Sunday Worship

09h00: Traditional; weekly communion

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

13h30: Contemporary

ACP Today – 6 July

Tune in to the ACP Today radio show. Broadcast the first and third Mondays of each month at 20h45 at 100.7 FM.
ACP Today, Faith Talk from Paris!

ACP Café – 17 July

Still Point hosts the ACP Café at 19h30 in the Theater.
Free entry, beverages and snacks provided. Dinner catered.

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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Guest Choir - Sunday 5 July 11h00 worship service

St. George’s School Choir

At the 11h00 service on Sunday 5 July we will welcome the musicians of St. George’s, Weybridge, a group of enthusiastic young singers ages 9-15 from St. George’s College and St George’s Junior School in Surrey, UK. They will be on a tour to Paris and Holland with five performances.

Introducing our Visiting Pastor — Jay McKell

The American Church in Paris welcomes Jay and Elizabeth McKell

Jay and Elizabeth McKellJay and Elizabeth are life-long Presbyterians who have always been active in the church.

Jay has served as an Associate and Solo Pastor, a New Church Development Pastor where he officiated at nearly seven hundred baptisms, and has just completed work as an Interim focusing on Pastoral Care where he officiated at nearly two hundred funerals. He has served on the Board and as Chair of United Way and has worked extensively with The Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a group that has sought full inclusion of GLBT persons in the church and for marriage equality. He enjoys gardening and aspires to become a water color painter. (On his days off you may find him down by the Seine with brush in hand.)

Elizabeth has been a choir member, church school teacher, handbell ringer, Deacon, hostess of innumerable congregational gatherings in their home, the primary meal preparer for Up-Lift, a ministry that serves the hungry in the Kansas City community, and currently she is serving as an Elder as well as a member of the Board of Presbyterian Manners of Mid-America, an agency overseeing seventeen retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and photography (including editing beautiful Shutterfly books).

They are the parents of three grown sons, Josh, Shannon and Matt. As of 26 June, they have welcomed Matt's wife, Lisa, into their family. They have five grandchildren, Tyler, Amanda, Emma, Zach, and Maddie, each of whom brings particular gladness to their hearts. Their two cats, No Way and Not Now, will be traveling to Paris with them.

Guest Preacher, Rev. Leo Curry — Sunday 19 July

The Rev. Leo W. Curry, Pastor of the Fordham United Methodist Church, Bronx, New York is an elder in the New York Annual Conference. He is the son, grandson and nephew of Methodist preachers. His paternal grandfather, The Rev. Elijah J. Curry, Sr. was ordained in 1892 in the South Carolina Conference. He had seven sons and five of them became Methodist pastors, including Rev. Curry's father, The Rev. Francis D. Curry, Sr. Rev. Curry's grandfather also had three daughters, two of whom married Methodist pastors.

The Reverend Leo W. Curry, entered the ordained ministry after a successful career teaching French, Spanish, and English as a Second Language. He received his undergraduate and graduate education in Romance Languages and Literature at Howard University. His seminary education was completed at New York Theological Seminary where he distinguished himself as the recipient of the President's Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior.

Reverend Curry's philosophy is that the church is first and foremost a teaching institution which teaches the content of the Christian faith aimed at transformation of human character and the world. He firmly believes in an inclusive church where all of God's children are welcome,

Rev. Curry has held many leadership positions within the Metropolitan District and Conference of the New York Annual Conference (NYAC) of the United Methodist Church. From 1989 to 2004 he was Secretary of the NYAC. He currently serves as Chair of the District Superintendency Committee; Chair of Mission and Outreach of the United Methodist City Society (City Society); a member of the Board of the City Society; and a certified mentor for clergy candidates. He is also a contributor to the book Black United Methodists Preach, edited by Dr. Gennifer Brooks of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Light and Lines - Photography Exhibit

Image: Jérome Tisné. Gauche, Left: Mali, Mopti, 2003  Droite, Right: Egypte, Taba, 2004.

Come view the Light and Lines exhibit by photographer Jérôme Tisné, curated by Liyu Yeo, in the American Church sanctuary. Exhibit is open to the public during our Open Door Ministry times.

This body of work originated from a visual shock experienced by the artist whilst researching for a magical spot for fashion photos. Discovering a light so violent and blinding, so strong and fierce, as if conveying a sense of solitude and vastness, the artist attempts to immortalize this vision via photography. These photos are also the results of the fascination that the artist has for the horizon line: the almost neat separation between earth and sky, where the vision ends in infinity. The horizon line bordering on abstraction, appearing enigmatic in pastel tones, like being in a dream.

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ACP Vacation Bible School Registration

 SonSpark Labs Vacation Bible School

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Place: American Church in Paris
Dates:  24 – 28 August
Times: 9h00-13h00
Who: Children ages 3-10

This year's theme is SonSpark Labs. It creates a fun and engaging discovery lab where children will have a great time singing fun songs, watching skits, creating crafts and playing games. But most important, they’ll discover that God’s plan for everyone is Jesus! We’re looking forward to sharing this exciting event with the children, and hope they will all join us at SonSpark Labs.

There is a 25 euro participation fee for each child (to be paid on the first day)

Pre-registration is encouraged. Register here.

 

ACP Young Artists Week — 24 to 28 August

 Young Artists Week 2015

Young Artists Week 2015

Place: American Church in Paris
Dates:  24 – 28 August
Times: 12h30-16h30
Who: Youth ages 11-18

Fee 25 euro per student

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Bloom Where You’re Planted — Saturday 3 October 9h-18h

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Join us for this popular orientation program designed to help English-speaking newcomers settle into their new life in Paris.

Saturday 3 October 2015 — 9h-18h

 About Bloom     

 

Since 1970, the American Church has sponsored Bloom Where You’re Planted – How to Live in France. This full day seminar, designed to assist English-speaking newcomers to France, features speakers and/or workshops on various topics from food and wine tasting to health care and general safety, need-to-know subjects, and just plain fun facts about France. Bloom helps with understanding cultural differences, creating a new life in Paris, and getting connected with friends and organizations throughout Paris and the surrounding areas.

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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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