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

This week has been a stressful one. Christmas plans have been upended, the new virus variant is alarming, Tier 4 isolating and Brexit uncertainty looming. 

Fear, loneliness, uncertainty, hopelessness abound. Yet this why Christ comes to us, on earth, in our suffering and struggling. This is where the church responds to extend love in Christ's name.

With that faith commitment, we have expanded our Christmas plans for the coming week, emphasizing opportunities to find community and encouragement.  

We will gather in-person on Christmas Eve, knowing that for some this will be their only chance for in-person interaction for the entire holiday period. The choir will sing indoors from 17:30-17:50, and we will all head outdoors for a simplified carol service from 18:00. Please carefully consider your own level of risk and use of public transit if you choose to attend. You are welcome to attend only the indoor or outdoor portion, via the same registration below.

If you are staying home, I encourage you to tune in to any of the carol services from the cathedrals. Kings College is the most famous, and plays on BBC Radio 4 at 15:00 on Christmas Eve. We will also be sending a short Christmas Eve video to you, via email, after our evening service concludes.

On Christmas morning and Sunday morning, 27th December, we will gather online via Zoom. That means there will not be a pre-recorded service on YouTube this Sunday. However, we would love for you to join us live on Zoom for a casual, joyous time of worship and community.

Finally, we are trying to reach out directly to those of you we know who are on your own. If you need support and connection during a potentially lonely time, please reach out to any one of us, and we will be glad to talk and pray together. Our contact details are at the bottom of this message.

Christ was born into a world just like this--uncertain, lonely, afraid, suffering. At his birth long ago, the angels proclaimed "good news!" We too will proclaim the good news of God at Christmas, always.

Faithfully,
Pastor Jennifer

Christmas Week Events
Register for Christmas Eve
Click the link below for Christmas Morning Coffee Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85246347707?pwd=U3dqdmg0eHJKOFNxazNqWHRzdG5IZz09
Meeting ID: 852 4634 7707
Passcode: 426429
Click the link below for Sunday Worship, December 27, 11:00 GMT
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84536751661?pwd=MGVJSi8xbGZFN1NzWVcwYW5jbU9YZz09
Meeting ID: 845 3675 1661
Passcode: 548297
 Worship from Sunday, 20 December
All other church activities
(Bible Study, Becoming Anti-racist, Pauses for Prayer, Youth Group)
will resume in January.
SERVE & GIVE
Get Involved and Give Back This Winter
For more details on any of the opportunities below, contact Community Minister Jonathan Miller at jonathan@amchurch.co.uk.

Cold Weather Shelter: After much work to secure a permanent venue near Euston, the shelter season began on 14 December! AIC will be covering Wednesday evenings to Thursday afternoon from 3 February, and more details on how to get involved will be available in the coming weeks -- contact Jonathan to ensure you are on the mailing list. You can also give directly to C4WS Homeless Project in order to support this year's extra costs: https://c4wshomelessproject.org/donate-money.

West End Welcome Refugee Sponsorship: Now that the sisters we are sponsoring have been in English classes for several months, they are looking for conversation partners! If you would be interested in spending 30 minutes to an hour conversing over Zoom once every few weeks, get in touch.

Become a Vaccinator Volunteer: The Royal Volunteer Service in partnership with St John Ambulance are looking for volunteers to support the large-scale COVID-19 vaccination program that will be rolled-out over the next few months. More details can be found here: https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/vaccinationvolunteers
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.
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.

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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