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

First, an update on our plans, and their undoing:

Unfortunately, the rapid rise in COVID cases and move to Tier 3 in London this week has led us to the difficult decision to suspend in-person Sunday services for the time being, though we will still offer an outdoor Christmas Eve service.

I know this news is disappointing to all of us, especially your ministers and musicians, but it feels like the right thing to do. While places of worship are allowed to open even in Tier 3, we do not think it is wise for our particular congregation because we travel via public transit and gather from across many boroughs.

From the beginning, we have prioritized the spiritual and physical well-being of all our neighbours, especially the most vulnerable among us. Although we remain confident that what we do in worship at AIC is COVID Secure, we believe that stepping back from gatherings right now sends an important message of care and compassion for our community.  Other venues with similar risks (like restaurants and theatres) will be closed to prevent the spread of the virus, and we want to lead, not follow, in making sacrifices for the good of others.

Even so, we recognise that the danger of social isolation is also important, especially at Christmas. With that in mind, we will still hold an in-person Christmas Eve service at 18:00. We will meet outdoors in front of the church, and you can register here

We will review these decisions after the first of the year, and be in touch with our regular weekly email as plans unfold.

Then, a reminder that God still comes at Christmas:

Nothing can stop God's love from coming to us at Christmas. Alone or together, when we are ready or not, in good times and difficult ones, in life and in death, God shows up to live among us, love us and show us grace.

The whole message of Christmas is that God abides with us, here, where we are, on earth. Take time to remember that.

Light candles in your home for Advent, and for Christmas Eve. Watch worship online--ours on Sundays and one of the brilliant cathedral lessons & carols services on Christmas Eve. Pray. Call family and friends on the phone or FaceTime or Zoom. Sing carols, even all alone, at the top of your voice at home. Drop goodies or cards on neighbour's doorsteps, especially those who might be alone. 

And every time you do, know that God joins in.

Faithfully,
Pastor Jennifer

WORSHIP
Worship Online

Sunday Worship for December 20 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 Third Sunday of Advent is below, with the lighting of the Advent candle of joy, music from Joanna Davies and a sermon 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.
Register for Christmas Eve
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.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Bible Study
Sunday Mornings – 9:45 to 10:45 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/83520559317?pwd=S0tQQTJTNGRjSnJLWjA4elU4dXJKUT09
Meeting ID: 835 2055 9317
Passcode: 889871

 
Virtual Fellowship is back on while in-person Sunday services are suspended. Join us for a chat from 12:00 to 12:30.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83062819798?pwd=bWFMRkhMS240dXhEMkZpL2VoVkI4dz09
Meeting ID: 830 6281 9798
Passcode: 600317

 
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 December, we will focus our prayers on various mission partners, this week the C4WS Cold Weather Shelter.
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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