Sunday Worship

09h00: Traditional; weekly communion

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

13h30: Contemporary

Bloom – 4 October

Newcomer to Paris?   Attend the
Bloom Where You’re Planted orientation program on Saturday 4 October.

New member orientation

Interested in becoming a member of ACP? Join the orientation class on 5 October 12h30 in the 2nd Floor Library. 

Please RSVP to Community Life.

Welcome to the ACP — A Beacon on the Seine since 1857


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.


200th Anniversary Service - Saturday 11 October 15h30, Eglise de la Madeleine


Paris’s English-speaking places of worship join for a special service

The message will be given by Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Theological Seminary. There will be a 200-voice choir, six special vocal soloists, handbells, and organ. Come and bring friends to this special celebratory service.

Two hundred years ago in 1814, the Oratoire du Louvre opened its doors to worship for English-speaking Protestants. It marked not only a milestone in French religious history but the genesis of the American Church in Paris, the oldest private American institution abroad.  In celebrating this 200th anniversary of public English-speaking worship with other churches in Paris, the ACP reaffirms its mission to bear witness by word and deed to the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. We continue to exist in order to be a blessing to the city of Paris and the world, and look to the future with hope, anticipation and expectation of greater things to come.

Salon — Thurber Thursday 2 Oct 18h30


Second of a three-part "Salon" series of musicians, poets, and visual artists sharing their work and discussing the relationship between artists and the church. Music from French songstress Dawn and Family + with visual art from Richard Vander Aa

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

Bloom Where You’re Planted — Saturday 4 October 9h-18h


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

Saturday 4 October 2014 — 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.


Youth Parent Forum — Sunday 5 October 15h00-17h00

Global Education Experience - Applying to Anglophone Universities

Global Education Experience 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 Anastassia Sharpe, ACP Youth Intern, to reserve your spot.

The Global Education Experience will offer a wonderful presentation helping parents better understand the timeline, challenges and best practices for applying to Anglophone universities around the world.

A 45-minute time of Questions & Answers will follow the presentation.

The Presentation

The presentation by Global Education Experience, a Paris-based educational counseling company, will help students and their parents better understand the timeline, challenges, and best practices for applying to Anglophone universities around the world. The first hour of the session will feature a presentation, primarily about the U.S. and U.K. application systems. The second hour will be a Q&A for parents to have their most pressing questions answered.

Presenter Profiles

Sebastian is a passionate and experienced writer who, until recently, worked for The American University of Paris, first as a recruitment coordinator and then as the Online Communications Manager, before accepting a position as a Communications Officer at the OECD in 2014. Sebastian works directly with students on developing their personal statements and helps prepare them for potential interviews.

Joumana is a multilingual international education specialist, counselor, and higher education consultant based in Paris, France. She found her passion for educational counseling in her work as a Senior Admissions Counselor at The American University of Paris. In 2012 Joumana co-founded Global Education Experience, and educational counseling company in Paris that assists families in choosing and applying to schools and universities. Joumana's specialties are educational counseling, university research and choices and application management.

The Company

Global Education Experience is a private educational consulting company based in Paris, France. Their motivated and dynamic team is specialized in the field of international education and can assist you and your son or daughter with the process of choosing and applying to the right university and program.

They work directly with the family to find the most suitable program based on the student's profile. All of their services are personalized and adapted to each student and their family. They believe in a hands-on approach and work closely with the student, family, and school to create a positive and successful admissions experience.


Dr Mark Labberton — Thurber Thursday 9 Oct 18h30

Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus

Dr. Mark Labberton

Dr. Mark Labberton is the fifth President and Lloyd John Ogilvie Professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Described as a “Renaissance Man” by the Pasadena Star-News, he is a painter, musician and a well-travelled public speaker - and universally admired by his students. He took his Master’s degree at Fuller and went on for a Ph.D. in theology at Cambridge University.

He speaks of challenges facing institutions of higher education and seminaries today, especially financial and technological: “I think that technology, while it disrupts higher education, also creates opportunities for connections to the wider world.” It is this philosophy of blending worship and scholarship that brings Reverend Labberton to Paris. He says, “There are a lot of different bridges that need to be built and encouraged and that’s a big piece of what I want to do.” The Fuller Board of Trustees Chairman describes him as “a man of incredible breadth. He is a scholar, a pastor and a leader.”

Finally, Dr. Labberton says, “Because I’ve been a pastor for the better part of 30 years, I have a deep sense of what the local church is about. Because I have served in a creative, dynamic place – in Berkeley, California – for most of those years, I have a sense of the way that culture is changing.”

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

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

ACP Fall Retreat — 31 October - 2 November, 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.

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, 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.


Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) at ACP


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!

For more information about MOPS at ACP, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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).

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.