WHO WE ARE

OSA Picnic-22

Our Mission Statement:

Old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, a loving and inclusive Christian family, is alive with Christ’s spirit in joyful worship, music, and caring for others.  We proclaim the Gospel, serve God, and bring Jesus’ compassion and nurturing message of love to all whom we meet.

Our Community

Old St. Andrew’s is an inclusive and accepting community.

Some of us live in Bloomfield.  Many others live in Hartford, West Hartford, Avon, Simsbury, the Granbys, the Windsors and Enfield.

We’re a intergenerational community with residents of nearby Seabury and Duncaster retirement communities worshipping alongside 20, 30, 40 somethings, single, married without children and those with young, teenage and young adult children.

We are a smallish to medium sized parish  in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, a diocese of The Episcopal Church , a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.   Our parish is a spiritual home to people of different ethnic heritages and races. We’re of European, Asian, African-American, Caribbean and Native-American descent.

Our families are diverse, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational.  Our families include two parent households, single parent families, multi-racial families,  grandparent households, LGBTQ families and families with adopted children.

We come together to affirm that the greatest force in the universe is the power of self-giving love:  a love that is inclusive, ever abundant, and meant to be expressed through our action in the world – individually and as a community.

When you arrive you will find a historic building and a wonderfully preserved rural setting.  As an Episcopal Church that was founded by local farmers in 1740, we take comfort in the way that we worship in this historic building. Each week we sing, read from the Bible, pray together, and have Communion.

While our history informs us and inspires us, it does not define us.

We are a church that is looking toward the future with hope.  We value both ancient wisdom and modern thought. We believe that the world is full of wonder and value.

We are  drawn together to seek a deeper understanding of God as told to us in the Bible and in God’s work in the world today.  We believe that God invites us through our sense of curiosity about the world today and a better understanding of  “who is our neighbor?”

We have more questions than answers.

We believe that God invites us to a spiritual  journey and shapes us to be instruments of peace in a world.

In Matthew 11:28-30 , Jesus invites us to encounter the Divine.  Jesus says:

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

OSA is a community of support in a peaceful and meditative space where we encounter this invitation.

Please know that from whatever tradition you come; wherever you are in your spiritual journey  or  if you never stepped foot in a church and whatever your age –

YOU ARE WELCOME AT OLD ST. ANDREWS!!!