American Church in Paris
|American Church in Paris|
Église américaine de Paris
|Style||15th century Gothic|
|Groundbreaking||March 1, 1926|
|Completed||September 6, 1931|
|Capacity||600 (main level), 100 (balcony)|
|Senior pastor(s)||Scott Herr|
The American Church in Paris is the first American church established outside the United States. It traces its roots back to 1814, and the present church building - located at 65 Quai d'Orsay in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France - dates to 1931. The closest métro station is Invalides
The American Church in Paris was then, as now, an interdenominational fellowship, for all those adhering to the historic Christian tradition as expressed in the Apostles' Creed. It served both the expatriate American community, and a wide variety of other English-speaking people from different countries and denominational backgrounds.
The American Church continues to minister to many Anglophone Protestants in Paris, with multicultural programming, and a congregation coming from some 40 nations and 35 Christian denominations.
The church is led in worship by the senior pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor and a retired guest pastor who handles weddings. Its staff is also diverse in terms of background and denomination. It is run by a church council represented by a committee of ministries namely: Communications, Community Life, Christian Education, Development and Property, Finance and Stewardship, Human Resources, Membership and Evangelism, Mission Outreach, and Worship and Music. The building hosts two bilingual nursery schools, a variety of Twelve-step program recovery groups, fitness classes, kung fu, basketball leagues, a free concert series, and an ad board for housing and job opportunities. Many more community-based services are housed in the church building.
The Eiffel Tower with the church spire on the right from the Pont Alexandre III
A close-up view of the spire from the Invalides bridge, with the Eiffel Tower in the background
The spire, center, as seen from the Invalides bridge
- Cochran & chronological record.
- "L'Eglise de l'Oratoire Saint Honoré ou du Louvre". Oratoire du Louvre (in French). n.d. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- Cochran & ch. V.
- Cochran, Joseph W. (1931). Friendly Adventurers a Chronicle of the American Church of Paris (1857-1931). Paris: Brentano's. ASIN B000J0NSKA.
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