Our History

The African Methodist Episcopal Church was started in 1787, in Philadelphia PA, when a group of people of African descent was pulled from their knees while praying in St. George Methodist Episcopal Church. The group, led by 27 year-old Richard Allen, an ex-slave, politely walked out, thus starting a movement that resulted in the creation of America's first formally organized black church. In time, other "African" churches were started and in 1816, these  churches came together to form the A.M.E. Church...with Richard Allen as its first Bishop. These facts say to us that the AME Church was the result of racial discrimination rather than theological or doctrinal concerns.

Allen chose Methodism as our doctrine because he felt no other denomination could suit the capacity of his people as well. Methodism provided the plain and simple gospel and an orderly system of rules and regulations.

The Africans who started the AME Church were poor, and most could not read. Yet, under the leadership of Richard Allen, they purchased an old blacksmith shop and moved it to the corner of Sixth and Lombard Streets in Philadelphia...where they organized Bethel AME Church. (Bethel means "House of God".) Today, Mother Bethel stands as one of Philadelphia's historic shrines. The first pulpit of the AME Church was an anvil...hence the anvil pictured in our Church's logo above.

The AME Church was the answer to a cry for social recognition as human beings and a means through which African people could develop a sense of dignity and self-respect. The church promoted a strong educational philosophy, which emphasized self-help. That spirit of the original Free African Society is still evident today, not only in the educational programs of the local church, but also in those of the eleven colleges operated by the AME Church.

The AME Church has never strayed away from the course charted by Richard Allen. Allen, along with William Paul Quinn, Daniel A. Payne, and Henry M. Turner are known as The Four Horsemen...for their determined work in building the AME Church. Today, we have over four million members throughout the United States, Canada, South America, West Africa, South Africa, the West Indies, and India.

Our Mission & Motto

• Canaan will be a learning community where each person can achieve his/her maximum individual spiritual potential
• We will creates an optimal learning culture, climate and facility which will attract others
• Communication strategies will create a climate of inclusion, trust and shared responsibility
• Resources will be developed and optimized to fulfill the vision, mission and goals of the ministry

MOTTO: “ Praising God With a Purpose”

Our Vision

The Vision of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed. At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the A.M.E.

Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy through a continuing program of
(1) preaching the gospel
(2) feeding the hungry
(3) clothing the naked
(4) housing the homeless
(5) cheering the fallen
(6) providing jobs for the jobless
(7) administering to the needs of those in prison, hospitals, nursing homes, asylums and mental institutions, senior citizens’ homes; caring for the sick, the shut-in, the mentally and socially disturbed
(8) encouraging thrift and economic advancement

Order of Services

Sunday School - Sundays 9:00 AM

Morning Worship Service - Sundays 10:30 AM

Bible Study - Tuesdays 6:00 PM

Bible Study Conference Line - 515-604-9097  Access Code:900987 followed by the pound or hash sign(#)

Choir Rehearsal - Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.

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Contact the Church

Canaan African Methodist Episcopal  Church

Mailing Address
801 14th Ave. Maywood, Illinois 60153

Church Office
Tel: (708) 681-2744    

Fax: (708) 681-9448

Email: canaaname@gmail.com

Statement of Faith

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day He arose from the dead, He ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.