Here at AIC, we seek to be an intergenerational community, where children and youth are fully welcomed and included in the life of the church.
We also know that it is valuable for students to gather in more age-specific groups where they are able to learn and grow with their peers. We aim to create safe spaces for all students to discuss faith and life as they build meaningful relationships with peers and caring adults.
As our children begin their lifelong journey of faith, we seek to teach them the stories of the Bible in a fun and age-appropriate way, share with them the experience of belonging to a loving Christian community, and help them develop Christian practices like prayer, service, fellowship and generosity.
The Crèche is available every Sunday from 10am for children from newborn to four years old. Our nursery is fully equipped and staffed with paid professionals who love babies and toddlers. Children will be nurtured and cared for with gentleness and Christ-centered love.
Children’s Church meets during the 11am worship service. Children sit with their families during the beginning of worship for singing, prayers and a children’s sermon. They are then dismissed with their teachers for a short lesson related to that morning’s scripture, a time for reflection and the offering of prayer and songs that mirrors the main service.
On the first Sunday of each month, the children remain in the worship service as we celebrate Communion together as a whole congregation.
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL (SECONDARY SCHOOL) YOUTH
Our youth gather monthly for a group lunch and a group activity or outing. Activities have included baking cookies for the cold weather shelter, visiting a labyrinth in London and going to local museums to study biblical or spiritual themes.
Each year we also offer the opportunity for our youth to travel to one of our European sister churches for a weekend youth conference.
We offer a rolling program for youth age 13+ to engage in worship, study service, community and mentoring understand what it means to follow Christ. Depending on your family’s tradition and the youth’s own discernment, the program is designed to culminate in Confirmation, Believer’s Baptism or a Profession of Faith. For more information, contact Rev. Jennifer Mills-Knutsen.
We recognize the challenge of finding family time and community in London, especially for newcomers and expats. Throughout the year, we organize events designed for all ages in order to offer the opportunity to meet other church families and have fun as a family. We host picnics in the park in spring and autumn, a Family Fun Day with a meal and games after Sunday worship, a Christmas tree decorating day, an unrehearsed Nativity Play and more.
We take seriously our responsibilities for safeguarding children. All volunteers and staff who work with children must participate in a background check and always work in pairs.