another.

Most importantly, though, remember we follow a Messiah whose path of suffering and death teaches us we do not need to be afraid, because the Saviour has already gone through the worst and set us free.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jennifer


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Worship Support Needed

Apart from our choir and ministers, our weekly worship service depends on the support of many members of the congregation who sign up to read the scripture, provide and serve refreshments for fellowship hour, and give to support the altar flowers. We could use your help signing up for all of these efforts!

We use the SignUp Genius website for signups, and the links below will take you to it.

Scripture reading: You will receive a copy of the reading on Friday to practice at home, and then you simply come forward and read at the appointed time in the service. Sign up for scripture reading here.

Flower Dedication: Altar flowers cost £35 each week. You are invited to cover the cost and dedicate that week's flowers in honour or memory of a loved one or a special occasion. You are welcome to take the flowers home with you after worship that Sunday as well. Sign up for flower dedication here.

Fellowship Hosting: Our after-worship social time is an important part of our weekly gathering at AIC, and we need volunteers to bring the snacks, prepare and serve them. Sign up for fellowship hosting here

 
Let's Grow Our Ministry to Children
 
Jared invites anyone interested in the spiritual formation of the children at AIC to chat.
 
Children's Worship on Sunday mornings is a unique time to meet with God alongside the children and help them explore their own understanding of God and their faith.
 
Do you love to tell stories and teach? Each Sunday, one adult leads a lesson that they receive in advance with detailed instructions. If you prefer supporting roles, we also need adults in Children’s Worship who focus on creating a warm and welcoming environment for the children. Jared will provide upcoming training for those who are interested in teaching and leading, but want some guidance or experience.
 
If you would like to be involved or discuss the children’s ministry, please contact Jared at jared@amchurch.co.uk.
West End Welcome Refugee Sponsorship
 
West End Welcome greeted Fatima and Amina at Heathrow a month ago. The sisters, aged 40 and 31, are Syrian Kurds who fled Damascus in 2012 after the Syrian government began moving in rockets and tanks into their neighborhood. 

Please surround the sisters and their support team with your prayers, as they all adjust to the overwhelming changes of life in London. Pray that they can make connections and start learning the neighbourhood, and that we would all know friendship with one another.

You can still contribute to the furniture fund or volunteer to support the sisters in a variety of different ways. E-mail Jonathan for ways to get involved:  jonathan@amchurch.co.uk.
Cold Weather Shelter
is wrapping up soon!


Every Wednesday night and Thursday morning, we host up to 16 guests in partnership with C4WS Homeless Project. To volunteer, contact
Jonathan Miller for more information: 
jonathan@amchurch.co.uk.

Able to do some extra laundry?  Bags of laundry are now available at the back of the sanctuary. If you can take one with you, get it washed (We promise not to ask how!) and bring it back next Sunday, you will help us save over £800 over the course of the season—and get involved in the shelter in a concrete, hands-on way!

 
Lost & Found

We have had several lost and found items in recent weeks, including a water bottle, glasses and gloves. If you lost anything at church, please check with the receptionist to see if it has been returned.
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