Sunday Worship

09h00: Traditional; weekly communion

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

13h30: Contemporary

Thanksgiving

Community Thanksgiving Service:  27 Nov 12h15 at the American Cathedral

Thanksgiving Dinner:  29 Nov 17h00 & 20h30 at ACP. Registration available soon.

Youth Parent Forum

Adam McLane speaks on today's youth and the social media influence. Sunday 26 October 15h00-17h00. Free and open to all. More information here.

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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Youth Parent Forum — Sunday 26 October 15h00-17h00 in the ACP Library

A Parent's Guide to Social Media
with Adam McLane

A Parent's Guide to Social Media This is a FREE event, open to the public and we hope will help educate and encourage parents, and continue to develop a strong parental resource network here in Paris.

Please RSVP to Pastor Dan Haugh to reserve your spot.

Adam McLane, Co-Author of A Parent’s Guide to Social Media says: “Delete Snapchat!” Adam McLane declared war on Snapchat in a blog post and the public is responding. His post, Why You Should Delete Snapchat received nearly 4 million views drawing national media attention, requests for interviews, and invitations to speak at public schools across the country.

Adam McLane is a leading voice and authority on teen culture, social media, and youth work. More than a “presentation,” The Six Healthy Habits of Social Media equips teenagers, teachers, and parents with language and facilitates healthy dialog on the issue. Speaking from a place of knowledge and experience, not fear and judgment,

Adam brings a healthy, balanced, positive approach to using Social Media. He knows firsthand that connecting with teenagers takes patience, persistence, transparency—and a little of creativity. When Adam McLane engages students, families, and schools, he has one purpose in mind: to create a positive environment that encourages communication, equips parents and teachers, and educates teens. His unique events bring together adults and teenagers in an open and honest discussion on the realities and dangers of life in a digitally-connected world.

For more information on Adam McLane or A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Social Media visit AdamMcLane.com.

ACP Fall Retreat — 31 Oct - 2 Nov, La Clarté-Dieu

Guest speaker: Dr. Eric D. Barreto, Associate Professor of New Testament at the Luther Seminary.

ACP Fall Retreat — 25-27 October, La Clarté-DieuThere will be time for morning devotions, groups sessions, worship together and plenty of time for Sabbath rest. Come and see God at work and be blessed by a weekend with the ACP family in a beautiful wooded setting.

The Retreat will take place at La Clarté-Dieu, a Franciscan center 20 km southwest of Paris.  The center is accessible by RER B and automobile. Detailed transportation information is available here.


ACP Fall Retreat — 25-27 October, La Clarté-DieuOur guest speaker will be Dr. Eric D. Barreto, Associate Professor of New Testament at the Luther Seminary. Dr. Barreto's bio here

He will teach the Gospel of Luke through two powerful images: tables and healings. At tables, Jesus draws sinners of all kinds around a table where everyone belongs, where the food never runs out, where abundance and delight and joy are the order of the day. That's precisely what the kingdom looks like for Luke. Then when Jesus heals, he continues to point to that abundant life, a life in which death is held at bay and community divisions are healed.

Tentative schedule
Information about children's activities here

FRIDAY
Evening
• Participants arrive 21h00-21h30
     Free time, fellowship & children's activities
     Snacks provided

SATURDAY
Morning
• Personal devotionals available for individuals and families
• Breakfast
• Morning Worship
• Session 1 with children
• Break
• Session 2 & separate children's session

Afternoon
• Lunch
• Free time

Evening
• Refreshments (fruit, wine and cheese)
• Dinner
• Session 3

SUNDAY
Morning
• Breakfast
• Worship & children's session
• Pack & leave, by 14h00

ACP's Fall Retreat will take place at the La Clarté-Dieu, a Franciscan center 20 km southwest of Paris. The center is accessible by RER B and automobile. Detailed transportation information is available here.

Dr. Eric Barreto — Thurber Thursday 6 & 13 Nov 18h30

6 November:  "A People for God's Name": Believing and Belonging in Luke-Acts
13 November:  Faith in The End: Apocalypse and Revelation Today

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Our guest speaker will be Dr. Eric D. Barreto, Associate Professor of New Testament at the Luther Seminary. Prior to joining Luther Seminary in July 2009, Dr. Barreto served in Atlanta as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology and McAfee School of Theology. He also gained experience teaching in Sankor, Ghana, through Coast for Christ Ministries. In addition, he worked as a teaching assistant at Candler School of Theology and at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in Princeton, N.J. Barreto was ordained into the Gospel Ministry by Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, in July 2006. He holds a doctorate in New Testament from Emory University in Atlanta, and holds a master of divinity from PTS and a bachelor of arts in religion, magna cum laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.

