Welcome to the The American Protestant Church of  The Hague.  We are an English-speaking church that brings together an international community of Christians from over 40 nations and almost as many denominations. Whether English is your mother tongue or not, you will be welcomed in our English speaking community. The congregation is Reformed in its historic roots, theologically diverse in its current membership, and committed to the core doctrines of the Christian faith.

  You are welcome to join us in any of our worship services and connect with us. If you are looking for a new spiritual home, APCH is the place to be.  

"In the essentials unity, in the non essentials freedom and in all things charity." "

Come, worship and grow in Christ with us! 

Service Time

Sunday Morning Service  at 9:45

Limited to 30  participants
Registration mandatory for all attendees age 13 and above 
Registration link will be activated every Thursday
Sunday School and Childcare available
Livestream  can be viewed by clicking the Watch button above

News

AN UPDATE ON THE WORSHIP PLANS STARTING OCTOBER 25
 As many of you already know, we have once again adjusted our church worship plan beginning Sunday, October 25.  Because we desire both to have a worshipping presence at APCH in an appropriate way, and also to be servants of the broader community, the Council approved ONE WORSHIP SERVICE AT APCH at 9:45 a.m. (also Live-Streamed) for 30 PEOPLE, 13-YEARS AND OLDER, WHO PRE-REGISTER.  There will be childcare (nursery and a version of Sunday School) for children 10 and under.  

We continue to pray for the church and world during this pandemic, and we give thanks for so many ways that we see God's care and leading through this.  May you be able to see in those same gifts in your own life and trust in God's care and leading in your own situation.
 
God bless your week!  And beyond!
Pastor Mark
October 21, 2020

ON-LINE ONLY  WORSHIP OCTOBER 11 AND OCTOBER 18
Alas, given the growth in COVID cases in the Netherlands and the Dutch government's desire to limit the spread, the Council made a very difficult decision last night to once again have only online/virtual worship services for the next two weeks until we hear the next report from the Dutch governing authorities.  Sunday School and Youth Group will also not meet for the next two Sundays.  (Note: A video "Midweek Update," will be posted later today, Thursday, 8 October, with more about that decision and about moving forward.  Please anticipate or refer to it for more information.).  So, for the next two weeks the church will be "caring servants" of the community around us, working to keep the virus limited.
 
At the same time, (1) the Council encourages small groups and Bible Studies to continue to meet safely, as they have been doing; (2) Life Groups continue to be introduced and begun in the weeks ahead; and (3) the Council is moving forward immediately to make plans for how we can worship and have groups meet on Sunday mornings after the next announcement of the Dutch authorities.  If the Dutch freely allow worship in careful groups of 30 or less, we need these two weeks to prepare to offer them in ways to allow most people to participate safely.  We will, of course, plan to continue to offer online services no matter what the decision moving forward.  
 
Given all this uncertainty and challenge, we remain God's faithful and witnessing church whether we are gathered together or scattered all around this region and world.  As the old Sunday School song used to say: "The church is not a building; the church is not a steeple; the church is not a dwelling place; the church is the people!"  Be the faithful, trusting, obedient, and loving servants of God wherever you are!

In the translation of Romans 12:1-2 in The Message:  
"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering."

God bless, keep, and lead you--and us as a church community!--this week and in the time ahead!  

Pastor Mark
October 8, 2020



CHURCH REOPENS ON SUNDAY, JULY 5
Dear APCH Family,
 
We are delighted to reopen APCH for in-person worship services starting this Sunday, July 5. We will have two Family services at 9:45 am and 11:15 am of up to 100 attendees in each service with children present. Duration of the service would be around 45 minutes.
 
APCH has undertaken the utmost precautions in ensuring your safety including thorough cleaning of the sanctuary, application of social distancing rules, limited singing and provision of disposable face masks which will be required for adults and children ages 12 and above. There will be no nursery available or Sunday School until further notice.
 
For those who are vulnerable, unwell or have health concerns, or simply are not comfortable to congregate together yet, please continue to enjoy worship with us from the comfort of your home. We will continue to avail the virtual worship service and  soon live-streaming throughout this period.
 
To join us in church, we request you to register for the worship services using the the Register for Sunday Services button above to enable us to plan efficiently and for your comfort and safety.
 
We look forward to gathering together in worship!

 
A MESSAGE FROM APCH COUNCIL CHAIR
Dear APCH family,
 
It’s hard to imagine that we’ve turned yet another page in the calendar of lift as we find ourselves now in the month of June. A week ago Sunday marked the celebration of Pentecost – the birthday of the church. There are some very interesting aspects to Luke’s account in light of our current situation. In verse 1 of Acts 2 we find something that we are longing for  – “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.”
 
There is something special when we are all together in one place. That’s the vision of the church - God’s people gathered together around His goodness, grace, mercy and love. It’s what we’re praying for and what we’re reaching for in this time of Covid-19. While we’re waiting for the chance to be together physically, we’re still seeking to maintain our sense of community. God’s people are still gathering around His gifts, it’s just that this gathering is happening in different ways. Think about how this experience would have been if we didn’t have the technology and communication ability to meet online and carry on some level of work from a distance. Even in the midst of a pandemic, we can be thankful that God has provided for us in this unique way.
 
There’s something else about the Pentecost story that is striking at this moment in time – God provided the way for people to hear the Gospel message in a way they were able to receive it. God continues to provide ways for us to stay connected, to speak and to live the Gospel in the languages of the people around us. His charge to us as His disciples today is the same: Bring the message of my love and forgiveness to people in a way they can hear it and receive it - even in the middle of this virus.
 
Our calling is to be available. Just like the disciples, I doubt they were preparing and planning to speak in the native languages of those present before that Pentecost Sunday morning. They were open receptors for the Spirit to use, in a way that would be welcomed and received. As Jesus’ disciples today, may we follow the Spirit’s lead and let Him use us as His means of communicating the deep love God has for people.
 
Being together was a prominent part of the early church’s experience. Even though we’re in a situation that places limits on how we can be together, we still have the chance to influence those around us; to communicate God’s forgiveness and love. Like so many other people around the world – people today (you and me) have the chance to speak and to reflect this Gospel message of our Lord and Savior… and we can do it in their own language in a way they can receive it. God bless us as we seek to do so, even during these unprecedented times.
 
Wishing you and yours blessings and joy in the days and week ahead.
 
Tim Messick, Chair
APCH Church Council

PARKING ON WILLEM ROYAARDSPLEIN
Since October 1, 2019, there is paid parking next to the church building in the parking area of the Willem Royaardsplein, from Monday – Saturday, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, for a maximum of 2 hours. Sundays will not be affected. The street parking remains as free parking. For more information go to www.denhaag.nl/parkeren.

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