Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Wed., Fri.
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Welcome to Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

We believe that all people of every age, physical or mental ability, body image, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, social-economic background, family construct and faith tradition are equal in the eyes of God and this congregation. When entering our sanctuary, you will be greeted with a smile, an extended hand and feel the love of Christ surrounding you. 

We are an Open and Affirming congregation.
Here, you are a stranger, but once.

Written by the Social Justice Task Force 
Approved by Hadwen Park Church Trustees, 4/7/04

Judith Hanlon, Pastor
gracelift@aol.com
Want more information?  
Call or write our church secretary, Betty Jane, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
Fall Worship and Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship. A nursery is available for infants through 2-year-olds; parents may watch their fussy children in the nursery and still hear the service. (Beginning October 29, a professional child care provider will take over for parents.) September - mid-May, children aged 3 through high school sit with their parents/guardians in worship until excused to their Sunday School classes. (On Communion Sundays, grades 6-8 remain in the sanctuary throughout the service.) At 11 a.m., a time for fellowship and refreshments follows worship. All are welcome. Look for more information on the events below either here or on our Facebook page. Or contact the church office at theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
  • Saturday, October 21 - LGBT Asylum Seekers GALA, 5:30 - 10:30 p.m., Beechwood Hotel, Worcester. Tickets are sold out.
  • Sunday, October 22 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (8:45 Adult Choir rehearsal; 9:30 Kids Choir practice) 
  • Tuesday, October 24 - New Member Class, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 27, "Two & One Revival," 6 p.m. (See info at left.)
  • Saturday, October 28 - Halloween Party, 10 a.m. - noon, sponsored by the Christian Ed. Committee for grades K-5. Costumes welcome; no weapons, please. Contact the church office for more information: 508.752.7489.
  • Sunday, October 29 - New Member Sunday - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (8:45 Adult Choir rehearsal; 9:30 Kids Choir practice) 
  • Sunday, October 29 - New Member Reception, 4 p.m. at Pastor Judy's home. (Call the church office for her address.) New and long-time members are welcome!
Remember a special 
person or event.

There are dates available on the flower calendar. Why not provide flowers for the communion table in memory or honor of a loved one or in celebration of a special event? The calendar is posted in the narthex as you enter the church. Add your name to the date you want, fill out a form and leave it and a check ($25/2 vases, $12.50/1 vase) in the inbox outside BJ's office or mail it to the church. You may also bring your own flowers; just be sure to sign up and that the flowers are in place by 9:30 before worship begins.
Attention youth!

Join one of our youth groups or the fun of it!

Joanne and Michael head up the Junior High Youth Group for 5th-7th graders. They meet 11 a.m. (following worship) until 12:45 p.m. Contact them to be on their list to contact about activities. 

Ralph will lead the Senior High Youth Group for 8th-12th graders beginning at 1 p.m. following the Confirmation Class. If you are interested in joining, please let him know so he can add you to the contact list.

Also, keep an eye on our HPC Youth page on Facebook for up-to-date info on youth doings.
Hunger is always with us.

Our Food Pantry is continually in use by those 
in need. Thus, it is always open to donations of 
non-perishable items.  Please remember the Pantry when doing your grocery shopping.  See our list of needed items. Or pick up one of the specially marked bags in our Narthex or on the stair landing. Bring your donations when you come to worship.  They are an offering of thanks to God.
Women's Bible Study group celebrates!

Affectionately known as the B.S. Ladies, this weekly care group recently celebrated one of its members who is finally back on her feet after a year of hard work to recover from a serious car accident. The group meets at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at the church. They welcome new members.
​Practice Yoga at HPC!

Saturday morning sessions at 10 a.m. will be held November 4, 11 & 18 for people of all ages and abilities. Learn the healthful stretching and breathing exercises of Yoga. Join your church family and friends for this gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or rug (approximately 2'x6'). Contact Al for more information. (After a break for the holiday, sessions will resume in January.)
HPC Food Pantry
Rally Day was all about the kids 
- including grown-up Children of God

On Sunday, September 10, parents registered their children to participate in 2017-18 faith formation classes at HPC and the worship service was geared toward the younger generations. Hymns and songs included several church camp favorites, the morning message was the reading of a children’s book, children sang with the adult choir and listened to a children’s sermon. But the service was made even more special by the baptism of twins Brayden and Scarlett, followed by the baptism of their mother Amanda - a surprise for her father, who is an HPC member. And, the twins’ father, Michael, serenaded them with a song he wrote.

It’s never to late to register your children for Sunday School - you can do it any Sunday. Nor is it ever too late to volunteer to help teach or assist with Sunday School, with short-term commitments available. Contact hadwenparkce@gmail.com to sign up or for more information. Read about our Sunday School program.

Good news . . . bad news

Sunday, September 17 was a happy and sad day. Happy because Church School classes began and the kids had a great time learning about God's promise to us, making promises to each other about being part of a community. (They made a rainbow - symbol of God's covenant with God's people - and made a covenant with each other.)

Sad because it was our last Sunday with our beloved director of Christian education, Susan Crimer. We bid her farewell and Godspeed at the close of worship and the children thanked her during the fellowship hour that followed. We have all been blessed by her joy-filled ministry among us. We wish her health and great happiness and look forward to her visits with us in the future. Thank you, Susan!
HPC in the News!

Read what columnist Dianne Williamson had to say about the work of our LGBT Alsylum Task Force in the Sunday, September 10 Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Kids get up close and personal with farm animals

On Sunday, October 15, a dozen HPC youth ventured to Rutland to the Heifer International farm where they learned about other cultures, interacted with the animals that HI sends around the world to relieve hunger and prepared a meal typical of one of the countries represented in the farm's Global Village. 
Reviving an old tradition

If you are 55 or over (or younger for that 
matter) and a couple or a single, bring a 
dish to share and join us for a 
"Two & One" Revival beginning at 6 p.m. 
on Friday, October 27 in Fellowship Hall. We'll enjoy conversation and good food first and then hear Steve Hubbard talk (and joke) about his travels around the world to witness astronomy-related events, such as his recent trip to Wyoming to view the solar eclipse.

If all goes well, we'll repeat these traditional potluck/program gatherings monthly. 

Sign up in Fellowship Hall or call Anne Nickerson at 508.755.1358 or the church office at 508.752.7489. If you need a ride, let them know. 
The Church family gathered

After worship on October 8, we joined longtime member Verna to celebrate her recent 65th birthday. With no family nearby to fete her, her HPC family stepped in with singing, cake, cards and stories. You are loved, Verna!