Rev. Jim Kidd served Asylum Hill Congregational Church in a
dynamic ministry that lasted over 19 years and resulted in one of
the healthiest congregations in the country. During that time, more
than 1000 members were added to the church rolls, making it the
second largest United Church of Christ congregation in Connecticut,
and one of the largest in the country, at a time when inner-city
congregations were in decline nationwide.
Along with his wife Joann, the Kidds poured their hearts, souls
and vision into AHCC, creating a gathering of God's people
committed to the city and always engaged in sharing, caring,
outreach and worship.
In 1998, Rev. Peter Grandy, Associate Minister Emeritus, wrote the
following upon Rev. Kidd's retirement:
"Jim helped us become a more Christ-centered church, encouraging
us to accept the leadership and forgiveness of Christ and to know
that we are all loved by God. But above all, he taught us to
believe that in all things, God is always there with us, working
for good, for those who trust in God."
Jim passed away on May 19 at the Tidewell Hospice Center near
their home in Punta Gorda, FL following a brief illness and
complications from surgery. A service of thanksgiving and
celebration will be held at AHCC on Saturday, June 23 at