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Federated Church of Ayer

AYER — The Federated Church of Ayer, 21 Washington St., offers worship beginning at 9:45 on Sunday mornings. Communion, open to all, is on the first Sunday of the month. “Breakfast with the Pastor” is open to those wanting to discuss what matters, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. On the last Sunday of the month, there will be a new worship format that is inter-generational, interactive and accessible to all in the Fellowship Hall. The church is affiliated with Untied Church of Christ, American Baptists, United Methodists and all on a spiritual journey. For more information, call the church office at (978) 772-2044 or e-mail the Rev. Priscilla Denham at pastorfedchurch@verizon.ent.

World Day of Prayer

TOWNSEND — World Day of Prayer will be celebrated at Townsend United Methodist Church on Friday, March 3. The church will be open to the public for individuals and groups to come at any time between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a time of prayer and meditation. World Day of Prayer is a celebration of prayer in over 170 countries. Traditionally on the first Friday in March, people of many traditions and ages celebrate this common day of prayer.

All who wish to come will be welcomed and directed to the sanctuary. The church is located at the corner of routes 13 and 119 in Townsend Center. Please call the Rev. Elisabeth Smith at (978) 433-2185 for more information.

’Prayer, praise and seeking

Biblical truth together’

FITCHBURG — The Zion House of Prayer, 104 High St., Fitchburg (the home of the Rev. Jim and Jan Gunn), will host “Prayer, praise and seeking Biblical truth together,” on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. There is ample parking in driveway. For more information, call (978) 345-5758. There will also be a celebration of Holy Communion following the study on the first Wednesday of the month. Healing prayer is available by appointment.

Shrove Tuesday

LITTLETON — Most folks call it “Mardi Gras.” Some people refer to it as “Shrove Tuesday”, but the Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King St., will celebrate this pre-Lenten tradition early with an assortment of events.

The festivities will start on Sunday, Feb. 26, with two worship services. There will be a traditional service at 8:30 a.m. and a child-centered service at 10:15 a.m, featuring congregational singing, old Southern hymns and a New Orleans mood.

For children, there will be free candy and Mardi Gras favors as well as a crowning of the King and Queen of Mardi Gras, and other enjoyable activities. Those attending may purchase their child’s magnetic framed photo with a Mardi Gras theme for $2.00. A selection of Lenten devotional materials especially for children will be available in the Parish Hall.