About us

the AME Church

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.

Our Church Name

AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH

 

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 emmphasis on a plain and simple gospel.

Episcopal refers to the form of goverment 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.

our Symbols:

The Cross & The Anvil

The meaning of the Cross is obvious to anyone with faith in God and a knowledge of the Holy Bible and the Christian Church: the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the power of Salvation through Him, and the immeasurable grace of God that covers the sins of the world and empowers His people to be more than conquerors through Jesus Christ who strengthens us.

 

The Anvil, on the other hand, has a symbolic and a historical meaning which must be noted by all who call themselves African Methodist. OUR beginnings emerged from the depths of racism and bigotry and when our founding fathers chose to stay with Methodism they purchased a blacksmith's shop and converted it into their house of worship; they called it BETHEL, meaning "House of God." In the blacksmith's shop was an anvil used to pound and shape metal ores into a usable and functioning object. And, as any blacksmith will tell you, hammers may wear down, and many a man may loose his life to the exhaustion from the hard work of being a blacksmith, but the Anvil never fails. A man only need to purchase one in his or her entire lifetime, and it continues to last through MANY lifetimes. So it is with God; He cannot be beaten down and He is Eternal. The Anvil represents our beginning and the lasting Strength of our Lord and Savior that never ceases.

 

The Cross and the Anvil: Our Salvation and our Strength. Our beginnings in a blacksmith shop and our eternal ending in God's heavenly realm.
 

 

New Emblem

The new emblem displays characteristics which can be equated to a significant aspect of the African Methodist Episcopal doctrine and belief.

The shape of the emblem is in the form of a three pointed shield; the three points being symbolic of the official motto of the A.M.E. Church. "God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, Man our Brother."

Official Colors

The Basic Colors are White and Purple

  • White represents Purity; that state which all True Christians constantly strive to achieve.

  • Purple Represents Christ's Blood on the Cross.

AME Church Mission

The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.

THE VISION

 

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 to serve the needy. It is also the duty of Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.

 

THE PURPOSES

 

The ultimate purposes are:

  • make available God’s biblical principles,

  • spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and

  • provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.

 

THE OBJECTIVE

 

In order to meet the needs of 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

St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church

617 Green Street, Havre de Grace, Md   21078