St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchAyer, Massachusetts


  • The End of Year BBQ is June 11, 2023It's almost that time of the year - the Annual End of Year BBQ - with bouncy castle, music, good food, and always great company! Join us on the lawn after the Service on June 11th to celebrate the end of the Sunday School year!

  • Holy Week Schedule 2023

    Palm Sunday, April 2
    9:30 am -  Blessing of the Palms, Holy Eucharist, Reading of the Passion.  Meet in the Parish Hall.

    Maundy Thursday, April 6
    7:00 pm -   Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar

    Good Friday, April 7
    Noon –    Stations of the Cross walking through Ayer alongside Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. Start at St. Andrew’s Church

    Noon to 3:00 pm St. Andrew’s Church will be open for prayer and Reflection

    7:00 pm – Good Friday Proper Liturgy

    Holy Saturday, April 8
    7:30 pm -   No service at St. Andrew’s, but all are welcome to the service at Shepherd of the Valley Church on Washington Street, Ayer

    Easter Sunday, April 9
    9:30 am – Festive Holy Eucharist
    10:45am – Easter Egg Hunt on the Lawn
    11:00am – Coffee Hour at the Parish Hall

  • St. Andrew's History Night
    An Interactive presentation recounting of St. Andrew's History along with a fabulous Potluck was held recently - this was a great look at the who, what, when, and where, that made our parish what it is today.

  • City Reach - Unhoused Outreach
    Sunday School Teens from St. Andrew's Church joined by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Ayer, and UCC Groton, with chaperones and volunteers packed up and headed into St. Paul's in Boston to spend a night helping the Unhoused in Boston in March 2023.


    The members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ayer, are hereby summoned to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Parish on January 29, 2023, at 11:00am in the Parish Hall, for the purpose of conducting its business in accordance with Article V of the Bylaws.

    The business of the meeting shall be:

    1. To hear reports of the several committees and officers of the parish and to act thereon.
    2. To present the budget for 2023.
    3. To elect officers and Vestry members as well as Diocesan Convention delegates and Deanery representatives.
    4. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
  • Join us on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2022, at 4.30pm for our Family Service with Holy Communion, and/or at 9pm for a Special Service of Lessons and Carols (with Holy Communion).
    St. Andrew's will not have a live Service on Sunday, December 25, 2022. Services from St. Paul's Cathedral, Boston will be broadcast live from our Facebook Page at 10am.

  • Stewardship Season has begun.  Please consider how you can support St. Andrew's in 2023.

    Click here to view the Stewardship Presentation from October 16, 2022.
    Pledge cards will be mailed out to Parishioners homes shortly and an online Pledge Form is available here.

    October 16 -Stewardship Sunday
    October 23 –Stewardship Speaker
    October 30 –Stewardship Speaker
    November 13 -Ingathering Sunday

  • Blessing of the Animals - Sunday, October 2, 2022

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church was excited to welcome parishioners and the greater community for a Blessing of the Animals. A joyful way to recognize the Feast of St. Francis, everyone was invited to bring beloved pets and stuffed animals alike for a Blessing

  • Sunday School Kickoff 

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church kicked off the new church school year with its annual cookout on the lawn complete with a kids’ bouncy house and sidewalk chalk art on September 25, 2022. We are always open to welcoming new families and children anytime.  Parents can tour the classrooms and meet with teachers about the curriculum after any Service. Come and see what St. Andrew’s can offer you. It’s never too late to get started.

  • Our DOORS Are OPEN! Sundays @ 9:30am. Come in-person or join us on Facebook Live.

  • Annual Nativity

    Every year at this time St. Andrew's has hosted a Nativity Display, showcasing Nativity sets from around the world as well as Parishioners' own precious sets.  This year over the course of the coming week and next we will present a number of these special Nativities for your viewing pleasure on our Facebook page.  

    A video Rob Mitchell put together in 2017 can also be seen here

  • Melanie Hickcox's Stewardship Talk.  

    This talk was presented at our Sunday Service on November 15th, however due to technical difficulties most people were unable to hear the talk.  This was a great talk and well worth watching!

  • Prayers at the time of death and dying can be said as you gather together with your loved one.  Use this guide to get started.

  • In this time of great fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, remember these words of comfort: Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

  • Join us in practicing a "Way of Love". Learn more at

  • Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) provides Christians an opportunity to pray, fast, and prepare.

  • Walk the lighted labyrinth and meditate on the light of the Epiphany season which illuminates the darkness of winter on Saturday, January 11, 6:00 pm to 9:00.  This is a drop-in event. Come for as long as you like to enjoy the quiet light. Walking the labyrinth takes approximately 20 minutes. Children are always welcome and will take great delight in the light. There will also be quiet space to sit for centering prayer or meditation.

  • Advent 4:  For the 4th week of advent 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.

  • 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

  • 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.


Physical address
7 Faulkner Street
Ayer, Massachusetts 01432

Mailing address
St. Andrew's Church
PO Box 298
Ayer, MA 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.