“For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:7)
Welcome to the ACP — A Beacon on the Seine since 1857
The American Church in Paris (ACP) welcomes you to worship each Sunday. The 11h service is a traditional service with special music from one of our guest soloists or various choirs; the 14h 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.
Saturday 11 December 17h & 20h American Church in Paris sanctuary
The American Church Choir The ACP Bronze Ringers Fred Gramann, Director
ACP Chamber Choir "Ensemble Lumina" Caroline Drury, Director
Le Choeur d’Enfants Sotto Voce Scott Alan Prouty, Director
Mirabeau String Quartet Scott Alan Prouty, Director
You will hear works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Caccini, Rutter, Poulenc, Adam, Gramann and others. The concert concludes with everyone joining to sing carols in English and French
Tickets will be available at the American Church as of 14 November. Numbered, reserved seating is 30 euros for all ages. Regular, unreserved seating is 15 euros for adults and 10 euros for students and children. Note: All sales final.
After 30 November, tickets will only be available at the church (thus no longer with the order form).
We regret it is not possible to make reservations by phone.
Les billets seront disponibles à l'église américaine à partir du 14 novembre. Les places numérotées sont de 30 euros pour tous les âges. Les places assises non numérotées coûtent 15 euros pour les adultes et 10 euros pour les étudiants et les enfants. Note: Toutes les ventes sont finales .
A partir du 30 novembre les derniers billets seront en vente uniquement à l’eglise.
We would like to extend to you the opportunity to tangibly participate in our Christmas Eve worship services this year, wherever you may be, by providing a Christmas Poinsettia for the ACP sanctuary and making a special dedication in honor or memory of a loved one in our worship bulletins.
The suggested donation for the poinsettia is 25€ per plant. However, we invite you to prayerfully consider making a special donation for your poinsettia to help ACP thrive into the next year.
We are dreaming of having many poinsettias decorating the sanctuary each one given with love for the ACP while honoring or remembering the donors’ loved ones from all over the world.
Please be sure to fill in the Service Bulletin Dedication field. Examples: In honor of "honored person", by "honoring person/family". In memory of "remembered person", by "remembering person/family". Also see examples from a previous Christmas Eve bulletin.
Last day to order: 19 December
Choose Bank card, PayPal or Direct Debit on 3rd screen of donation system.
As a reminder, ACP takes data privacy very seriously and does not retain donor bank card numbers.
ACP Advent and Christmas Celebrations 2021
Thurber Conversation - 18 January 2021 - Our next best steps!
Featuring Rev. Grace Imathiu, a leading activist/pastor for Welcome and Inclusion Tuesday 18 January 19h30-21h via Zoom.
to attend this Thurber conversation via Zoom.
On 2 May 2021, ACP adopted an Affirmation of Welcome and Inclusion that we're now called to live into. The affirmation reads as follows:
We believe that we are called to love and welcome all people of all socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, races, nationalities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ and seek to be his disciple may become members of our church.
We believe that all members of the ACP should have the same rights and responsibilities.
It's time to take our next best steps – to live out our affirmations! We're delighted to have Grace Imathiu joining us once again to guide us in the process. Though we're sincerely committed to loving all in word and in deed- to making Christ's extravagant love known to all who wish to experience it, it's not always easy to do so...yet it can be done!
Join us as we examine together what can be done to make Christ's love known to those who have been made to feel unwelcome and unloved in life, and even within the church.
Grace Imathiu is Senior Pastor of First UMC in Evanston, Il. She has also served churches in Kenya as a church planter; a superintendent minister overseeing 68 rural churches in Nkubu; and an urban minister to an ecumenical congregation in Nairobi with strong outreach to the neighboring slums of Kawangware. Pastor Grace is intimately familiar with the Church in its many theological expressions and social locations.
Grace loves people and has a passion and gift for inspiring and nurturing communities of faith to live out loud the prophetic story of Jesus. For Grace, the quintessential expression of the resurrected Lord’s presence is a community whose very DNA is a radical hospitality, which births a loving and a healthy tension that is ideological, theological, racial, ethnic, and cultural.
Thurber Conversations are an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.
Video recordings of selected past Thurber Lectures and Conversations here
Wednesday Evening Adult Learning: St. Paul - The Bridge Builder
Wednesdays 19h30-21h via Zoom (10 November - 15 December).
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Join us each Wednesday evening as we explore the mission and vision of the Apostle Paul as revealed in his letters to the churches in Asia Minor.
