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The Church by the Sea:

"Making Fishers of All People"

Embracing God's Children Since 1822

Where Everyone is Welcome

Bethel A.M.E. Church in New Bedford, Massachusetts believes that the Lord’s love knows no color. As a ministry, we are committed to inspiring people of all cultures in leading a Christ-centered life. We always strive to be a community that truly emulates what the Kingdom of God is like. 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 AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy.



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Our Goal

The mission of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) 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. 

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Our Motto

We believe in the words, “God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family.” We always keep our important roles as human beings in mind so we can properly serve the Lord and consistently follow the right path.


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Since our congregation’s foundation, we have been driven with the purpose to promote inclusivity in religious service. Find out more about how our church came to be

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What Does A.M.E. Mean?

As a multicultural church, we unite all people toward the same purpose of worshipping the one true God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The A.M.E. in our congregation’s name stands for:

Our church was organized by people of African heritage. However, it does not mean that it was established in Africa nor is it only for persons of African descent.


The church also stemmed from the family of Methodist churches. We follow the doctrines of practice and belief set forth by Methodism. In this way, we are able to genuinely live by the plain and simple gospel of Jesus Christ.


This refers to the constituting government under which our ministry operates. The bishops of the church are the chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination.


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