St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchAyer, Massachusetts

Welcome

For 125 years now, St. Andrew's has welcomed people into a community of faith "beside the tracks" in downtown Ayer, Massachusetts.  When people describe St. Andrew's they use words like: 'welcome,' 'relaxed,' and 'accepting.' We believe that a church should be a community that embraces the uniqueness of each individual.  We welcome and care for all people at every stage of their spiritual journey, and we seek to create opportunities for faith in God to be discovered, renewed and put into action.

Mission

We seek to grow in faith as individuals and as a community, to glorify God as revealed in Jesus Christ and to nurture those around us. We reach out to share His Word and His Love with all people, especially those in need.

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Church Services

Sundays @
9:30 AM

Children are always welcome!

Welcome message from
Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

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Happening this week

Parish News

Bruce Rockwell to Guest Preach and Speak at Adult Formation - Sunday, October 22nd

Generosity

"We are God’s stewards all the time, whether we are aware of it or not.  All that we have and all that we are … are gifts from God.  So, the question is not, will we be stewards, but what kind of stewards will we be?  Every breath we take, every word we speak, every deed we do are acts of stewardship.  Will our stewardship reflect God’s love and generosity, or will our stewardship reflect our own personal insecurities and self-interest?" (Bruce Rockwell)

Bruce has had a passion for stewardship formation since his own conversion came about when God sent "stewardship messengers" into his life almost thirty years ago. Join us on Sunday, October 22nd at 9:30 for Bruce's guest sermon and immediately after services and coffee hour Bruce will share his thoughts on stewardship for our Adult Formation.

Bruce Rockwell's Bio:

Bruce has had a passion for stewardship formation since his own conversion came about when God sent “stewardship messengers” into his life almost 30 years ago. He has been a stewardship consultant since 1985. He has led diocesan stewardship conferences, has been a keynote speaker at numerous parish stewardship dinners, has offered lay stewardship sermons to congregations in many of the same dioceses, and has worked with dioceses and parishes in planning year-round stewardship formation programs. He has also trained diocesan stewardship consultants in several dioceses and trained lay parish stewardship volunteers in his own diocese and in many others.

Bruce has a banking background, having served as a banker in Rochester, NY for 21 years. He notes that he finds it interesting that after helping people acquire and hold on to material wealth during his career as a retail banker he now finds himself “working the other side of the street,” helping people realize the joy of giving of their wealth since, as he says “all that we have, and all that we call ours, is a gift from the loving and generous God. He says that he finds this work, his lay ministry, much more fulfilling.

Bruce is married to Cris, a retired priest of the church. Their daughter Jennifer, a retired classical ballet dancer, still teaches at New Haven Ballet in New Haven, CT and is pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy at Sacred Heart University.

  • Apple Pie Day is this Saturday, October 21st from 9am to 2pm in the Parish Hall.  Come peel apples; make pies; learn how to make a pie if you've never made one before; enjoy a day of fellowship within the St. Andrew's community; or, just buy a pie or two! Come for part of the day or the whole thing.  There's plenty to do.  Questions? Contact Trisha Mayes at parishlife@standrewsayer.org.

  • The latest Loaves & Fishes green bag collection weighed 175 lbs. Please return your next filled bags for collection by Sunday, October 29th. The list of needed items is at the Loaves & Fishes website. If you don't yet have a green bag or need another one to fill, pick up as many as you need in the Peabody Room after church.  

  • 2nd Annual Potluck Supper and Potluck Entertainment Night - Saturday, October 14th, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Potluck supper followed by talent show to include children of all ages and commission skits. Contact the office for further details.

  • Join us for Parish Book Read.  You are invited to join us for a "Parish Book Read."  We are reading David Brooks' book, The Road to Character, and will discuss it for several Sundays in a row in November during our adult forum. Isabel Geller has copies of the book available at coffee hour for $13.  

  • The new morning schedule starts September 17 when our two services become one. The new schedule is as follows:

    9:15 a.m.-  Sunday School

    9:30 a.m.- Worship Service

    10:45 am.- Coffee hour in the Parish Hall

    11:15 a.m.- noon-  Adult Forum in the Parish Hall

     The Rite I version of the Holy Eucharist will be used once a month.  Come and find out what it is like to use the music included in our hymnal for the sung portions of the Rite I Eucharist.  This combination of two worship services into one allows us to offer an Adult Forum after services each week.

  • Adult forums will start this Fall on September 17 - Sundays from 11:15 to noon following coffee hour in the Parish Hall.

    Topics will include:

    · Comparing Rites I and II

    · Science and Faith

    · New Members Class

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Contact

7 Faulkner Street
Ayer, Massachusetts 01432
978-772-2615
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Disability services

St. Andrew's is handicap accessible. We also have large print bibles and Book of Common Prayer available upon request

BSA Pack 32

St. Andrew's is a proud sponsor of Cub Scout Pack 32. Contact them at ObscureBSA for more information.

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