Sunday Worship

09h00: Traditional; weekly communion

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

13h30: Contemporary

Congregational Meeting

All ACP members are invited to attend the Semi-annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday 24 May at 12h30.  Those unable to attend, please submit a proxy form here.

New member orientation

Interested in becoming a member of ACP? Join the orientation class on 31 May 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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Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley at the ACP

Thurber Thursday lecture — Thursday 21 May 18:30
Guest Preacher — Sunday 24 May

#BlackLivesMatter - The Continual Quest for the Kingdom in America — Thurber Thursday lecture

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley Why are so many unarmed Black men being gravely injured or dying at the hands of police officers in America? How can we understand the violent community uprisings that often follow each new death? What do these recent events say about the state of Dr. King's "dream" in America?

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30. Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley is the Senior Pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) in Alexandria.

Rev. Wesley represents the fourth generation of Baptist preachers in his family. He is the son of the late Rev. Dr. Alvin J. Wesley and Dr. Helene J. Wesley. A 1994 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University; he doubled majored in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. After his first year in medical school, he yielded to God’s call once again and walked away from a medical career to attend seminary in preparation for serving God’s people. He attended the Boston University School of Theology where he was a Martin L. King, Jr. Scholar and a 1997 summa cum laude graduate concentrating on Biblical Studies and African-American religious history. His passion for preaching and learning led him to the Associated Chicago Theological School’s Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program where he graduated from the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary with his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2003.

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Pastor Karla Halvorson — Thurber Thursday 28 May 18h30

Centering Prayer

Karla Halvorson

"Contemplative Prayer is the world in which God can do anything. To move into this realm is the greatest adventure. It is to open to the Infinite and hence infinite possibilities.” T. Keating.

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

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Paul Ohana — Thurber Thursday 4 June 18h30

Leadership in the Bible

Paul Ohana

Our guest speaker will be Paul Ohana. Paul, co-author of Leadership in the Bible (www.leadershipinthebible.com), is an international management consultant, has a broad background in leadership. Entrepreneur, author and lecturer, he strives to make everyone a better leader.

Paul has a multidisciplinary background in engineering, law, economics, management, and marketing acquired at ENSTelecommunications Paris, the Sorbonne, International Marketing Institute of the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and at the graduate School of the University of Pittsburgh. He has managed large companies and innovative start-ups in France, Morocco, Israel and the United States. Paul lives in Paris.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

Dr. Ravi Zacharias to preach at ACP — Sunday 7 June (11h & 13h30 services)

Dr. Ravi Zacharias

Dr. Ravi Zacharias is an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist. A defender of traditional evangelicalism. He is the Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2014.

Dr. Zacharias has spoken all over the world for 42 years in scores of universities, notably Harvard, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Oxford University. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president’s cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique.

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Spring Retreat for Adults — 26-28 June 2015

Retreat exploring Christian Spirtuality
led by Rev. Dr. Deborah Hunsinger of Princeton Theological Seminary

Abbaye FleuryThe ACP’s annual Spring Retreat for adults will take place the weekend of 26-28 June. We will be returning to the Abbaye Fleury, a historic Benedictine monastery on the banks of the Loire about two hours from Paris. This year’s retreat will focus on “finding the prayer of your heart.” God knows the longings of our hearts but with busy lives and multiple demands on our time, we sometimes get disconnected from ourselves and from God. This retreat is meant to give you a sense of spaciousness, with time to contemplate your life in the light of God’s purposes for you.

You will be introduced to a variety of prayer practices that have helped Christians through the ages to find the longing of their hearts and bring them before God in prayer. Bring a pen and a journal (blank sheets of paper will do), a Bible, an inquiring mind and an open heart.

Deborah van Deusen HunsingerDeborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Ph.D. has taught at Princeton Theological Seminary for 21 years. She holds the chair, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology, teaching courses in pastoral care and pastoral theology. Deborah is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She earned her M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School and her Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York in the field of Psychiatry and Religion.

Originally trained as a pastoral counselor, Deborah has extensive experience in a variety of therapeutic modalities, having worked with individuals, couples, families and groups. In 1988, she founded the Bangor Pastoral Counseling Service in Bangor, Maine as an outreach ministry of her home congregation and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She is interested in educating both clergy and laypeople to offer theologically sound, psychologically informed and contextually sensitive pastoral care in the church. While Deborah is author of several books, the most pertinent one for our retreat was published in 2006. It is entitled Pray Without Ceasing: Revitalizing Pastoral Care.

Our program will begin with supper Friday evening, and end after lunch on Sunday. It will include discussion, meditation and prayer time, perhaps a question period with a monk, and some free time to relax. A very special opportunity we have is the option for each of us to attend any or all of the six daily offices with the monks. This is an environment conducive to a silent retreat for any who wish. The cost is 125€ per person (exclusive of transportation), limited to a maximum of 36 people.

For more information, please contact Pastor Jeff Powell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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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