When the building of this church was being envisioned in the 1920s, one of the congregation’s priorities was to provide a community space for young families to gather and enjoy their leisure time. So a theatre was built, and in the basement a bowling alley. Today, the bowling alley has become a basketball court, and over 2,000 people come through our doors each day for a full calendar of activities, including fitness, yoga, dance and martial arts classes, two full-time children’s schools, plus children’s language and theatre classes, scout meetings, and counseling and support groups, like AA and SOS Help.
Our community rooms are also used for special events, like the ACP Marché de Noël in November; the Bloom Where You’re Planted orientation program for newcomers, organized by the Women of the American Church (WOAC); fundraising events like the annual white elephant sale and concert to raise money for La Cause, a French charity; and university and summer camp fairs, debutant balls and wedding receptions also take place at the ACP facilities.
All these community activities make up the church’s outreach to those in the city who might otherwise never walk through our doors. They provide a first haven to English-speakers who have just arrived, and a lively multi-cultural center for those who stay.