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

If any of us questioned the need for a community of friends and family, we certainly don’t anymore!

I have heard stories from many of our AIC family and my friends outside the church about the many ways that a simple conversation in the park, a gift dropped on a doorstep, or a Zoom gathering became a lifeline in a moment that was otherwise overwhelming.

This is why our fellowship, our shared prayer requests, and our voices lifted together in worship are such an important part of our life of faith together as a church. Our presence together can bring healing to our souls, and the people around us can help us draw closer to God. Because the truth is that we come together to carry each other through difficult times as we carry each other to God.

In worship this Sunday we are going to read the story of Jesus healing “Blind Bartimaeus” as he journeyed through Jericho. And it’s easy to point to a community that failed Bartimaeus as they tried to quiet him from calling out to Jesus. But in the end, those same people carried him to Jesus where he would find salvation. And we’re left wondering if just maybe his healing brought salvation to the community around him.

Join us in worship this week as we call out to Jesus together. We need each other in worship, even if it’s across broadband fibres and long distances. Together we just might find healing in Jesus’ presence.

Faithfully,
Pastor Jared

 

WORSHIP
Worship 

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.
SERVE & GIVE
Next Dates: Friday and Saturday, 5th and 6th of November
Email jonathan@amchurch.co.uk for more details

Conversations on Marriage, Gender & Sexuality

At our AGM on 26 September, the Council asked for your feedback to begin a conversation about diversity & inclusion, specifically about the topic of equal marriage. We have heard from you, and we thank you for your input! Based on your responses, the following spaces will be available to engage with this discussion:

  • The continuing study of The Book of Queer Prophets as part of the Becoming Antiracist, Being Inclusive group. This group has been studying various aspects of inclusion for some time, and welcomes new voices to join reading the current book. Wednesdays fortnightly on Zoom, 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

  • Bible study in the month of November. Our regular Zoom Bible study at 9:00 on Sundays will spend the 4 weeks of November studying scriptures about sexuality, marriage, and our identity in Christ. Sundays at 9:00 on Zoom. 

  • A panel discussion forum on 14 November. Following the worship service that Sunday, Pastor Jennifer will lead a discussion with a panel of people to start the conversation and answer questions. There will be an opportunity to submit anonymous questions to the panel. All are welcome to attend. Sunday 14 November in the Sanctuary.

Are there other ways you want to engage with our community in this discussion? Please contact Elodie Lasserre, Jared Jaggers, or Jonathan Miller if you would like to help plan these conversations or to let us know how you would like to participate. Email info@amchurch.co.uk for more information.

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, 27 October
Read: Pages 99 to 127 (Jarel, Michael and Jay)

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81254079659?pwd=NGRTLzR5TGJicTMvOU5Qc1BDeXJiQT09
Meeting ID: 812 5407 9659
Passcode: 082803

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

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.
  • 24 October – Our next youth activities 12:30-14:00; continuing the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. Lunch will be provided with activities and a lesson. All children and youth are welcome. Location in the AIC building, pick up at 14:00.

We hope to see you and your children soon!

Faithfully,
Pastor Jared

Join us for online Bible Study via Zoom. In the month of November, we will spend four weeks studying marriage and sexuality. In the meantime we will be studying our scripture passage from Sunday worship.

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86757897061?pwd=dVBkcW9OVE5hTUt3a25uZmxqbG1odz09
Meeting ID: 867 5789 7061
Passcode: 070537

 

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
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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