ABOUT THE AME CHURCH
Our church is a part of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) denomination. Our church was founded in 1787 and incorporated in 1816 in Philadelphia, PA. Our Mother Church is Mother Bethel AME Church located at 6th and Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA. The founder of the AME Church is Bishop Richard Allen (1760-1831).
OUR NAME MEANS:
The word African means that the church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. It does not mean that the church was founded in Africa, or that it was for persons of African descent only.
The church’s roots are of the family of Methodist churches. Methodism provides an orderly system of rules and regulations and places emphasis on a plain and simple gospel.
Episcopal refers to the form of government under which the church operates. It means that the church is governed by bishops. The chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are the Bishops of the church.
The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development all people.
At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy. It is also the duty of the Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.
The ultimate purposes are: (1) make available God’s biblical principles, (2) spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and (3) provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.
In order to meet the needs at every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in (1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and significance of the AME Church, (5) God’s biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.
The Motto of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
“God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family”