SUNDAY, DEC. 30

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran together with Trinity Episcopal, Shirley, and St. David's Episcopal, Pepperell, will join together in a service of Lessons and Carols at Groton School Chapel at 10 a.m. Please come and join in this celebration of the Christmas Season.

TUESDAY, JAN. 1

First Day Hike: 10:30 a.m. Meet at Pearl Hill State Park parking lot on New Fitchburg Road in Townsend. We'll hike or snowshoe through Pearl Hill State Park on the Friends Trail and then leave that trail to travel alongside Pearl Hill Brook. Total hiking distance will be about 3.5 miles. Bring water and a snack, and dress for the weather. Please register with Emily Norton at 978-597-3553 by 9 PM the day before the hike if you plan to participate.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12

The Science of Ice and Snow: The Nashua River Watershed Association will be kicking off the new year with science and adventure for children ages 7 to 11 with our first Science Saturday of 2013 from 1-2:30 p.m. Learn about how snow helps insulate the world of small animals. Do experiments with ice and build a snow fort! We'll be engaged in activities indoors and outdoors at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Rt. 119), in Groton. Science Saturday costs $25. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299 or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES

Christmas Worship Union Congregational Church, Groton: All are welcome Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. for Family Worship, geared especially to the young, will include a reading of the Christmas Story during which children can participate as an angel or shepherd as well as music and passing of the light. At 7 p.m., a traditional service, more for adults and teens, will include Lessons and Carols, the full Christmas story, lots of music and the passing of the light. Refreshments will be served from 6-7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. UCC is located at 218 Main St. at Willowdale (near Filho's Cucina). For information, visit www.uccgroton.org or call the church office at 978-448-2091.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7 Faulkner St, Ayer, 978-772-2615, www.standrewsayer.org

Christmas Services

Dec. 24 4:30 p.m. Family Eucharist with "Whole Church" Nativity Pageant.

Costumes are handed out at the door so all children can participate. This is an informal child friendly service for all ages.

Dec, 24 10 p.m. Holiday Music Interlude

Dec. 24 10:30 p.m. Eucharist for The Feast of The Nativity with Trumpet and the Halleluiah Chorus.

Carols and choir music begin at 10 p.m.

Dec. 30 9:00 a.m. Christmas Lessons & Carols

Each week:

Sunday Services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Nursery 9:45 -- end of second service; Christian Education 9:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Children's & Teens Sunday Groups:

"The Catechesis of The Good Shepherd" is a hands-on, developmentally sensitive way of introducing children aged 3 through teen to Jesus, the Bible, and the liturgy using the Montessori Method. Three groups meet on Sundays beginning 9:45 a.m. Classes join the adults in worship at the Peace.