Virtual Worship Service
You can also watch on Youtube here.
You can download the worship bulletin here.
Click "Read more ..." for the abbreviated bulletin.
Previous Virtual Worship Services are available here.
During this difficult season of social distancing our attempts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus bring stressors, worries, and fears that we may be struggling to manage. If you would like members of the laycare ministry team, members of the prayer chain, and the pastoral team to uphold you in prayer during your time of struggle please send us a Prayer Request and let us know of your concern. Our laycare ministry team, our people on the prayer chain, and the pastoral team will surely uphold you in prayer.
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
La rentrée is here! And while this is a rentrée unlike any other, this week launches a new season of mission and ministry at ACP! This means that we will come together in new ways to learn, grow, and deepen our relationships with God and with one another.
Learn about ACP's rentrée 2020 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. And be sure to attend ACP’s Ministry Fair in person or on line!
Click the slides or links below for more information.
21 Days of Prayer, starting 6 September
The Enneagram Journey – A 12 week Spiritual Growth Adventure!, starting 9 September
ACP Youth Music Ministry Fall program, starting 9 September
Women's Monthly Sunday Fellowship, next 11 October
Virtual Thurber Conversation: Plans to Give You Hope, 15 September
Women's Monthly Bible Study: Women of the Old Testament, starting 27 September
Kids' Monthly Bible Study, starting 27 September
I Want to Join ACP! - New Member Orientation, Thursday 24 September at 19h30-21h via Zoom
Ministry Fair and Virtual Coffee Hour, Sunday 20 September
The Alpha Course - Introduction to Christianity, begins Thursday 1 October
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the American Church in Paris has been dedicated to remaining a vibrant community and to providing online resources for worship, learning, spiritual formation, and holistic health. Now in these days of “partial de-confinement” we are taking steps to re-open the church buildings for worship, schools and other community groups in a way that is safe, sustainable, and fair for all.
Please continue to check our website for the latest news. We have begun re-gathering for Worship in the Sanctuary on Sundays at 11h. Capacity is limited and seating is reserved (register here) because of Covid-19 protocols. These services are different from those before the pandemic, but we hope are still honoring to God and inspiring to our congregation and our extended community. We will continue the Virtual Worship services for the foreseeable future.
We are very much alive and have even seen growth through this time of physical distancing and sheltering at home. Whether you are one of the thousands of viewers from over 70 different countries who join us for online worship, or new to Paris and seeking a church family, we hope you will be patient until we can meet again!
In the meantime, we continue to pursue our mission "to bear witness in word and deed to the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ." God's grace and peace be with you!
Interim Senior Pastor
Odette was born in Stamford, Connecticut and raised in southern California. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she pastored, founded, and redeveloped congregations and university ministries in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area including UCLA, UC Berkeley, and San Diego State University.
With a BA in Religious Studies from California State University, Northridge, she graduated summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity. While a student she co-founded the Anna Howard Shaw Center, and was delegate to the World Council of Churches Consultation on Women in Theology in Cartigny, Switzerland. She taught seminarians in the practice of ministry as Faculty Director of Community Engaged Learning at the Pacific School of Religion, teaching immersion courses in Colombia, Washington D.C., and at the U.S. Mexico border, engaging Christian theology and the public square.
Her writing includes devotionals, curricula, sermons and poetry, as well as articles on social religious history, prayer, and Christian formation. Grateful to serve with the ACP in this transitional season, “In Christ, our lives and our life together are shaped and reshaped by the Spirit. Every gift is needed. Christ removes barriers we place before the Lord’s Table or the altar of our hearts.”
Odette and her husband of thirty-five years, the Rev. Jim Lockwood-Stewart, take delight and loving pride in their four grown children, and eight grandchildren, who live in California, Oklahoma, and Maryland. Rev. Jim is a retired United Methodist pastor and a bassoonist. For re-creation, Odette enjoys reading, writing, cinema, theater, studying languages, and she revels in being a flaneuse.
ACP is committed to moving forward with in-sanctuary worship services as Covid-19 protocols allow, and also providing a quality online experience for those not able to return to church for live worship. But in order to accomplish these two things, we need people to usher and work with livestreaming.
Ushering: Volunteers are needed for each service to welcome and seat worshipers in a safe and efficient manner. Training is available and the commitment is for about 2.5 hours on a Sunday. If we have a large enough team, ushers will need to serve only once a month.
Live-streaming: Volunteers will be trained to use the cameras and software systems that ACP is putting into place. We need two people for each worship service and would hope to build a team of 6-10 people for each service. You don't have to be technically inclined as we will train you, but if you have an interest in video and sound, please offer your services.
Please do prayerfully consider how you could help out as we continue to adjust to worshiping in new and different ways. ACP's sanctuary worship services depend on volunteers.
Interested? Please contact us here.
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 with weekly communion.
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.