St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchAyer, Massachusetts

News

  • Sunday School begins Sunday, Sept 22 in the Parish Hall.

  • In accordance with the policies established by the Diocese of Massachusetts, St. Andrew's maintains compliance with the Safe Church training standards for all clergy, employees, wardens, vestry members, lay eucharistic visitors, pastoral visitors, youth leaders, acolyte leaders, choir directors, church school teachers and volunteers working within our parish.  Contact The Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hoock with any questions on this subject.

  • Esperanza Academy Head of School to Preach at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, 9/22: Jadihel (Jadi) Taveras, Head of School for Esperanza Academy will deliver the sermon at the 9:30 am service on Sunday, September 22.  He will also lead the Adult Forum after the service and coffee hour.

  • It's back to Sunday School time at St. Andrew's.  Join us on Sunday, September 15th after the regular service at 9:30am for the All Parish Barbecue to kick-off the new Sunday School year.

  • Sunday School Open House is September 15th. Come & See the classrooms and register your kids for 2019-2020.

  • Choir begins August 29th! Come & See what choir is all about. The choir is preparing for the 2019-2020 season under the direction of Daniel Francois, Organist and Choir Master. The group begins rehearsals at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 29.

    The choir rehearses every Thursday evening to prepare the music for the following Sunday. Additionally, they rehearse music for upcoming holidays and holy days. They practice chants as well as study anthems in various styles of sacred music.

    St. Andrew’s Choir is a non-audition group and new members are always welcome. Singers for all voice parts are needed.

  • It’s time for the Backpack Drive! 
    Would you like to help us with our next Outreach project? The Union Congregational Church in Groton has taken over the Backpack drive from Loaves & Fishes.  The drive provides much needed school supplies to children in Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley.  Supply lists are in the Parish Hall and donations can be dropped off in the Peabody Room or the Parish Hall no later than Sunday, August 11.  

    We also need volunteers to help bring the backpacks and supplies from St. Andrew’s to the Congregational Church on Sunday, August 11th.  Additionally, volunteers will set up for the drive on Wednesday, August 21 starting at 9am at the Congregational Church and/or Distribute backpacks and supplies on Friday, August 23 starting at 8am at the Congregational Church.

    There's a sign up  sheet available in the Parish Hall if you would like to join us for any of these tasks. Questions? Contact Jenny Outman

  • Join us for an afternoon of music on Sunday June 9th at 3pm.  Learn more and purchase tickets at http://standrewsayer.org/events/outreach-concert/index.html

  • Join us on Sunday, March 17th at 9:00 am when we will reconsecrate the church before the regular service at 9:30 am.  Worship will begin with a procession and prayers.

  • Take part in our Lenten Program for Creation Care. As part of your daily Lenten discipline, get outdoors everyday. Read Earth Gospel everyday along with us. Attend our Adult Forums each Sunday during Lent, and join in our series of Sunday afternoon outdoor walks.

    Learn more about this series at http://www.standrewsayer.org/creationcare 

  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry - Most Needed Items:

    Feminine Care Products, Diapers – Pull Ups, Reusable Grocery Bags, Pasta Sauce, Tomato Paste, Canned Whole or Pureed, Tomatoes, Canned White Tuna, Baked Beans/Canned Chili, Salad Dressings, Canned Fruit Cocktail, Applesauce, Canned Pineapple, Canned Corn, Boxed Flavored Rice, Grape or Strawberry Jelly, Cake Mixes, Canned Pasta, Hamburger or Tuna Helpers, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Toothpaste, Shampoo/Conditioner, Dish Detergent, Poise Pads.

    Visit The Loaves & Fishes web page for additional details. https://loavesfishespantry.org/

  • ATTENTION: Due to the forecasted inclement weather, our regular Sunday Service for January 20, 2019 is CANCELLED.  This is a great time to check out the the National Cathedral's live streaming services at www.cathedral.org

  • It's a Choir Workshop! All are welcome to participate in our choir workshop on January 26, 2019, 9am - 4pm.  The workshop will cover the basics of choral singing - breathing, tone, range extension.  Limited to the first 25 registrants. Contact Tina Simpson at tsimpson@standrewsayer.org

  • The Advent Wreath:  The circle of the wreath and the evergreens that make it up both signify God’s endless mercy and undying love. Three purple candles and one rose-colored (pink) candle are evenly spaced around the wreath. There is one larger white candle in the center of the wreath. The wreath can be as simple as four candle holders with greenery laid around them to form a circle.

  • Advent 4:  For the 4th week of advent on December 23rd, we offer you this prayer as you finish your preparations.

    God, help us remember that you are Love, that you are beyond description. Help us remember that you love us. Help us live out your call to love you and to love others as Jesus loved us, became one of us and died for us.

  • Advent 3: A nativity scene (sometimes called a crèche), is another way to highlight the season of Advent. Instead of putting out the whole set at once, try building the scene slowly. Begin with the manger.  Gradually add animals, Mary and Joseph. On Christmas Eve add the baby Jesus and any additional figures. This increases the feeling of anticipation that is Advent.

