Sunday School begins Sunday, September 23rd at 9:15 in the Parish Hall.
Sunday School begins Sunday, September 23rd 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.
Would you like to revisit the sermon delivered by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the Royal Wedding? Visit https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/video/royal-wedding-sermon
Come and See what we're all about. Join us on Sundays at 9:30am, 7 Faulkner St, Ayer, MA.
Services During Holy Week:
Palm Sunday, March 25, 9:30am, Procession of the Palms and Dramatic Passion Gospel, Celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 5:30pm in the Parish Hall. Agape Meal.
Good Friday Liturgy and The Way of the Cross, March 30, noon in the Church, Starts at St. Andrew's and ends at the Federated Church.
Easter Sunday, April 1, 9:30am, Celebration of the Holy Eucharist with Choir and Instrumentalists.
Can you hear me now? Bob Stains, Conflict Transformation Specialist, will be our guest speaker at this Sunday's Adult Forum (March 11). Bob will explore the topic of connecting with others through being curious about each other's stories. Adult Forums are held each Sunday in the Parish Hall right after the service and coffee hour (approx 10:45am).
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will welcome Bob Stains, a leader in Conflict Transformation, on Sundays March 11 and 18 at the church’s weekly Adult Forum following the Sunday service. Stains’ topic for March 11 is Connecting through Curiosity: Receptive Skills, in which he will teach the audience listening skills when hearing each other’s stories.
Stains is the founder and principal of Bob Stains and Associates, Conflict Transformation, has over 37 years of experience in consulting, coaching, training, facilitating, mediating and non-profit management. He has trained over 20,000 people in dialogue, conflict resolution and communication skill-building and worked with clients from across the US and 17 other countries.
Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast. The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history. Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days. Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. assembly. In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word".
Join us Sunday, February 25th after the service for Come and See Forum #2 where we'll learn how we invite someone in to see our church. We'll talk about how to let go of some of those fears we have when faced with talking about our faith and what words we can use to encourage others to Come and See a place we care so deeply about.
Services are scheduled for Wednesday, February 14 at noon and 7pm in the Church. Both services will offer Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes.
The first of the forty days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality, and may be imposed with the sign of the cross. Ash Wednesday is observed as a fast in the church year of the Episcopal Church.
Advent 4: The 4th week of advent collides with Christmas Eve celebrations on the same day this coming Sunday. 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.
The Advent Wreath: Some traditions attach meanings to using different greens, each signifying another aspect of the season. Ivy—to remind us of the human spirit clinging to God’s strength. Cedar—to remind us of eternal life available to all through Christ. Holly—to remind us of Jesus’ crown of thorns. Bay—to remind us of victory over sin and death.
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.
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.
Welcome Advent! Give Advent a fighting chance to be part of the mix of your life in December with intentionality.
"To the extent that your intention is clear and strong, your practice will be also. If your intention gets muddled and consumed, so will your practice. …You are simply asked to attend, to give yourself completely into that deeper, mysterious presence.” (from Chapter 12, The Wisdom Jesus, by Cynthia Bourgeault)
Christmas Eve Service Schedule
4:00 pm - Children's Pageant
9:00 pm - Lessons & Carols with Communion
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.
Apple Pie Day was a huge success!
Thank you to everyone who peeled apples and made pies.
Bring your Green bags in October 29th!
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.
7 Faulkner Street
Ayer, Massachusetts 01432
St. Andrew's is handicap accessible. We also have large print bibles and Book of Common Prayer available upon request
St. Andrew's is a proud sponsor of Cub Scout Pack 32. Contact them at ObscureBSA for more information.