“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” ~Micah 6:8b
Throughout Scripture, we are reminded of humanity’s place in the story of God’s loving mission to the world. Equally, through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, we are compelled to continue that mission as a testament to our faith. From our beginnings as an outreach to the American naval and army personnel passing through London during the Second World War to our transformation into a church filled with many nations and many creeds, the American International Church (AIC) has always held outreach and service to the local community and the wider world at the core of who we are.
For nearly 50 years—from Grosvenor Square to Tottenham Court Road—AIC has been partnering with missions around London to better serve our local community. From providing food and clothing for the homeless and food poor to providing shelter for London’s homeless and refugee populations during the winter months, we first seek to serve the least of those who live in this city. Internationally, from our partnership with a social justice team in Cebu, Philippines to our outreach work with various partners in the Middle East, we seek to look beyond our immediate surroundings in order to be fully involved in Christ’s mission for the world. In all of these, we partner with local and international churches as a reflection of Christ’s Global Church.
The Soup Kitchen: Founded in 1986, The Soup Kitchen @ AIC is a resource for the homeless, elderly, lonely and poor in Central London. Working with this crucial mission, the church supports the provision of free hot meals, clothes and toiletries, and the space provided offers a sense of belonging and community for those who are in need.
C4WS Homeless Project: A project of CARIS Camden, AIC has been supporting C4WS (Community of Camden Churches Cold Weather Shelter) since 2009. As a part of this partnership, AIC hosts 16 overnight guests once a week between January and March. With a devoted group of volunteers, we provide dinner, a place to sleep and a hot breakfast along with offering a warm and welcoming space for all those who pass through our doors from C4WS.
Oli and Constance Smith: Working through Serge, an international missions organization, Oli and Constance are working as church-planters in East London. They began working with Serge on a church-planting project in Camden Town and have since worked for Serge’s Apprentice Program which trains and equips young people in cross-cultural mission. Now working in Walthamstow, Oli and Constance have a passion for seeing those far from the Church encounter Christ for the first time.
Her Majesty’s Prison Pentonville: Working alongside the Anglican and Catholic clergy at HMP Pentonville, AIC’s choir routinely visits the Category B/C, all-male prison to offer special music and an alternative community. HMP Pentonville is routinely used for men on remand, so the presence of the AIC choir offers a welcome change from the normal uncertainty surrounding the transition from one prison to another.
International Justice Mission, Cebu Office: Founded in 1997, IJM works with local governments and communities in Latin America, Africa and South and Southeast Asia to fight slavery, sex trafficking, sexual violence, police brutality, property grabbing and citizens rights abuse. IJM’s goal is to work through and strengthen local justice systems in order to help protect marginalized communities and bring criminals to justice. Beginning in 2017, AIC relaunched its partnership with IJM by sponsoring IJM’s office in Cebu, Philippines. This office, founded in 2006, works specifically to combat the cybersex trafficking of young children.
Health Outreach to the Middle East: Begun by a group of Middle Eastern Christians in North America, H.O.M.E. now supports 18 low-cost clinics, hospitals and medical projects throughout the Middle East in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan and South Sudan. In particular, H.O.M.E.’s permanent and mobile clinics in Iraq and Syria have been a critical support on the frontline of the refugee crisis precipitated by the Syrian Civil War and the fight against Daesh.
Palestinian Bible Society: Formally established in 1993, PBS’ primary mission is to make the Bible and other religious materials available to Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In addition to this work, PBS maintains Project Centers in Bethlehem, Bir Zet, Gaza, Jenin, Jericho, Ramallah and Nablus.
Get Involved! All of the mission and outreach partners supported by AIC are given a direct line of contact to the wider congregation through lay leaders serving on the Mission Committee. To get in touch with one of these lay leaders or to find out more about getting involved with the Mission Committee, please contact AIC’s Missions and Ministry Intern, Jonathan Miller, at email@example.com.