St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchAyer, Massachusetts


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.


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

  • Outreach Update:  Our last Loaves and Fishes green bag collection weighed in at 274 lbs!  Our next green bag collection will take place on December 17th.  If you don't yet have a green bag and wish to participate, pick one up after church in the Peabody Room.

  • We will have a special celebration of the Holy Eucharist in honor of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 22nd at noon in the church. There will be an opportunity to express gratitude for God's blessings.  Please join us! 

  • The Two Seas in the Holy Land
    There are two inland seas in the Holy Land. One is fresh, and fish live in its waters.  Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their roots to sip of its healing water. Birds nest in the trees. Along its shores the children play.

    The River Jordan makes this sea, with sparkling water from the hills. It laughs in the sunshine. And people build their houses near it, and birds make their nests, and every kind of life is happier because it is there.

    The River Jordan flows on south into another sea. Here, there is no splash of fish, no fluttering leaf, no song of birds, no children’s laughter. No towns are found on its shores, which are rocky and hard. Travelers chose another route unless on urgent business. The air hangs heavy about its waters, and neither humankind nor beast, nor fowl will drink. It is a desolate place. What makes this difference in these neighboring seas? Not the River Jordan. Not the soil in which they lie; nor the country round about. This is the difference. The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the River Jordan. It gives from what it receives so that life may abound. For every drop that flows into it, another flows out. The giving and receiving go on in equal measure. The other sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously. It will not be tempted into any generous impulse. It swallows up and keeps every drop of the Jordan it receives. The Sea of Galilee gives and lives.

    The other sea gives nothing. It is named the Dead Sea. (-Bruce Barton, 1886-1967)

  • Parish Cleanup Day is Saturday, November 4th with a start time of 9 a.m.  Bring your tools and meet us in the Parish Hall.  There's all kinds of tasks available for all types of abilities.

  • Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on November 5th!

  • Apple Pie Day was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who peeled and made pies. If you haven't picked up your pies yet or wish to purchase a pie contact Trisha Mayes at

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7 Faulkner Street
Ayer, Massachusetts 01432

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.