We are a Church on Mission. And so, outreach at OSA happens every day. We believe that outreach is personal–individuals being the Body of Christ in the world. It is the kindnesses that we incorporate into who it is we are. Currently, we support the Bloomfield Backpack Program for children in low-income families in Bloomfield Public Schools. We also support Foodshare, which is based in our town of Bloomfield and the food closet of the Community Support Center of Hartford’s Church of the Good Shepherd. We have also participated in refugee resettlement as a member of the Interfaith Refugee Committee, a group of Hartford, West Hartford and Bloomfield houses of worship, which works to resettle refugees in Bloomfield. In the past, we supported a small school in Haiti. Under the auspices of Food for the Poor, we built a house in Haiti and helped with housing in Vietnam. In addition, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is extremely active in outreach. Their Christmas Bazaar has raised money for myriad projects, like support for an orphanage in Vietnam for victims of agent orange and financial support for women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They also sponsor a large tag sale every couple of years, an occasional auction, and the UTC and White Envelope collections.

The Al Asmi Family came to Bloomfield as refugees from Syria in May of 2016. A committee from Old St. Andrew’s Church were instrumental in helping this family assimilate to our culture as part of IRIS in New Haven. We celebrated their success during a coffee hour in the parish hall.