You can also watch on Youtube here.
You can download the worship bulletin here.
Previous Worship Online Services are available here.
Wednesday 21 April 19h30-21h via Zoom
Join a special Zoom conversation with Pastors Odette, Jodi, Doug, and Jim. These group conversations will be a wonderful opportunity to follow up on our time with Adam Hamilton and to listen and share deeply with one another our thoughts, beliefs, questions regarding the power of Scripture.
Thursday 15 April 19h30-21h via Zoom.
ACP is greatly blessed to welcome Adam Hamilton to our next Thurber Conversation. Adam is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. He launched The Church of the Resurrection with his wife and two children in 1990. It has since grown to over 22,000 adults and children under his leadership.
He has written over 30 books, including Words of Life, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life as well as Making Sense of the Bible.
Plan to be present for this extraordinary opportunity.
Thurber Conversations are an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.
Video recordings of selected past Thurber Lectures and Conversations here
Wednesday Evening Adult Learning at ACP:
8 weeks, 5 May - 23 June 19h30-21h via ZOOM.
Join us as we embark on a new learning journey focused on John's Letter of Hope to the Seven Churches of Revelation. The word Jesus gave to the churches while John was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos is a word that speaks as relevantly today as it did back in 90AD. It addresses a people who are struggling to live out their faith in Christ while they simultaneously feel beat up by the world/the systems/the cultures that surround them. It's a word that invites us to face our fears and anxieties, a word that brings comfort and challenge even in the midst of significant hardship and uncertainty. It's a word that would be good for us all to hear as we seek to engage and deepen our faith in Christ in the year 2021.
It has been a challenging year for us all, and yet there have been surprising joys, blessings and comforts throughout. Surely, one of our greatest joys has been the opportunity to get to know one another via Zoom- to share thoughts, ideas, reflections as they relate to scripture and our life together, only to realize that God has found a way to keep us connected/abiding in the hope that is only Christ's to give. If you haven't yet joined the Wednesday Evening journey please know it's never to late. You are more than welcome!
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
Learn about ACP's 2021 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.
Click the slides or links below for more information.
Kids' Monthly Bible Study, 30 May
Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Women's Monthly Sunday Fellowship, Sunday 23 May 16h via Zoom. Catalina Wang.
ACP will worship online but not in the sanctuary during the period of confinement for the health and safety of all.
Beloved ACP Community,
As you will hear in the video message above, ACP worship will be online only.
ACP’s Re-Gathering Task Force met today and made this decision unanimously with input from lay leadership, the pastoral team, music and worship leadership and staff as well as research into government statements, the new variants of the virus, and counsel of health experts.
Worship is not cancelled! Services will continue to provide nourishment and inspiration online here on our website and YouTube channel.
Our Holy Week and Easter Services online will be a powerful journey as we worship God through Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection.
We will miss gathering together physically in worship. We praise God for the ways in which we continue to be with each other in praise and prayer by the power of the Spirit.
The grace and peace of Christ be with you.
Pastors Odette, Doug, Jodi, Victor, Allison
A Future with Hope – Strengthened through Generosity!
Jeremiah reminds of us of God's plans for a future with hope.
“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
Your generosity in 2021 enables ACP to provide that hope to hundreds of people each day through our online Worship services, traditional and contemporary music, and the many missions and ministries and outreach activities. Our ministries – our congregation – YOU are making a difference in the lives of individuals. Your generosity is the source of so much good news in this time of uncertainty.
In 2021, as in 2020, ACP is counting on your generosity to allow us to maintain and grow our mission and ministries and to reach a growing community on-line. The ongoing Covid crisis has caused dramatic decreases in our wedding revenues and certain rentals as a result of limits on gatherings. It is for each of us to look at our financial situations, and to prayerfully reflect on how we can provide our church with the resources it needs to be the Beacon on the Seine, and a sustaining force in the lives of its members and the broader community.
One of ACP's goals is for 100 individuals or families in our congregation to take the spiritual step of committing to be generous contributors to God’s work at the ACP by pledging their donation for 2021. This goal is not focused on the amount that each individual or family commits but about the very act of pledging to be purposeful about our role in carrying out the ACP’s mission. Last year, 45 families took this spiritual step despite many others giving – please help us meet our goal of 100 in 2021!
Let's show our collective generosity, pledge now here:
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.
Stewardship plays an important role in enabling ACP to continue being an Embassy for the Kingdom of God and in furthering our individual paths of discipleship. We invite you to pray about the role of giving in your spiritual growth and to join us dedicating our pledges on Sunday. You can find our pledge forms for printing here or on-line version here.