Sunday Worship

09h00: Traditional; weekly communion

11h00: Traditional, with choirs; communion
           first Sunday of month

13h30: Contemporary

Gospel Worship Service

Join us on Friday 25 April 19h30 as we celebrate our first worship service with traditional gospel and African spiritual music.

Women's Gathering

Join us for fellowship at the next Women's Gathering on Sunday 4 May 12h30-13h30 in the 2nd Floor Library.
Guest speaker Dr. Buki Kogbi.

Welcome to the ACP — A Beacon on the Seine since 1857

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The American Church in Paris (ACP) welcomes you to worship each Sunday at one of our three services. The 09h00 service is a weekly communion service; the 11h00 service is a traditional service with special music from one of our guest soloists or various choirs; the 13h30 service is a contemporary service.

Our congregation is an interdenominational and international Christian community whose mission is to bear witness by word and deed to the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, to provide a place of English language worship in the American Protestant tradition, and to engage in ministries and services that enrich the lives of residents and visitors in Paris.

The ACP is the first American church established outside of the United States. Begun in 1814, its official charter and first sanctuary were established in 1857. We have been located on the quai d’Orsay since 1931.

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Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault — Thurber Thursday 24 April 18h30

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The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault will speak on 24 April in the Thurber Room.

Modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. She is the founding director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School. You can read more about Cynthia on her website by clicking here.

Speaking on her new book The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, Cynthia asks us to take a look at an idea from traditional Christianity—the formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—as though we're looking at it for the first time.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Rev. Neal Presa preaches — Sunday 27 April

Rev. Neal D. Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

NPresaNeal is a Filipino American, serving as pastor of Middlesex Presbyterian Church (NJ), Affiliate Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Extraordinary Associate Professor of Practical Theology at the North-West University in Potschefsroom, South Africa.

A committed ecumenist, Neal has served on the executive committees of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and its predecessor, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC).

As an author, Neal has written Here I Am, Lord, Send Me: Ritual and Narrative for a Theology of Presbyteral Ordination in the Reformed Tradition (Resource Publications/Wipf and Stock). His sermon will be titled: “Saving Grace for Anxious Lives.”

An Evening with Jane Goodall -- Thursday 15 May 18h30

The American Church in Paris, proudly presents

Jane GoodallAn Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall

15 May at 18h30
The American Church in Paris
65 Quai d'Orsay, 75007
Lecture in the Sanctuary
Reception in the Theatre

 

World-renowned primatologist, Dame of the British Empire, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. Messenger of Peace - Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral research and exciting updates from the work of the Jane Goodall Institute. The evening will include a lecture by Dr. Goodall, followed by a reception, book signing, a raffle and a meet and greet.

More than 50 years ago, a young Jane Goodall first set foot in what is today Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. Little did she know at the time that she was about to embark on a groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral study that would rock the scientific community and redefine our understanding of animals and, ultimately, ourselves. Likewise, she probably never imaged that she would one day leave Gombe and begin a quest to empower others to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.

Jane Goodall

In her speech, Dr. Goodall will bring her audience into the world of the Gombe chimpanzees―from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field. She will share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues her pioneering research and celebrates its 37th anniversary this year.

During the reception part of the evening Dr Goodall will sign copies of her books, speak in person to those attending, take photos and spend time among the audience in an intimate setting. There will also be a raffle featuring many items donated by the Jane Goodall Institute, including a date with Dr Goodall herself! Lastly, we will also celebrate Jane's 80th birthday right here at the American Church in Paris!

Tickets are available for purchase at €20. Space is limited so please reserve early.

This event is hosted along with the American University in Paris. All proceeds will support the work of the Institut Jane Goodall France. Please visit www.janegoodall.org for more information.

Reserve your spot and book your tickets today right here.

ACP runs to Jerusalem

Collective Run to Jerusalem

ACP Running Team: Paris to JerusalemThe ACP Running Team is on their way to Jerusalem and we need your help in reaching our destination. We'll leave Paris, head down the east coast of Spain, pass through Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt before arriving in Jerusalem. Join us by keeping track of the kilometers you walk or run. Your individual distance will help us reach a group goal of 6000 km.

Who can participate? Anyone who likes to run or walk including men, women and children. The more people who are involved, the fewer kilometers we each have to log!!

How long will we run? Log your miles starting on Ash Wednesday 5 March through Pentecost 8 June.

Won't you join us on our journey to Jerusalem?

Email the distance you run/walk each week to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will update our progress. (Please note if your distance is in miles or kilometers ; send your weekly figure for the week Monday through Sunday.)

March 24 update: We're well on our way ! In fact, we've just crossed over from France into Spain. From Ash Wednesday through Sunday 23 March, we have collectively traveled 870 kilometers (541 miles).

As the famous South African hymn, Siyahamba, goes "We are marching in the light of God"!

March 31 update: Your ACP Runners, and Walkers, have passed Barcelona's sun-filled beaches and dreamy art nouveau architecture, and are on their way along the Spanish coast to Valencia. It might seem like we have a long way to go, but we have covered so much (virtual) distance already. And more importantly, we are on this journey together, supporting each other and searching the depths of our own strength and faith.

There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul. --Kristin Armstrong, mother, writer, and runner

April 7 update: We're on the ferry to Algeria!! Can you feel the Mediterranean breeze on your face, the sun warming your body? What thoughts are going through your mind as you leave Europe and journey to Africa. Are you nervous? Excited? What expectations do you have? What would make you feel welcome, at ease and comfortable in this new environment?

Now think ... do you provide that kind of welcome to others whom you encounter in Paris, at ACP? How can we extend God's grace and loving welcome to visitors to the ACP?

Thanks to your effort and perseverance, in just a short 4.5 weeks, we've gone 1665 km! Help us journey the remaining 4191 km before Pentecost. It's not too late to join us on our (virtual) journey to Jerusalem during Lent and Eastertide. Send the miles (kilometers) you walk or run to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and join us on this spiritual journey.

Stewardship

We Give!

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

Video credit: Dan Stevers Media, Inc. www.danstevers.com

 At the American Church in Paris we are committed to being disciples of Jesus Christ, and we believe that stewardship is a function of discipleship. How we invest the God-given resources of time, talent and money is a lifestyle issue for anyone who desires to grow in faith and commitment as a follower of Jesus. We want to encourage all of our members and friends to reflect on how their lives can have a greater Kingdom impact in the world, and we believe that learning how to receive and how to give is an important means of embodying the gospel.

We give, because God has given so much to us! How do we receive the blessings God desires for us, and learn to share those blessings? How and in what ways does a Christian faithfully and responsibly give? The most radical teaching in the Old Testament on giving is found in Malachi 3:10: "Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing." The word blessing in the Hebrew is b'rakha, and has the same root as the word for "knee." The rabbis remind us that in order to receive and to give a blessing you must be on your knees!

Please prayerfully consider how God is calling you to give of your time, talent and money in order to support the ministry and mission of the American Church in Paris. Together we will give joyful blessings to this city and the world!

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Support Us

Gifts in support of the ministries and mission of the American Church in Paris may be made directly to the Church or to our United States sponsor, the American and Foreign Christian Union (AFCU).
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The Spire & ACP Today

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