"A People for God's Name": Believing and Belonging in Luke-Acts

Survey after survey demonstrates that ethnic diversity is only increasing in recent days and yet many of our churches remain culturally homogeneous. What might a church that invites diversity look like? We will turn to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles to wonder together how God's gift of diversity might take root in our lives together. Too often, our tendency has been to imagine that our faith “solves” the "problems" of diversity by making us all one, the same. In contrast, the author of Luke-Acts views our differences as a gift to be treasured not a difficulty to be overcome.

Faith in The End: Apocalypse and Revelation Today

Revelation is a difficult book to read. With powerful and often disturbing images, John leads us into a world of comfort and hope in the midst of persecution but also fear and trepidation as the very foundations of the world are shaken. Making matters even more difficult are the various ways Christians have read this book. Is Revelation a precise sketch of the last days, a word of relief to early Christians no longer relevant to us, or something in between? For far too long, many Christians have avoided this last book of the Bible, but we shouldn't. In Revelation, we learn that God is ever faithful and that God's love knows no end.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

Marché de Noël

Saturday 15 November 11h00 – 17h00,  free entry.

Marché de Noël

The Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) is held annually at the ACP. This day-long event is organized by ACP’s Mission Outreach Committee, and all proceeds from ACP tables benefit mission ministries.

The 2014 Marché de Noël will have a variety of booths offering:

  • Handmade crafts & artwork
  • Gifts, cards, jewelry, house wares
  • Books – new and used, French and English
  • Christmas decorations including centerpieces, poinsettias, Santons de Provence
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Positive Discipline for Parents

Positive Discipline for Parents

Monday, Oct. 6, 13, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, and Dec 1 – 9h00-11h00 in Catacombs

For parents who want to (who doesn’t!):

• Eliminate power struggles
• Create calm bedtime and morning routines
• Quiet sibling conflicts
• Find more joy in your busy life
• Teach your child(ren) positive life skills

Interactive workshop to learn and practice tools to grow family harmony and reduce tension. A principle-based approach to growing honor-based relationships at home.

Facilitated by Denise Dampierre, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Teacher Educator. Also, MBA, manager, mother of 4 boys, and ACP Children’s Worship volunteer.

First session (October 6) is free. If you like it, stay n’ pay for the 6 successive classes. 200€ for the 14 hours of hands-on learning and training. For scholarships and couple rates, contact Denise Dampierre at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to reserve your spot.

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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The Spire & ACP Today

Click here to read the current edition of The Spire, ACP's monthly newsletter.

 

Click here to hear the latest ACP Today: Faith Talk from Paris radio broadcast.

Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Associate Professor of New Testament at the Luther Seminary.

ACP Fall Retreat — 25-27 October, La Clarté-Dieu

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Prior to joining Luther Seminary in July 2009, Dr. Barreto served in Atlanta as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology and McAfee School of Theology. He also gained experience teaching in Sankor, Ghana, through Coast for Christ Ministries. In addition, he worked as a teaching assistant at Candler School of Theology and at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in Princeton, N.J.

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Barreto was ordained into the Gospel Ministry by Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, in July 2006. He holds a doctorate in New Testament from Emory University in Atlanta, and holds a master of divinity from PTS and a bachelor of arts in religion, magna cum laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.

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Barreto has received numerous academic honors. His most recent include the George W. Woodruff Fellowship, the Emory Minority Fellowship Grant, and several grants from the Hispanic Theological Initiative and the Fund for Theological Education. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

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Barreto's most recent publications include two entries, "Puerto Ricans" and "Hispanic Theological Initiative," in the forthcoming Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO), In Miguel de la Torre, Ed. He also published, "The Bible is Like ... or is It" in SBL Forum in January 2009 and presented a paper on the same topic in November 2007 at the SBL Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. He has also presented at several regional conferences and has published in both online and print publications.

ACP Inter-generational Fall Retreat

Children's Activities

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Friday night, we will be having Costumes 'n Candy: the children will have an opportunity to dress up in their Halloween costumes, go trick or treating at the rooms of other ACP members, play fun fall games like bobbing for apples, and finish the evening by watching the Charlie Brown Halloween special, "The Great Pumpkin."

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The fun continues on Saturday after breakfast with an inter-generational morning session led by guest speaker Dr. Eric D. Barreto. The children will figure centrally (literally!) into our discussion of the Lord's Table as an image of the kingdom by gathering at the Table and making it their own.

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After a short break, the children and adults will separate into age-appropriate break-out sessions, with a focus on the story of the anointing. Pastor Michelle and Allison Wheeler will be leading this time for children so that parents may have some time to focus primarily on their own spiritual needs.

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After lunch, we will have an afternoon of free time, a valuable opportunity for fellowship among members of our ACP community. Enjoy spending time with friends new and old, and if the weather permits, make sure to take advantage of the beautiful forest surrounding La Clarte-Dieu.

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After snacks and dinner, we will finish with an evening service and vespers.

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There will be worship on Sunday morning, and then everyone will be free to go their separate ways, hopefully feeling refreshed and spiritually renewed.