  • Advent 2: "As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

    Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,"

  • Advent 1: Advent is a season of quiet expectation and contrast.  It begins somberly as we reflect on endings, judgment and human frailty, but looks toward greater light and joy as we near the Nativity.  During Advent, our worship space, words and actions reflect the tone of the season. Each Sunday just before worship a new candle on the Advent Wreath is lit gradually increasing the light.

  • St. Andrew’s Co-Sponsors Listening and Sharing Conversation on November 15th. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and the Union Congregational Church in Groton are the sponsors for an evening devoted to conversations about Sexual Assault, Violence, and Harassment. Recent events in the news have triggered emotions of anger, fear, and frustration and have caused survivors of abuse to feel unsafe. The Reverend Joyce Scherer-Hoock, rector of St. Andrew’s, and The Reverend Gail Miller, pastor of Union Congregational, invite survivors and their supporters to attend a gathering to share their stories and be truly heard. The event will be on November 15 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, at the Federated Church of Ayer, 21 Washington Street, Ayer, MA.

  • Hilary Greene, Red Cross Executive Director, to Speak at St. Andrew's. Hilary Greene, Executive Director of the CISEMA Chapter of the American Red Cross and Deacon Candidate in the Episcopal Diocese of MA will speak on Sunday, November 11, at the Adult Forum. She will speak about how her work with both the Red Cross and the Diocese is relevant to churches and communities. She will cover how we should prepare ourselves for disaster, personally and within our community, and how we can best help when disaster hits far away. Hilary will be accompanied by her golden retriever, Morgan, the Red Cross Mascot.



    St. Andrew’s is located at 7 Faulkner Street in Ayer and is an open and affirming church. The Sunday Celebration of Holy Communion is at 9:30 am. Child care is available for infants and toddlers beginning at 9:15 am. Sunday School for preschool-aged children and older also starts at 9:15. The Forum is held in the Parish Hall at 11:00 am. All are welcome.

  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Holiday Fair will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is a great place to get a head start on your holiday shopping - perennial favorites include Handmade Crafts, a Silent Auction, Cookies by the Pound, Holiday Pies and Baked Goods, fabulous Gift Baskets and a Raffle.  Lunch on St. Andrew's famous beef stew and apple pie or bring some home for dinner. Craft Vendors this year include natural handmade soaps and beauty supplies, handmade jewelry, beautiful bags, sweaters, soft toys, bird baths, and animal portraits, as well as other goodies.  Local Scouts will be taking orders for wreaths and trees at the Fair.

  • Sunday School begins Sunday, September 22rd at 9:15 in the Parish Hall.

  • The Fall Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, September 16th (rain or shine).  Come and join us after Sunday Service.

  • The Adult Choir will begin preparing for the Fall worship season.  Under the direction of Daniel Francois, organist and choir master, the group will begin rehearsals at 7:00pm on Thursday, August 30.

    The choir rehearses every Thursday evening in the Sanctuary of the church. The choir is a non-audition group and new members are always welcome.

  • In accordance with the policies established by the Diocese of Massachusetts, St. Andrew's maintains compliance with the Safe Church training standards for all clergy, employees, wardens, vestry members, lay eucharistic visitors, pastoral visitors, youth leaders, acolyte leaders, choir directors, church school teachers and volunteers working within our parish.  Contact The Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hoock with any questions on this subject.

  • Come and See what our children's education program is all about. Our Sunday School classrooms will be open for tours. 

    Sunday, August 12 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Tuesday, August 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

    Come and See what our Montessori-based Christian education program is all about. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.

    St. Andrew’s uses The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum for children ages 3-10 years old. The program is based on Montessori principles of individual hands-on learning, which helps young children to develop and enjoy a relationship with Jesus the Good Shepherd through prayer, movement, and stories about Jesus. Older children are exposed to the breadth and depth of the Bible and its purpose. They also actively explore prayer and worship.

    Each age level meets in its own room, called an "atrium", in our remodeled Sunday School. The curriculum encourages children to explore and deepen their understanding of God and our worship. Children are taught and guided by a well-trained teaching staff.

  • So, what happened at the 79th General Convention? Find out at https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2018/07/16/general-convention-wrap-up-following-the-way-of-jesus/

  • Join us on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 during the summer months for weeding, reading and fellowship.  This month's reading and reflections are on the book Accidental Saints.  Don't worry if you haven't read the book or can't pull weeds. Come anyway for the fellowship.  We meet in the Peabody Room next to the church.

  • Dear Women of St. Andrew's, The women of Christ Church, South Hamilton have invited us to join them for a retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Camp September 21-23. This is a great chance to get away for some quiet, meditative time. The cost is $150 for the weekend and includes meals and lodging. 

    The deadline for signing up is Friday, August 10.  Contact Isabel Geller (Igeller@standrewsayer.org) for details on how to register.

  • Pick up your green bag and fill with items for Loaves & Fishes.  Return your green bag on or before September 9th for the next Outreach donation cycle.  How about filling your next bag with school snacks for the fall. Drop your bags off in church or at the parish hall.


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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