The early church struggled day after day to live into it's new identity as a united/passionate community of faith. Individuals and groups within the churches often had contrary ideas about Christ, Paul, and one another. The vision of unity that Jesus prayed for in the upper room prior to his crucifixion didn't take hold overnight. The church struggled intensely with racial divides, economic disparities, gender inequality, cultural misunderstandings, as well as Biblical/theological interpretation. They struggled to live into their identity as Christians in a Roman world- a world that was hostile to anyone who threatened the Roman way of life.
For such a time as this, the Apostle Paul gave his all to build bridges of love, grace, and unity; to impart and to pursue one dream, to preach one gospel, and to sacrifice everything for one beautiful vision: that all people would believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be one in their shared witness to the world. May that bridge building dream develop and thrive in and through us, for such a time as ours.
November 17 Love- Love works and love shares.- I Cor. 4; 2 Cor. 11; Col. 3
November 24 The Table- Finding our connections. - I Cor. 10-11, Gal. 3, Rom. 12
December 1 Holiness- Beyond being separate- Eph. 4-5; 2 Thess. 2
December 8 Freedom- From, to Become, and For.- Acts 16; Rom. 13; 2 Cor. 5
December 15 Flourishing- The fullness of life.- Acts 17; Gal. 5; Phil. 1-2; 2Tim. 2
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Generosity Campaign 2021-2022
Renovating and Rebuilding the Church
God is at work at ACP and within each of us! As we build his post-pandemic church, we must continue to support and invest in those areas that accomplish God’s work through ACP – through our worship services, our missions and outreach, and our gorgeous facilities which support our community. These ministries and those of you engaged in each of them are touching the lives of so many in our community!
We are immensely grateful for the great deal of staff and volunteer time and talent that runs these ministries. But as we all know, operating ACP also requires funding and strong stewardship of these funds. This is the focus of our two-part Generosity Campaign 2021-22, Renovating and Rebuilding the Church.
Matching program for year-end 2021. We are delighted to give an update on the program by two generous donors to match up to 100,000€ of special, additional giving – above and beyond your regular giving. This is a huge opportunity for us to close the nearly 220,000€ financial gap for 2021 caused by the lack of weddings and lower rentals during the pandemic. Thanks to your amazing response, we are very close to meeting the the goal. The deadline for matching has been extended until Christmas, so please help us make the final push to 100,000€. Every Euro you give becomes two! By six, if you consider the French tax benefits of your giving!
Estimated giving in 2022. To lay the foundation for the post-pandemic church, we will focus in the next year on how giving is a blessing – we give through the church, not to the church. Stewardship is part of our recognition of God’s work in our lives and helps us achieve his mission through us. Please let us know here what you plan to give in 2022 here: , so that ACP can budget accordingly. Your Council members are already in the process of submitting their estimated giving commitments.
On Sunday 28 November, we will have a joyful celebration of our collective commitment to the ACP in 2022. On that Commitment Sunday, you will be able to present a paper pledge card or acknowledgement of your online pledge in the offering plate.
The amounts of any estimated and actual giving is kept strictly confidential, accessible only to ACP's Senior Pastor and finance/accounting team for processing donations and issuing tax receipts. Contact information is maintained in accordance with the ACP data privacy rules.
ACP is dependent on your continued giving – so if you stop giving then we will be unable to continue operating at our current level.
During the month of November, we will continue the weekly sharing by our ministries of both how they serve our Paris congregation and community but also what new things they have planned for 2022. During this period, we ask each of you to pray and reflect on how you can further God’s work through ACP. Any level of support is a blessing to the church and it is by all participating as each of us is able that we will surmount our challenges and rebuild our church in this post-pandemic world.
In case you miss any of the weekly Moment for Ministry during the service or would like to watch one of the presentations again just click the links below,
Also watch the bulletin, Spire and our website for further Generosity campaign information like pledging, the matching program, building a culture of giving and further actions we are taking to build the post-pandemic church.
For surely, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Learn about ACP's 2021 worship services, Bible studies, small group studies and prayer, educational events, music ministries, family sharing groups and resources, youth and young adults, and fellowship initiatives below.
Click the slides or links below for more information.
Worship+2 is our formula for spiritual health! Whether you are in Paris or traveling, you can join God's people for corporate worship every week on Sunday.
During the week, make sure you are feeding your heart, mind, and soul with life-giving encouragement and inspiration through a small group, prayer, or Bible study group. The plus 1!
Then, make sure that you are exercising your gifts with life-giving service, for example, by singing in the choir, playing in the band, teaching a class, helping out with Children's Worship, serving as an usher or welcome host, scripture reader, or communion server on Sundays, preparing food for Thurber Lectures or the Friday Mission Lunch, or taking food out to people experiencing homelessness. The plus 2!
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). Read more...
Read about ACP's wedding and vow renewal services here.