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

Do you have any songs that always bring you a smile? For me, Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" (you may know it from the Despicable Me film) always makes me feel a sense of joy--and even a desire to get up and dance. 

Sometimes, when life is hard and the world's cruelty seems endless, we wonder if it is right to ever rejoice. Can we dance and celebrate when people are hungry, the planet is hurting, violence and prejudice rage?

This week in the story of Nehemiah, we learn that rejoicing doesn't come from our perfection or the rightness of the world. It comes from knowing that God is faithful, no matter what. Because we can count on God's love and grace even when we fail, there is always room to rejoice.

So, I invite you to prepare for worship this week. by putting on your favourite song of joy, and dancing around a bit! Give thanks to God for never giving up on us.

Faithfully,
Pastor Jennifer


Need ideas for a good song? Start with some great gospel tunes from last week's worship service below!

If you like pop music, here are some of my favourites:
Pharrell Williams, Happy
The BeeGees, Stayin' Alive
The Beatles, Twist and Shout
You Can't Stop the Beat, from Hairspray
Rihanna, We Found Love
 

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.
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Diversity & Inclusion at AIC
At our AGM on 26 September, the Church Council opened a churchwide discussion about justice, diversity, and inclusion in our congregation. Beginning with our Becoming Antiracist group, discussions have emerged in various areas of the church related to topics such as antiracism, accessibility and equal marriage. Our faith calls us to address inclusivity in many forms, and equal marriage has been brought forward as a next step for discussion and action. Opportunities for study, dialogue, and feedback are in the planning stage. 
But we want to hear from you! 
How do 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.
TFL Congestion Charge
Since lockdown, the Congestion Charge has come into effect on Sundays, impacting the ability for some families to drive to AIC. While we encourage cycling, walking and public transit as the most environmentally-friendly ways to come to central London, we also recognise that some people need to drive in order to make church accessible. We are working with other churches to urge TFL to postpone the congestion charge until 13:00 on Sundays, to allow people to drive to worship. If you would like to join in this effort, the public comment is open until Wednesday, October 6 here.
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.
  • 10 October – Our next after-church Sunday school 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 will be outside as weather permits, pick up at AIC at 14:00

We hope to see you and your children soon!

Faithfully,
Pastor Jared

Join us for online Bible Study via Zoom. We are currently following  the worship texts through the book of Nehemiah. 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

SERVE & GIVE
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 jonathan@amchurch.co.uk 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. 
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
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