Arusha Community Church (ACC) is an international, interdenominational, lay-led congregation. The church is independent and autonomous, but the Diocese in Arusha region of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) has graciously agreed to links being established with them for legal purposes. Administered by its Church Council, the ACC has grown steadily over the years with a programme which includes Bible Studies, Sunday School, social benevolence, and other programmes for children, youth and adults.
WHO WE ARE
Today, our membership covers the spectrum from Roman Catholic to Pentecostal. That which unites us is faith in Christ — as well as worship in the English language. Services are led by members, some of whom are ordained but many not. Preachers come primarily from within the congregation, but on occasion, guest preachers are invited from surrounding congregations and ministries.
Worship services are held at
WHAT WE BELIEVE
As with any congregation, the beliefs of individual members vary widely. ACC is generally Protestant in orientation (though with a fairly large number of Roman Catholics in attendance and in leadership positions). Its worship style tends to be non-liturgical (though often including elements such as confession of sin and absolution, confession of faith, words of institution, Lord’s Prayer). Perhaps most representative of the congregation’s beliefs would be the Apostles’ Creed, which is used each Sunday as a confession of faith:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the
WHAT WE DO
Adult Bible Study
ACC has a variety of groups meeting for bible study, prayer and fellowship. Members are able to care for one another and build deeper relationships.
Weekly Sunday school includes creative lessons and children’s worship. The last Sunday of each month is a child-friendly Family Service.
Confirmation classes follow a Lutheran curriculum over a 12-15 month period. See the church office for details on enrolling your older child in this program.
Young Adult Activities
Young adults meet for weekly bible study on Tuesday evenings, monthly outreach and special game nights or movie nights.
New Member Classes
You may become a voting member of ACC by attending a New Voting Members Class. Sign up in the church office for the next upcoming class.
Special Music Events
Special concerts, including a variety of area choirs and soloists, are held to celebrate Pentecost, Harvest Festival and Christmas.
A Short History of Arusha Community Church
The congregation began many decades ago as the English language congregation of Christ Church (Anglican), Arusha. Over the years, the denominational base of this part of the congregation widened, and
By 1992, the administration was shared among various committees, and the congregation had grown too large for the Greek Club. This was particularly true of the Sunday School. Once again it was felt that alternative premises should be found to accommodate the growing community of faith.
Two years later, no suitable premises had been found, and so a survey was held among the members to determine the way forward. The most favored choice was for the congregation to build a multipurpose facility for worship. A proposal to erect such a building was presented to the Annual General Meeting in January 1994, was accepted by a clear majority, and fund raising began.
The Diocese in the Arusha Region of the ELCT offered a plot of land, and at the Annual General Meeting of
10:30am – 12:00pm
Ages 3 – 6 (Love group)
Ages 7 – 9 (Hope group)
Ages 10 – 12 (Faith group)
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Sunday 9:30am – 10:30am
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