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The American Church in Paris hosts a wide variety of regular activities and programs and special events within our facilities.
When the building of this church was being envisioned in the 1920s, one of the congregation’s priorities was to provide a community space for young families to gather and enjoy their leisure time. So a theatre was built, and in the basement a bowling alley. Today, the bowling alley has become a basketball court, and over 2,000 people come through our doors each day for a full calendar of activities, including fitness, yoga, dance and martial arts classes, two full-time children’s schools, plus children’s language and theatre classes, scout meetings, and counseling and support groups, like AA and SOS Help. The majority of these events are not sponsored by the American Church, but are part of our outreach umbrella serving to integrate the wider Parisian community by providing a place for sports, educational, and cultural activities to take place and thrive. All organizations, while not directly linked to the ACP, remain respectful of our church.
Our community rooms are also used for special events, like the ACP Marché de Noël in November; the Bloom Where You’re Planted orientation program for newcomers; fundraising events like the annual white elephant sale and concert to raise money for La Cause, a French charity; and university and summer camp fairs, debutant balls and wedding receptions also take place at the ACP facilities.
Information on the availability and cost of using our facilities can be obtained by emailing our Business Admininstrator. Space availability for any particular event you may have in mind can be checked by logging on to the Virtual EMS Room Scheduler by clicking here. Note that usage of all rooms on Sunday is exclusively reserved for American Church in Paris worship, education, and fellowship.
All these community activities make up the church’s outreach to those in the city who might otherwise never walk through our doors. They provide a first haven to English-speakers who have just arrived, and a lively multi-cultural center for those who stay.