Moncks Corner
A.M.E. Church
Moncks Corner
A.M.E. Church
Moncks Corner
A.M.E. Church

We Are Moncks Corner AME

We are members of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

  • African because those who founded our church were African-Americans. We do welcome people of all colors into the AME Church.
  • Methodist because those who founded our church broke away from a Methodist Episcopal Church. The Methodist Church was founded by John Wesley, who believes that worship and Christian service should be done by a regular “method.”
  • Episcopal because those who are elected to lead our churches are called “Bishops” and the word for Bishop in Greek is Episcopos.
  • The African Episcopal Church is an Expression of freedom.
  • The founder and first Bishop of the AME church is Richard Allen, a former slave who brought his freedom and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Richard Allen and a group of African-Americans formed the Free African Society in 1784 so that they could pray and meet together.
  • In 1787, Allen and the members of the Free African Society left Saint George’s Methodist Connect Church in Philadelphia when they went to pray at the altar and were pulled up from their knees by white officers of the church.
  • They bought an old blacksmith’s shop and converted it into a church, which was named Bethel in 1794.
  • Allen and the members of Bethel met with a group of Methodist Churches founded by African-Americans in 1816 and organized the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • The symbol of the AME Church is a cross, for Christ, and an anvil, the basic tool that is used in a blacksmith’s shop.
  • The AME Church today has 2.5 million members and over 6,000 Churches in 19 Episcopal Districts.
  • The AME Church is called a Connectional church because all of its Churches are connected as parts of one organization, divided into 19 Episcopal Districts.
  • Every Episcopal District in the AME Church is divided into smaller areas called Annual Conferences.
  • Every Annual Conference in the AME Church is divided into smaller areas called Presiding Elder Districts.
  • Every Episcopal District is headed by a Bishop, who is assigned by the General Conference of the Church that meets every four years.
  • Every Presiding Elder District is headed by a minister called the Presiding Elder who is assigned by the Bishop.
  • Every local church or circuit of churches is headed by a minister called a Pastor who is assigned by the Bishop.
  • The State of South Carolina, which is the Seventh Episcopal District, has over 100,000 members in 609 churches.
  • Every AME Church has officers called Stewards, who help the pastor to watch over the spiritual and financial wellness of the church.
  • Every AME Church has officers called Trustees, who help the pastor see that the property is well kept.
  • Every AME Church has Class Leaders, who meet with small groups of members to help them to be good Christians.
  • Every AME Church has Stewardesses, who make sure that the church is ready for the Lord’s Supper.
  • Every AME Church has a Sunday School, where members of the church come to learn more about Jesus.
  • Every AME Church has Connectional and Local organizations.
  • Connectional organizations, which are organized at all levels of the church, are the Women’s Missionary Society, YPD, Lay Organization, and Sons of Allen.
  • Local organizations, which are different in every church, are organizations like the Choirs and the Usher board.

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