The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.
5th DISTRICT AND EBENEZER THEME FOR THE YEAR
Scripture: Isaiah 54:1-10
St. Luke 12:22-32
WHAT WE BELIEVE AS MEMBERS OF THE AFRICAN METHODIST EPICOPAL CHURCH
The basic foundation of the beliefs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is stated in the Apostle's Creed which reads as follows:
"I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and 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, dead; and buried. The third day he arose from the dead he ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen."
WHO ARE WE
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. The chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are the bishops of the church.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church grew out of the Free African Society, a mutual aid society that had been formed by Richard Allen and Absalom Jones. In 1787 a group of African Americans were seated in the balcony of St. George Methodist Episcopal Church in lower level to kneel and pray at the altar. The officials at St. George pulled them from their knees, showing how far American Methodist would go to enforce racial discrimination against African Americans. Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, who were among those that had been removed from the altar, left the church and made plans to transform their mutual aid society into an African congregation. In 1794 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia was dedicated with Richard Allen as pastor. Today the African Methodist Episcopal Church has membership in twenty Episcopal District, in 39 countries, on five continents.
In 1884 fifteen dedicated men and women with a love for EBENEZER for Christ and a dream of sharing that love with others established a place to live out their beliefs, and work toward their salvation. On October 10, 1884, these fifteen dedicated people met at the home of the grandmother of Naomi Bass. By 1886 they had relocated to the basement of the home of one of the founding ministers. By 1887, the membership had grown to 150. The next few years represented a time for tremendous growth for the new congregation as they moved first to 17th and Tracy and then in 1917, built a church at 16th and Lydia where they would remain until 1971. In 1971 they moved to the present location at 3808 "Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.