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Our Belief:
1. The Apostles Creed: God the Father, Jesus Christ His only Son, The Holy Spirit, The Church, Forgiveness of Sins, The Resurrection, and Life Everlasting.

2. Twenty-Five Articles of Religion

Did you know?

1.The first Bishop of the AME Church was Richard Allen.
2. The pastor's term of office is for one year.

3. Richard Allen was the founder of the AME Church.

4. A.M.E. means African Methodist Episcopal.

5. Our Presiding Elder is Rev. Melvin L. Guyton.

6. There are 7 conferences in the 1st Episcopal District: Delaware, New York, New Jersey, New England, Philadelphia, Western New York, and Bermuda.

7. The General Conference makes the laws for the government of the AME Church and convenes every four years.

8. The motto of our church is "God our Father, Man our Brother, and Christ our Redeemer".

9. Our Bishop is: Rt. Rev. Richard Franklin Norris.

10. Who founded "Methodism": John Wesley British religious leader who founded Methodism (1738). His brother Charles (1707–1788) wrote thousands of hymns, including “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing'.

11. It is a worship service called "Love Feast" in the AMEC. This is a traditional service that is held on the wednesday in Bible Study before Communion Sunday. We all partake of the bread and water in this service.

12. Rev. Morris Brown was baptized the 2nd Bishop of the AME Church by Bishop Richard Allen.

13. A majority of white Methodists wanted to see blacks obtain social freedom and equality, but for some reason did not feel this freedom should carry over into the ecclesiastical realm. Many saw black forms of worship as questionable at best, and perhaps feared that giving blacks leadership in church would have deleterious effects on their religion. Whites felt nervous and in some cases even threatened by many black members' unique approach to serving God. For instance, African-Americans often integrated several "unorthodox" behaviors into service such as call-and-response, rhythmic movement and jumping, dance, weeping, groaning, and shouting.

14.The A.M.E. Church became the first denominational body composed mainly of African-Americans and also the first church in the Western Hemisphere, which broke away from its parent group for racial and sociological causes rather than for theological differences.

15.Vashti Murphy McKenzie 117th Bishop in 2000 was elected the first female bishop and was the first female president in 2005 of the Council of Bishops in the AMEC.

A Little History about The Founder

While the early years of Richard Allen's life parallel the experiences of many others born into slavery during the Colonial Era, Allen proved to be an exceptional person transforming African-American history and culture. The fourth child born to an enslaved couple held in bondage by Pennsylvania attorney and judge Benjamin Chew, Richard Allen followed "the condition" of his African father and mulatto mother. Several years after his birth, Allen's family was sold to slaveholder Stokeley Sturgis, a Delaware farmer. The family appears to have stayed together until 1777, when Sturgis separated the parents and siblings through sale. Shortly after losing his mother and all but one of his brothers and a sister, Allen heard the Christian Gospel and converted to Methodism
Spiritual growth and personal freedom for himself and others became driving forces in Richard Allen's life. While earning the funds to pay for his own freedom, Allen traveled from New York to South Carolina spreading God's message of hope. Allen preached sometimes four times a day to those seeking God’s word. He became a leader of the African-American community founding with Absalom Jones the Free Africa Society in 1787, a mutual aid society, considered the first American organization started by blacks for blacks. Richard Allen married a freedwoman Flora on October 19, 1790. During their ten-year marriage, Richard and Flora Allen became leaders of Philadelphia's African-American Christian community. They attended church school classes together on Monday evenings, purchased plots of land, which eventually became church lots, and fellowshiped with others. Speaking of Flora Allen, one of their contemporaries shared, "I dined with my good Black friend, Richard Allen's wife. I believe if there is a Christian in Philadelphia, this old Black woman is one."
Flora Allen passed away following a nine-month illness on March 11, 1801. Richard Allen then married the widow Sarah Bass, who had also been enslaved and had come to Philadelphia from Virginia. Sarah and Richard Allen had four sons and two daughters. They made their home at 150 Spruce Street. Funds Richard Allen earned as a wagoner, shoemaker, and chimney sweep sustained his family, provided for their financial independence, and supported church growth and solvency. Sarah Allen lived eighteen years longer than her husband, carrying on the work, which was so much a part of their lives. In her own right, Sarah Allen supported women's issues, purchasing one of the first copies of a female minister's biography when it was published. She was active in the Underground Railroad, aiding many in their escapes to freedom. Seldom idle, Sarah Allen rented out houses to people who lived in the community. At her funeral in 1849, she was lauded as "a pillar of the building, a mother in Israel."

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