Easter Sunday Worship

7h15: Sunrise Service, on the quai

9h00: Traditional Service

11h00: Traditional Service

13h30: Contemporary Service

Breakfast Ministry

Help the ACP Missions team feed homeless people. Breakfast preparation on Friday 3 Apr 19h30; distribution on Saturday 4 Apr 8h00. Contact.

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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Holy Week 2015

The American Church in Paris welcomes you to join us in following Jesus from Palm Sunday to Good Friday to His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Palm/Passion Sunday — 29 March

  • Worship Services at 9h00, 11h00 and 13h30
  • Childcare and Children’s Worship available during the 11h00 and 13h30 services
  • Note: change to Summer Time.

Holy Monday — 30 March
Holy Tuesday — 31 March
Holy Wednesday — 1 April

  • Holden Evening Prayer Service 19h00-19h30
    The Holden Evening Prayer is a lovely setting of vespers, following the traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language, written by Marty Haugen in 1985-1986 while he was the musician-in-residence at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in Washington State.

Maundy Thursday — 2 April

  • Worship Service at 20h00, with communion.

Good Friday — 3 April

  • Worship Service at 20h00

Easter Sunday — 5 April

  • Sunrise Service at 7h15 on the quai d’Orsay in front of the ACP
  • Easter Fellowship Breakfast in the Thurber Room at 8h00
  • Worship Services at 9h00, 11h00 and 13h30
    • 9h00 and 11h00: Traditional Celebration of the Resurrection
    • 13h30: Contemporary Celebration of the Resurrection

Note: The 9h00 and 11h00 services are identical on Easter Sunday. Both feature vocal choirs, handbells, soloists, trumpets, organ and piano.

Note: Children (infants - 2 years) are welcomed into the nursery on Easter Sunday.  There will be no Children’s Worship during the 11h00 and 13h30 services. Children will be worshiping with their parents to witness this amazing service. Activity packets will be handed out to younger children.

 Easter Monday — 6 April

  • Church building closed

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Lenten Devotional Calendar

 Welcome Lent

What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

‘Tis the Season
The season of Lent is a spiritual journey, an opportunity to reflect on our lives and our habits in light of our Christian faith. It is a time to draw closer to our God as He draws closer to the cross. May this Lenten calendar (available here) help you and your family to do just that by exploring more deeply ACP’s theme verse for the year, Micah 6:8.

Every Day
Each day of the calendar features a verse, a devotional (contributed by various members of our congregation and our pastoral staff), a conversation starter, and a prayer. We hope these spiritual tools help you move ahead daily in your spiritual journey.

On the Sabbath
On Sabbath days, we encourage you to take at least ten minutes out of your busy day to enjoy true Sabbath rest, a time to be centered and still in the presence of God.

Enjoy your Sunday image; may it even guide your meditations. If you have young children, ten minutes of total silence and stillness might be a stretch. Invite the kids to join you as they can, or provide quiet and God-centered activity nearby. (The child in us still loves drawing prayers to God.)

Father Andrew Bigg — Thurber Thursday 9 April 18h30

Philosophical approach to the theology-science dialogue and its possible implications for the 21st Century

Andrew Bigg

Our guest speaker will be Andrew Bigg. Father Bigg has Masters degrees in both Physics (through Oxford) and Theology (BA through Leeds and MA through Sheffield) and is currently in the second half of a PhD program on the subject of a particular philosophical take on the theology-science dialogue and its relevance for systematic theology. He has been an ordained Anglican minister for three and a half years and arrived as Assistant Chaplain at St George's in September 2014 having completed a three year curacy in a parish in Yorkshire in the UK.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

ACP Choir Concert – Saturday 11 April 19h30

Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise)

The concert features Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 52, commonly known as Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise). It was composed in 1840 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of the printing press. Mendelssohn’s description of the work was "A Symphony-Cantata on Words of the Holy Bible, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra". The American Church Choir will be joined by the choir Lux Perpetua, and accompanied by the Association Symphonique de Paris under the direction of Franck Chastrusse. Tickets may be purchased at the door (Adults: 12 euros; students/children: 5 euros).

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

Click here to read the current edition of The Spire, ACP's monthly newsletter.

 

Click here to hear the latest ACP Today: Faith Talk from Paris radio broadcast.