Serve in the World
As a church in the heart of the city with a heart for the city, Asylum Hill Congregational Church is in a unique position to work with our neighbors in building community. God calls us to turn outward to our neighborhood and beyond, listening, serving and building relationships.
Service and discipleship is a privilege to which we are all invited. There are many opportunities to serve within the church and outside our walls to our neighborhood, our city and beyond. This brochure shows some of the ways to serve, and if there is a ministry that speaks to your heart, faith, gifts and passions that is not included, please contact Director of Discipleship Rev. Mia Douglas.
On the first Sunday of every month, we gather as a community to celebrate the sacrament of Communion. At the Lord’s table, we remember that Christ comes to feed our hunger for love, peace, grace and hope. At the table of the Lord, we also remember those who struggle daily for food and seek to respond by collecting donations to benefit Loaves and Fishes Ministries.
Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to give back to your community? If so, the perfect opportunity is waiting for you at the West Middle School Volunteer Resource Center. Discipleship Opportunities include class room support, student activities, clerical assistance, afterschool programs, mentoring, social media, and marketing.
Step Up Step Out (SUSO) is a group of concerned members and friends who are dedicated to reducing violence by putting our faith into action. SUSO holds monthly meetings on Sundays after church and often features area experts and leaders on topics of non-violence.
SUSO members are stepping up and stepping out in numerous ways. We:
Refugee Resettlement Team Ready to Welcome Second Family
Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35)
Music for Humanity is a wonderful tie between the music and outreach ministries of our church. John and Edie Murphy were members of AHCC’s Legacy Fellowship and left a sizable gift in their estate plans.
Our active and vibrant building ministry works with area agencies to build safe, affordable housing for families in and around Asylum Hill.
Over the past seven years, volunteers from AHCC have been working with non-profit developer NINA (Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance) to build and rehab some beautiful historic houses in the neighborhood around the church.
Each year, AHCC offers members and friends the opportunity to participate in intergenerational mission experiences both in the US and abroad where we help rebuild lives and homes of those who have suffered through a natural disaster. In addition to construction laborers, folks willing to work in the kitchen to prepare meals for our group are always needed.
The purpose of the Boys and Girls Clubs is to inspire and enable all young people, especially kids who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Members of AHCC volunteer as tutors at the Boys and Girls Club on Asylum Hill during the week after school.
For more than 25 years, the AHCC Crisis Food Support Program (CFSP) has provided emergency food to Hartford families in need. The CFSP works in cooperation with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and with support from Covenant to Care for Children.
Efforts by the CFSP demonstrate AHCC’s commitment to be “a church in the heart of the city with a heart for the city.”
Over the past seven years, volunteers from AHCC have been working with non-profit developer NINA (Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance) to build and rehab some beautiful historic houses in the neighborhood around the church. Working together, we have generated a community-wide effort to increase the rate of home-ownership in Asylum Hill while keeping housing affordable.