Officially chartered under French law in 1856 with a constitution stating:
The American Church in Paris is the instrument of the American and Foreign Christian Union, which is charged with the responsibility of maintaining a place and program of Protestant worship designed particularly for the American community, but open to all residents and visitors in Paris.
ACP has been intentionally interdenominational since the beginning. While officially Protestant, we welcome Christians of all denominations, including Roman Catholics who account for approximately 20% of the regular worshipping congregation. The liturgy for the service is drawn from the prayer books of several of the major Protestant denominations an is similar to contemporary Roman Catholic liturgy as well.
In addition to being a spiritual home for English-speakers in Paris, the American Church also serves the larger community through educational, cultural, and social programs in the Franco-American Community Center. Approximately 1,000 people use the facilities each day.
What we Believe:
theologically, The American Church in Paris may be characterized as belonging to the historic Christian mainstream. Today, our constitution states:
The Church recognizes the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the revelation of God in matters of faith and practice, and it accepts as a symbol of our union with the great body of Christians, living and dead, the spiritual truths embodies in the Apostles Creed. The church asserts its beliefs in the freedom and responsibility of the individual and the right of private judgment exercised under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- I believe in God, the Father almighty,
- creator of heaven and earth.
- I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
- who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
- born of the Virgin Mary,
- suffered under Pontius Pilate,
- was crucified, died, and was buried;
- he descended to the dead.
- On the third day he rose again;
- he ascended into heaven,
- he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
- and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
- I believe in the Holy Spirit,
- the holy catholic Church,
- the communion of saints,
- the forgiveness of sins,
- the resurrection of the body,
- and the life everlasting.
- A note from our Pastor, Rev.Scott Herr
- “The criteria for members here at the ACP is based solely on confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We affirm the Apostles Creed. This is the oldest ecumenical creed, going back to the first apostles, and links us with the larger body of Christ around the world. We welcome different expressions of the apostolic faith as developed in various Christian traditions, but given our diversity, must remember “The main thing is to keep the main the main thing!”
- I think the motto of the English 17th century English Puritan pastor Richard Baxter is very appropriate for our community. He advised, “In necessary things unity; in doubtful things liberty; and in all things charity.” With members from over 40 different nationalities and Christian traditions and denominations, we are truly a work of the Holy Spirit! We hope that you will ask any questions you may have about who we are, what we believe and how we live out our faith here as an English-speaking, international, interdenominational Protestant church.”