At St. Andrew's, we believe that our faith calls us to continue Jesus' servant ministry in our communities by witnessing to God's reconciling love. We believe that the ministers of the Church include not only the deacons, priests, and bishops, but also all lay persons--adults and children alike. Most important, we believe that by welcoming everyone into our church family and by working together as a faith community, we can make a difference in the world--to bring in the Kingdom of God, to build up the body of Christ, and to glorify God's holy name.
We believe that active participation in the life of our parish and of our communities offers each person a tremendous opportunity to live exactly as Christ called us to live. There are as many ways to serve as there are needs for service. We do hope that you will join with us in this important work.
The Altar Guild's ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards. Altar Guild members frequently supervise the decoration of the sanctuary of the parish with flowers. There are also special tasks associated with holy days, baptisms, weddings, funerals and memorial services.
This commission assists the rector in the implementation of programs designed to assist parishioners in their growth and formation as Christians, including overseeing both the children and adult curricula, teaching, recruiting and training teachers, obtaining printed devotional materials, and maintaining the parish library in the Peabody Room.
The Communications Commission creates and implements effective communications both within the parish and outward to the local communities.
Oversee parish buildings, grounds, furnishings, and equipment, including code compliance, timely maintenance, repair, and replacement, negotiating fuel oil and energy prices, conducting parish work days for cleaning, light painting, yard maintenance, etc., and overseeing rental of the rectory.
Develop and implement programs to encourage membership growth in the parish, including creating brochures and written materials to provide prospective members with information, welcoming visitors and newcomers, developing an infrastructure to engage newcomers, keeping the parish mailing list up-to-date, increasing member participation in parish activities, and advocating to make the church accessible to all persons.
Oversee ministry activities that reach beyond the parish and address human needs, including identifying outreach opportunities, recommending the allocation of the annual outreach budget, and encouraging time and talent involvement by members in outreach activities. We presently support Esperanza Academy, Habitat for Humanity - North Central Massachusetts, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, Massachusetts Council of Churches, Nashoba Valley Young Life, and Partners In Health.
Please, click here to learn more about our outreach initiatives.
Promote a spirit of fellowship among parish members, newcomers, visitors, and guests, including coordinating the weekly coffee hours, organizing the fall and spring Foyers Groups, and planning luncheons, receptions, picnics, and potluck events throughout the year.
Discern and respond actively to a wide variety of parishioner needs in a respectful and compassionate way, including supporting families during illnesses, deaths, and other difficult situations by providing food, transportation, and visitation, and delivering Sunday flowers to the ill or homebound.
Oversee stewardship and finances within the parish, including fostering year-round stewardship, conducting the annual "estimate of giving" campaign and "time and talent" survey, recommending the annual budget, recommending/managing insurance coverage, managing the reserve investment accounts, and coordinating endowment, memorial, and capital fund raising.
Work with the pastoral staff in developing the communal prayer and worship life of the parish, including providing opportunities for continual spiritual growth, recruiting acolytes, lectors, and liturgical ministers, and providing feedback on any liturgical concerns of parishioners.
The Parish Historian and assistants research and record the past and present history of the parish or mission with which they are affiliated and record the events, developments, statistics and other contemporary data that give evidence of the changing life of the congregation as it exists in the larger community. Historians collect, describe and conserve the documentary and pictorial archives of their parish and encourage the preservation and recording of the artistic elements of workshop and liturgy including church architecture, sculpture, ceremonial legal instruments, relevant printed and published materials, and other valuable and historical appointments.
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.