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 Times

Sunday Morning Service



Two worship services  9:45 a.m. (with Praise Band) and   11:15 a.m. (with organ and Choir)


PLEASE NOTE: NO WORSHIP SERVICES UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020  DUE TO THE   COVID-19 CRISIS

News

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 CRISIS
A Message from Tim Messick, Chair of the APCH Council

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

This past week or so has seen a dramatic rise in the spread of COVID-19 in our part of God’s kingdom as well as throughout the world. The story is in the newspapers and all over the media. Our challenge at this point is to think clearly and make healthy responses to the growing situation as we place the needs of the people in our community ahead of our own.

My encouragement to you is to do the following, especially since we are all dealing with unique and uncertain times:

  • Get good information from a reliable and consistent sources.
  • They can provide up-to-date and local information that can help inform your decisions.
  • Practice good hygiene. This means frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer.
  • Limit your contacts outside the home. Plan your trips carefully and only take those that are necessary.

Closing down the Church to all but essential personnel is a unique move. This decision isn't made in an effort to limit our religious freedom but rather to protect those who are fragile in our communities and to support the decisions made by our government.

As witnessed this past Sunday morning, Pastor Mark provided a wonderful message for all of us to experience. Thanks to the fine work and support from Pastor Chad, Jerry, Irene, Sheyla and others, we were able to be united in spirit through a virtual means. What a blessing and gift to gather in this way as we continue to grow and worship together in Christ.

This situation provides us with an opportunity to love our neighbor, and, in this case, that may mean staying home until the situation resolves itself. In every case, provide yourself with good information, use good judgment, take advantage of technology, and place the needs of other people above your own. Know that the Church Council is meeting virtually to consider options for staying united and connected in these days ahead. We will share more when have information to pass along.

In the meantime, do take care of yourself and those around you that together we will be "bound together in cords that cannot be broken".

Colossians 3:15–17

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


Lord Jesus, Bless Your people, bless this world with Your protection, Your healing, and Your peace. Grant to us the wisdom to make good decisions, support those who are weak and sick, and trust You for Your blessing. We thank You that You have blessed us with the faith we need to weather any storm and to reflect Your light into this dark world. Bless us with Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

As we continue together... serving the Lord and His people,

Tim

Earlier update  March 13

THE REVISED COMMON LECTIONARY 
For the period ahead at APCH, we will usually hear God speak to us through God’s Word as recommended in the Revised Common Lectionary. Some of us (Lutherans, Methodists, and others) have grown up with this; others of us have never heard of it.

A “lectionary” is a list of recommended readings for each day or week. The Revised Common Lectionary was developed by an international group of Christian teachers and pastors to help the church hear the full range of God’s Word over a period of three years. Each week, this lectionary names four readings—one each from the Old Testament, Psalms, Gospels, and the New Testament. Some churches read all four during a service; we will focus on two.

The advantage of choosing passages from the lectionary are several. (1) Over a period of time you cover a wide range of Scripture and themes. (2) The preacher alone doesn’t choose the biblical text, ignoring some passages and selecting his/her favorites; rather, the Word of God is given by a prayerful and wise body that spiritually discerned what passages God’s church should hear every three years. (3) We join with churches all around the world in hearing and responding to the same Word of God.

Do all the passages fit together? Not necessarily. The central reading is the Gospel—Jesus Christ is the key to the readings. At least one of the O.T. or N.T. readings fits with the Gospel, whether as a prophecy pointing to Christ, or a further Word of God about the Gospel reading. The Psalm is intended to be a response of praise or prayer to one or more of the readings. Sometimes, the Old or New Testament passage follows a biblical book in sequence for weeks.

If you would like to explore this more, click on this link.  There you will find three readings for every day—and Old Testament, Psalm, and New Testament reading—that are based on the Sunday “lection.” The first three daily readings (Monday-Wednesday) are based on the past Sunday’s readings and sermon; the last daily readings (Thursday-Saturday) look ahead at the following Sunday’s passages.

The goal of this is to hear God’s Word in its fulness and grow in our love for God who speaks and leads our lives in grace and truth, beauty and justice. God bless us all in that gift
A VIRTUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
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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