St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchAyer, Massachusetts

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Creation Care 2019 Lenten Program

This year Easter falls on the eve of Earth Day. Knowing that God calls on us to love our neighbors – all of them whether human, plant, animal, air, or water – this Lenten season let’s cup our ears to God’s call to care for creation. We will read and pray together and go outside.

Daily Lenten Observance 40 Days Outdoors

A Lenten Observance reminds us that we are God’s children by giving us daily opportunities to rejoice in our lives with God. Our observance should call us into mindfulness. If you typically give something up, this year turn from your indifference to the outdoors. Step outside.

  1. Take at least 10 minutes a day to enjoy the outdoors – anywhere outside, active or stationary.
  2. Take/share photos on St. Andrew’s Facebook that show beauty, wonder, and awe of the natural world so we can rejoice and give thanks. Record signs of the Earth in pain or distress so we can pray and mourn and ask for guidance on how to heal these places.

Adult Forum and Book Study The Earth Gospel

The Earth Gospel by Sam Hamilton-Poore includes four weeks of daily readings and meditations focused on celebration, prayerful contemplation, mourning, and love for the earth. Each book discussion will begin with a preview of the week’s theme.

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March 10 - Rejoice, Reduce, Renew! The Call for Creation Care Reduce! (Book Group)
March 17 - Reduce! (Book Group)
March 24 - Renew! (Book Group)
March 31 - Love Thy Planet! (Book Group)
April 7 - Love Thy Neighbor! (Book Group)
April 14 - Palm Sunday Quiet Walk
April 21 - Easter Sunday 6th Baptismal Covenant
April 27 - Ayer Town wide Clean Up

Get Outdoors (subject to weather)

March 10 - FarAndNear (Shirley, MA)
March 17 - Cowdry Land (Lunenburg, MA)
March 24 - Groton Town Forest (Groton, MA)
March 31 - Pine Meadow (Ayer, MA)
April 7 - Oak Hill (Littleton, MA)
April 14 - Palm Sunday Silent Walk – Oxbow NWR (Harvard, MA)
April 21 - Easter Sunday 6th Baptismal Covenant
April 27 - Ayer Town wide Clean Up

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We are called to care for creation by promoting locally grown food, increasing water and energy efficiency in our churches and homes, recognizing water as a publicly held resource, and treating church owned land as an opportunity to share and cherish the Earth’s beauty. Join in with these experiences, outreach, and time together to make a change in our lives with God at home and at church.


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.