Sunday Worship

09h00: Traditional; weekly communion

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

13h30: Contemporary

Women's Gathering

Ladies, join us for fellowship on Sunday 8 March 12h30-13h30 in the ACP Library. Guest speaker Pastor Michelle Wahila discusses "The Beauty Myth."

Sandwich Ministry

Help the ACP Missions team feed homeless people. Sandwich preparation on Friday 8 Mar 19h30; distribution on Saturday 21 Mar 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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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.)

Ronald White — Thurber Thursday 12 March 18h30

Abraham Lincoln 2015; Wisdom for Today

Ronald C. White, Jr.

Our guest speaker will be Ronald C. White, Jr., graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and author of A. Lincoln: A Biography, a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book was honored as a best book of 2009 by the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, History Book Club, and Barnes & Noble.His Lincoln biography won the coveted Christopher Award in 2010 which salutes books “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”

White is also the author of Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (2002), honored as a New York Times Notable Book of 2002, and a Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words (2005), a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a selection of the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.

He is presently writing a comprehensive biography of Ulysses S. Grant — American Ulysses — which will be published in the spring of 2015 by Random House. He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on the PBS News Hour.

Dr. White is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Religion and History from Princeton University. He has studied at Lincoln Theological College in England. He has been honored with a D. H. L. [Doctor of Humane Letters] from Whitworth University. He has taught at UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, Colorado College, Rider University, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library, Visiting Professor of History at UCLA, and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in La Cañada, California.  www.ronaldcwhitejr.com

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

ACP Café — Friday 13 March 19h30-21h30

 Still Point hosts the ACP Café 

Friday 13 March 19h30-21h30.  

ACP Café

Still Point, live in the ACP Theater. Free entry, beverages and snacks provided. Free admission.

 

Children’s Communion Class - Sunday 15 March 12h15-14h00 ACP Library

Would you like your child to participate in communion, but worry that they don't fully understand this holy rite?
Pastor Michelle will be lending context and understanding, as well as practical instruction, to children concerning the Eucharist. Parents are invited to accompany their children. Light snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Allison Wheeler.

James Alison — Thurber Thursday 19 March 18h30

What does Micah 6:8 look like through the eyes of a Christian...who happens to be Gay?"

James Alison

Our guest speaker will be James Alison, a Catholic theologian, priest and author. He has studied, lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the United States as well as his native England. A systematic theologian by training, James has developed Jesus the Forgiving Victim, a program of induction into the Christian Faith for adults, following on from the insight into desire associated with René Girard. He has taught the course, either as a whole or in portions, to small groups around the world over the last fourteen years, and its form and content has been shaped by those experiences.

James earned his doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is the author of Knowing Jesus (London: SPCK 1992,8; Springfield: Templegate 1993); Raising Abel New York: Crossroad 1996 (2nd edition, updated, London: SPCK 2010) The Joy of Being Wrong (Crossroad 1998); Faith beyond resentment: fragments catholic and gay (London: Darton Longman & Todd 2001; Crossroad 2001) On being liked (DLT 2003 and Crossroad 2004). Undergoing God (DLT (London) and Continuum (New York) 2006) and Broken Hearts and New Creations: intimations of a great reversal (DLT (London) and Continuum (New York) 2010. Editions of some of James’ books exist in Spanish, Italian, Dutch, French, Russian and Portuguese. Some of his more recent writings can be found in a variety of languages on his U.K. website. www.jamesalison.co.uk

Having lived with the Dominican Order between 1981 and 1995, James works as an itinerant preacher, lecturer and retreat giver. He is currently a Fellow, and the chair of the Education Committee, of Imitatio. He accompanies a wide variety of publics, through academic lectures, undergraduate, postgraduate and professors’ seminars, adult catechesis courses, retreats for priests, parish groups, and Catholic and ecumenical gay and lesbian retreats. James’ 2014 schedule includes engagements in Capetown, South Africa. When not on the road, James lives in São Paulo, Brazil.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

Combined Traditional/Contemporary Worship Service - 22 March

One Big Congregational Service - 11h30

We will start at 10h30 with coffee and croissants; worship together at 11h30; and gather for our annual congregational meeting at 12h45. Don't miss this special day: you may well meet people you didn't know were fellow worshippers

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser Concert — Friday 27 March 20h00

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser ConcertThe Rotary Club Paris Champs Elysées is sponsoring for the 7th consecutive year one of the longstanding missions of the ACP, the «Habitat for Humanity» program which involves sending a group of 10 volunteers to build a house for a needy family, this year to Romania, Ploiesti near Bucarest (18-26 April). The Team will be working on a project called "8 new homes" in Ploiesti, where 8 families with at least 3 members each will live in a decent home at the end of the project. Families will work a total of 8,000 hours on their homes and on the homes of their neighbors. The goal is the development of a new, more energy efficient and cost effective quadruple buildings for 8 families living in poverty housing in Ploiesti.

In order to fund this program, we are organizing a concert with the exceptional «AGAPANTHE» baroque choir directed by Isabelle Retailleau singing works by Purcell, Williams, Wilbye, Weelkes, Gibbons, Britten, Tippet and others followed by the prized piano soloist Nathalia Romanenko with parts of her new program “Kaleidoscope” by De Falla, Hemsi, Tchaikovski, Mussorsky.

Tickets will be on sale at ACP reception, the coffee hour, or www.concerthabitat.com.

Come with your friends for an evening of music, inspiration and fun and help us raise funds for the Habitat for Humanity program, the merits of which you will learn all about during the introduction. Come and discover the newly renovated sanctuary and the secrets of the functioning the most welcoming church abroad followed by a wine buffet reception.

 

 

Welcome Sara Barton, ACP's new Director of Children’s and Youth Music Ministries

We are pleased to introduce Sara Barton, our new Director of Children’s and Youth Music Ministries. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Sara was raised in Miami, Florida. Her first experience in music was playing the xylophone for a school play at age 5, and piano lessons soon followed. She studied both piano and later the organ, and became organist at a local church at age 15. Sara earned a BA from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge where she studied English Literature and served as Organ Scholar. She then returned to Miami and served as organist and handbell director first at Christ the King Lutheran Church (1999-2006), and later at Coral Gables Congregational Church (2006-2008). While in Miami she obtained a Master of Music from Florida International University, whilst also serving as an adjunct professor. Sara has been a music teacher for many years, and currently teaches at École Jeannine Manuel for students at collège level. Sara has lived in France since 2008, and resides in Villejuif with her family.

200th Anniversary Service DVD Available

On Saturday 13 October the English-speaking churches in Paris celebrated the 200th anniversary of English-speaking worship in this city. This inspirational ecumenical worship service includes the message by Dr. Mark Labberton (President of Fuller Theological Seminary), the 200-voice anniversary choir, the ACP Bronze Ringers, members of the American Dance Academy of Paris and the many lectors who helped lead worship. There are also many beautiful shots of the interior of the Madeleine Church. The cost is 10 euros per DVD. They can be purchased at the Sunday fellowship time after services, or at the reception desk during the week.

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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