Sunday Worship

09h00: Traditional; weekly communion

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

13h30: Contemporary

ACP Today – 20 Apr

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Sandwich Ministry

Help the ACP Missions team feed homeless people. Breakfast preparation on Friday 17 Apr 19h30; distribution on Saturday 18 Apr 13h30. 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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Introducing our Youth and Young Adult Intern 2015-16 — Alyssa McKnight

Alyssa McKnight Alyssa McKnight, our next Youth and Young Adult Intern will arrive in August.

Hi there! My name is Alyssa and I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve alongside you all at The American Church in Paris! I have only been to Paris once, in 2012 after I studied abroad at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, England, and I absolutely fell in love with the beauty of the streets of Paris. I am the fourth of six children and so I love big families and big gatherings and everything that comes with them! I was born and raised in Honolulu, HI, USA and have slowly been moving further and further east, unintentionally of course ☺. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Ancient Languages and am currently studying and working very hard to receive my Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. I enjoy school and studying very much, but cannot wait to begin working full time in the field I am passionate about.

I enjoy many things outside of school, when I can find the time that is. I love photography, playing my guitar, cooking, especially for friends and big groups, trying new foods and restaurants, taking long walks to explore new areas, big cities are my favorite, and playing volleyball just to name a few. Traveling is my absolute favorite hobby and I do it whenever I get the chance. If you have any tips or secret places I should visit, please let me know! ☺ I absolutely love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and hearing about what they are passionate about. I love to hear about where people come from and where they are going, how they desire to serve God and others, what their visions are for their futures.

If the sun is out and shining you can most likely find me in a comfy spot on the grass or near the water with a book, soaking in as much warmth and sunshine as possible. But I also love snow and Christmas lights and am always up for a stroll in the cold to see the beautiful lights of the season on people’s houses and in shop windows. I am so excited to be able to explore the streets of Paris and the beautiful country of France and its amazing surroundings. But most of all I am excited to meet you all and get to know you, and to have the chance to serve alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ in an amazing city full of rich history, beautiful art and architecture, and food that can be compared to none. God bless you all, and I cannot wait to be with you.

P.S. I love ice cream and will be taking tips on where to go to get the best ice cream or gelato!!

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley to preach at ACP — Sunday 24 May

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley

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.

The intrigue and simplicity of this method of prayer has drawn members of a church in California into this great adventure. Come and hear what God is up to at San Marcos Lutheran Church through the practice of Centering Prayer. This lecture is both a case study and an opportunity to practice this method of prayer in your own life and community.

Our guest speaker will be Karla Halvorson, a pastor of San Marcos Lutheran Church, San Marcos CA, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

San Marcos Lutheran is a vibrant congregation which has recently become active in the contemplative outreach network (ContemplativeOutreach.org). She and members of her congregation are actively pursuing the contemplative approach to prayer through Centering and Sacred Reading (Lectio Divina). These efforts attracted the attention of the ELCA's Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, who visited the congregation and will feature them and this method of prayer in the 2015 Synod Assemblies of the ELCA.

Pastor Karla is a board member of Churches Against (Human) Trafficking (CAT) and the North County Anti Human Trafficking Coalition. She is here on sabbatical through a Lilly Foundation Clergy Renewal Grant. The grant proposal includes time for study and reflection on the Christian practices of contemplation and meditation and how these practices lead to more fruitful outreach, awareness, and action in all areas of social justice. .

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

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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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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