Sunday Worship

09h00: Traditional; weekly communion

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

13h30: Contemporary

Alpha Course

Explore the meaning of life; ask challenging questions about the Christian faith. Learn more by joining us for Week 1 on Thursday 22 January with dinner from 18h30.

New member orientation

Interested in becoming a member of ACP? Join the orientation class on 8 February 12h30 in the 2nd Floor Library. 

Please RSVP to Community Life.

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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Alpha Course

Got questions about life? Try the Alpha Course

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Ever wanted to explore the meaning of life or ask challenging questions about the Christian faith? Do you have a family member, friend, neighbor or colleague who is asking questions about life? If you've answered "yes" then the Alpha Course is for you!

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, informal and friendly way. It welcomes all those big questions – and it's free!

ACP is running an all-Church Alpha (open to all ages) beginning on Thursday 22 January. The course will then run every Thursday for 10 weeks. Each session starts with a meal at 18h30 followed by a short video talk looking at different aspects of the Christian faith, with topics such as How can I have faith? and Does God heal today?. Afterwards there are small group discussions, where you can talk about what you have heard and ask any questions you might have.

No question is too simple or too hostile!! Whether you've never heard of God, you're someone who has recently come to faith or you have been a Christian all of your life, this course is for you! Even if you've been a Christian for many years, Alpha is a great way to remind yourself about the fundamental aspects of faith and it is also perfect to invite friends to who are seeking answers about life...so why not invite them to come along with you?

Is there more to life than this? Come and join us on Thursday 22 January at 19h30 and let's find out together.

Miss the launch party? It's not too late to join the course.

For more information, please feel free to contact Heather here. Make sure that you keep up-to-date with details about the Launch Party and the course by checking the ACP website and social media channels.

22.5 million people around the world have done Alpha – have you?

More information here.

The Rev. Dr. Jeff Powell, Visiting Pastor

We welcome The Rev. Dr. Jeff and Alba Powell as Jeff will be serving as the new Visiting Pastor in charge of weddings. Pastor Jeff Powell was ordained in 1976 and served as a pastor in four Presbyterian congregations in Southern California. In 1992 he and Alba, his wife, began their ministry to international English-speaking congregations and he served as Pastor/Head of Staff at the Tokyo Union Church (1992-1997), the American Church in London (1997-2001) and the United Community Church of Buenos Aires (2003-2006). During his ministry he specialized in the areas of evangelism and congregational renewal. While on sabbatical in 2002 he served as Guest Pastor involved in the wedding ministry at the American Church in Paris. Pastor Jeff has recently retired and lives in Seal Beach, CA. USA. He and Alba have three children and three grandchildren. He is delighted to return to ACP as Guest Pastor. Alba Powell was born in Guatemala and grew up as an active member of a Presbyterian Church there. She trained as a primary school teacher and holds a masters degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the USA and has worked for California Children's Services, the Tokyo Counseling Center and has done counseling in private practice. She has served the church as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and co-director of the Logos Youth Club. She is looking forward to being a partner in ministry at the American Church in Paris.

Debbie Bellingham — Thurber Thursday 5 Feb 18h30

The Eternal Now - Finding God in the everyday.

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You are a busy person, with a challenging career and/or a much loved family. It probably seems as if your time is not your own, that you are owned and are identified by the deadlines and demands of these rigorous and yet chosen roles of yours. Perhaps your schedule and the requirements of these assignments may have caused you to lose the time you once devoted to self-care; you would like to live in God’s kingdom, and be transformed into the image of Christ, but who has the time or energy? It seems a difficult task. A thing you want, but have trouble finding the time to pursue.

Perhaps that is because you have a wrong idea about how to accomplish it. It is really very simple.

All that is required of you is to accept God’s love coming toward you in the present moment, and to respond to this love in obedience.

I said it was simple, but it is not necessarily easy.

The passive movement - Jean Pierre de Caussade will teach us how to “make a sacrament of the present moment;” turning ordinary events of our lives into sacred encounters.

The active movement - St. Therese de Liseaux is our model for letting our every word and deed be an act of worship to the God we love.

Guest speaker, Debby Bellingham (DMin, Christian Spiritual Formation), is a Spiritual Director, a licensed psychotherapist, an ordained minister, author and experienced retreat facilitator. Currently she lives in Ossining, NY with her husband, Jack and her pugs, Molly and Ellie. She enjoys learning new things, running and hanging out with her grandchildren. You can learn more about her by visiting her blog. (www.thementoredlfe.com)

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

Scott Cormode — Thurber Thursday 12 Feb 18h30

Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King as Speakers for Change

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Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King delivered the most famous speeches in American History. And their words changed the world. What can religious leaders learn from how Lincoln and King changed the story of a people and in so doing changed the people themselves?

Our guest speaker will be Scott Cormode, Academic Dean and Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Scott Cormode was named academic dean in Fall 2013, after serving on the faculty at Fuller since 2006 as the Hugh De Pree Associate Professor of Leadership Development. Cormode brought significant leadership and teaching experience to this position, as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who served for the previous decade as George Butler Associate Professor of Church Administration and Finance at Claremont School of Theology. Cormode also served at Claremont as associate dean for institutional research, chair of the Curriculum Committee, chair of the Accreditation Team, and principal writer of the Long Range Planning Committee.

Functioning as a leader of leaders, Cormode founded in 1998 the Academy of Religious Leadership, an organization for professors who teach leadership in seminaries, and created the Journal of Religious Leadership, for which he also acts as editor, in 2001. His articles on leadership, organization, and technology have appeared as well in Christian Century, Theological Education, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His most recent book, Making Spiritual Sense: Theological Interpretation as Christian Leadership, was published by Abingdon Press in 2006. He has served as convener for numerous leadership conferences, presented dozens of papers, chaired various boards, and led training events. He maintains a series of case studies and other resources on christianleaders.org, a website for developing Christian leaders. fuller.edu/faculty/scormode/

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

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.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) at ACP

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Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is a program designed to encourage mothers with children under school age through relationships and resources. We come from different backgrounds and lifestyles, yet have similar needs and a shared desire to be the best mothers we can be! www.mops.org

For more information about MOPS at ACP, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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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