St. Andrew's is a welcoming congregation serving central Massachusetts communities. Everyone is welcome to attend our services and, in accordance with the Canons of the Episcopal Church, every baptized Christian may receive Holy Communion in this Church.
In the Episcopal Church, we use the term "Eucharist" to mean the entire worship service, of which Holy Communion is one part. We believe that the Eucharist is the sacrament of thanksgiving given by Christ for the continual remembrance of His life, death, and resurrection.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. - Traditional Eucharist
The 8 o'clock service on Sunday mornings is a Rite I Holy Eucharist with a sermon. We use the Book of Common Prayer (1979). The language of the prayers in this service is traditional. This one hour service does not include hymns or other music. The congregation likes the quiet and contemplative atmosphere. All are welcome for refreshments and conversation after the service.
Sunday 9:45 a.m. - Free Nursery Care for Infants and Toddlers (3 and under)
Free infant and toddler care is provided by competent staff throughout the year in the lower level of the Parish Hall. From September-June, parents may leave children from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Children will be released only to the adult who signed them in.
Sunday 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School for Kindergarten-5th Grade Students (September-June)
Teachers are on site in the Parish Hall before 9:45 a.m. so families may drop children off and walk over to the church for the 10:00 a.m. service. Each class will join the service after the sermon for Communion.
Sunday 9:45 a.m. - Classes for Middle School and High School Teens (September-June)
Young people in their Middle School and High School years attend the Level III "Plan of God" class on Sunday morning and also participate as acolytes and readers in our regular monthly intergenerational services.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - Choral Eucharist
The 10 o'clock service is a Rite II Holy Eucharist--a service with beautiful music, thoughtful preaching, and the poetic prayers for which the Episcopal church is known. We use the Book of Common Prayer (1979) and the Hymnal (1982). The language of the prayers in this service is contemporary. Prior to the service, an organ prelude, joined occasionally by other musicians, allows time for prayer and meditation. Hymns are accompanied by the organ and choir. The 10 o'clock service generally lasts about 1 1/4 hours. All are welcome for refreshments and conversation after the service.
For nursing mothers and families with infants, there are two choices: 1) Infants are welcome at the service. If you need to leave during the service, please feel free to use the adjacent room we call "the Snuggery," with soft carpeting, comfortable chairs, and a changing table; or 2) Free infant and toddler care is provided in the Parish Hall by competent staff from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (September-June).
If you get a late start, come along anyway. We'd rather have you late than not at all!
Wednesday 12:00 Noon - Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
This mid-week service is a Rite II Holy Eucharist with a brief homily (sermon). We use the Book of Common Prayer (1979). The language of the prayers in this service is contemporary. There are no hymns or other music. It is an intimate service well suited for those who would like a mid-week break from the everyday hustle and bustle and for those who would like to receive a healing prayer during Communion. This service lasts about 30 minutes. If you have time to squeeze us in on your lunch break, you are most welcome!
For those members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, are unable to be present in Church and wish to receive Holy Communion, St. Andrew's offers specially trained lay ministers (Eucharistic Visitors) who are available to bring the Consecrated Elements directly from the Church to a hospital, nursing home, or private residence. To arrange for a Eucharistic Visitor, please contact the Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hoock, our Rector, or Ms. Lynn Ferrillo, our Office Administrator.