St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchAyer, Massachusetts

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Parish History

St. Andrew's Church in Ayer, Massachusetts was first organized in October 1889 when the Rev. Dr. Endicott Peabody, headmaster of nearby Groton School, assigned one of its masters, the Rev. William G. Thayer, to begin the work of founding an Episcopal mission. The present attractive stone church was completed in December 1892. The next minister was the Rev. Charles L. Slattery, also a master at Groton School, who had the satisfaction of leaving St. Andrew's Church debt-free and consecrated. He was succeeded by the Rev. Edward H. Newbegin.

The Rev. Dr. Endicott Peabody, headmaster at Groton School, was in Rev. Thayer's words, "the father of the thought," and his support and cooperation for the many years until his retirement in 1940 were largely responsible for the existence and continuance of the church.

On the 27th day of January 1898, the Bishop and Standing Committee having given their consent, St. Andrew's Mission, Ayer, was duly and legally organized as St. Andrew's Parish in Ayer and Groton and the minister, the Rev. Edward H. Newbegin, was elected rector.

The parish was reorganized in June 1901 before its admission to the Diocesan Convention, comprising the mother church at Groton School, the parish church in Ayer, the mission house at Forge Village, the schoolhouse mission at Woodsville, and also the care of Trinity Chapel in Shirley Center. By this consolidation, Groton School became a real part of the parish; its headmaster, the Rev. Dr. Endicott Peabody, became rector; and the rector in Ayer, the Rev. Thomas L. Fisher, became the vicar of the parish.

The year 1950 marked the end of the official connection between Groton School and St. Andrew's Church and the vicar, the Rev. Henry Mattocks, became rector of the parish. In September 1960, St. Andrew's gave up oversight of the mission at Forge Village. It subsequently became an independent parish, now called St. Mark's Church in Westford, Massachusetts.

Click on the links below to learn more about the history of St. Andrew's and the lives of the rectors and vicars who have served here.

  • The Rev. Dr. Endicott Peabody
    The Rev. William Greenough Thayer
    The Rev. Charles Lewis Slattery
    The Rev. Edward Henry Newbegin
    The Rev. Thomas Legate Fisher
    The Rev. Dr. Endicott Peabody
    The Rev. Thomas Legate Fisher
    The Rev. Arthur Lewis Bumpus
    The Rev. Williston Merrick Ford
    The Rev. Angus Dun
    The Rev. Leslie Frederick Wallace
    The Rev. Richard Taylor Lyford (Interim Vicar)
    The Rev. John Russell Dallinger
    The Rev. Laird Wingate Snell
    The Rev. Edward Joseph Day
    The Rev. Dr. Hugh Latimer Willson
    The Rev. John Crocker
    The Rev. Dr. William Henry Paine Hatch
    The Rev. Henry Mattocks
    The Rev. Henry Mattocks
    The Rev. Donn Russell Brown
    The Rev. Paul Sprower Koumrian
    The Rev. William Dudley Underhill (Interim Rector)
    The Rev. Martha Hughlett Giltinan
    The Rev. Alan Bruce MacKillop (Interim Rector)
    The Rev. Joseph Scott Baker
    The Rev. Dr. Edward Charles Kienzle (Interim Rector)
    The Rev. Alan Bruce MacKillop (Priest in Residence)
    The Rev. Joyce Lynn Scherer-Hoock

  • 1889-1892
    1892-1894
    1894-1896
    1896-1899
    1900-1901
    1901-1940
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    1913-1917
    1917-1919
    1919-1924
    1924-1925
    1925-1926
    1926-1934
    1934-1938
    1939-1947
    1940-1950
    1947-1948
    1948-1950
    1950-1968
    1968-1975
    1976-1989
    1989-1991
    1991-2001
    2001-2002
    2002-2005
    2005
    2005-2009
    2009-

History of the Parish Click on the links below.

  • Postcard Views of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
  • Historic Photographs of St. Andrew's and the Town of Ayer
  • The Rev. Hermon Gaylord Wood (St. Andrew's architect)

History of the Organ
The pipe organ installed at St. Andrew's was originally built in 1916 as Opus 1423 of the Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vermont. Click on the links below to read about it and its predecessors.

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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