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.
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.
Summer 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. 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.) In the summer, there is special programming for children - see below. 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.
  • Friday, July 21 - Decorating for Vacation Bible School, 6-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 23 - Worship & 1st VBS session, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, July 23 - Worship & 1st VBS session, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Monday, July 24 thru Wednesday, July 26 - Vacation Bible School continues, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (See more below.)
  • Sunday, July 30 - Worship & Children's Church, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • ​Sunday, August 6 - Worship with Communion & Children's Church, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, August 13 - Worship & Children's Church, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, August 20 - Worship & Children's Church, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, August 27 - Worship & Children's Church, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, September 3 - Worship with Communion & Children's Church, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Monday, September 4 - All-Church Labor Day Picnic, Charlton Reservoir, noon to when the last car leaves
  • Sunday, September 10 - Rally Day: Register your child for Sunday School - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (8:45 Adult Choir rehearsal; 9:30 Kids Choir practice)
  • Sunday, September 17 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (8:45 Adult Choir rehearsal; 9:30 Kids Choir practice)
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.
Friday Evening Support Group open to anyone who is struggling

Do you have a problem with alcohol, drugs, over-eating, gambling, or another addiction or compulsion? Are you in recovery, struggling, hoping to get there? Or are you just in need of some moral support for any reason?

Stop by HPC’s upstairs conference room ANY Friday night between 7-8 p.m. for a cup of coffee and some informal conversation. Please enter through the side “office” door.

There is no membership, no dues, and no obligation to come every week—just when you can. What is said during each gathering is held in confidence within the group.

Contact the church office for more information: 508.752.7489 or theplaceof grace@aol.com.
HPC Food Pantry
Summer Children's Activities

​Our regular Church School classes ended on Children Sunday in May, but that doesn't mean there is no reason for the kids to come to church until September!

Children's Church
In the summer, children age 3 
through grade 5 are invited 
to enjoy faith formation activities 
during the sermon time at the 
10 a.m. worship service. They are 
encouraged to come in casual 
clothing for playing, singing and 
maybe getting a little wet and dirty!

For more information, contact our director of Christian education - Susan Crimer at hadwenparkce@gmail.com.
Attention youth!

Nick and Stephanie lead the Senior High Youth Group for 9th-12th graders. If you are interested in joining, please let them know so they can add you to the contact list.

Joanne and Michael head up the Junior High Youth Group for 5th-8th graders. Contact them to be on their list for when the groups begin again next fall. 

Keep an eye on our HPC Youth page on Facebook for up-to-date info on youth doings.
Give singing a try this summer!

If you ever considered singing in a church choir, but weren't sure if you could carry a tune, read music or wanted to spend time that way, now is your chance to test the waters.

With very little commitment and no obligation to continue in the fall, you can sing with the "A+ Pick-up Choir" on one Sunday or all Sundays this summer - your choice. Just show up in the choir loft at 9 a.m., learn a song or two with like-minded folks and sing it that day during worship. If you enjoy it, come back for more! AND, children are welcome! (A+ = All Ages and Abilities)

The A+ Pick-up Choir begins on May 28 and runs through September 3. For more information, contact Minister of Music Anne Arsenault at anne@pianoanne.com.
Looking ahead . . .
  • Saturday, October 21 - LGBT Asylum Task Force GALA (dinner/dance fundraiser) - featuring Jazz Saxophonist Willie Sordillo and the Dale LePage Trio - Beechwood Hotel, Worcester
Mark this date on your calendar and watch for more information.​
Roller-Skating was a hit - as always

While the photo may not be stunningly clear, it was very clear that HPC members and friends who came to the rink the evening of June 11 had a great time. The annual event was sponsored by the Christian Education Committee.
A Sacrament was celebrated on June 11!

Ayla wanted her baptism to be a celebration - a day to be born into the family of God. Her family decorated the church, congregants brought food pantry gifts at her request, the choir sang, the pastor read the creation story to the kids, the kids sang and danced. Welcome, Ayla. Call on your church family if you need love, support or care.
See more photos and a video of the choir on our Facebook page.
Please don't forget to keep your weekly/monthly pledge up to date 
this summer.
You may go on vacation, 
but church expenses do not!
Thank you.
Summer Sunday . . .

On Independence Day Weekend, Harriet told us why she wants to be a US citizen, lauding our many freedoms. Our Summer Pick-up Choir sang praise to God. And we celebrated the Lord's Supper.
HPC Member gets major dose of our 
United Church of Christ

Al Green was a youth 
representative of the 
Central Association, 
Mass. Conference, 
UCC at General 
Synod 31 in 
Baltimore, MD 
June 30 - July 4. 
He got to see our 
denomination at work 
- setting policy, making 
pronouncements, 
taking part in 
joyous worship, 
inspirational 
Bible study, and 
making great friends.

Watch for his report in the 
September newsletter 
and/or ask him about 
his amazing experience. 
Vacation Bible School

Beginning Sunday, July 23, during worship and continuing 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the next three days (July 24-26) kids aged 3 thru grade 8 are invited to a "Cave Quest!" The older kids (grades 6-8) will shepherd the younger ones in all the usual, fun VBS activities - games, music, Bible stories, outdoor fun and snacks. 

Adult and teen volunteers are needed to help make all this happen. (This includes an evening to decorate the church on Friday, July 21 - prior to the VBS start.) For more information or to volunteer, contact our director of Christian education - Susan Crimer at hadwenparkce@gmail.com.
Youth Missionaries Return & Report

Freshly back from a week in Newark Valley, NY, our youth missionaries and their leaders sent three members to report to the congregation on Sunday, July 16 about not only the work they did, but how they interacted with the people whose homes they repaired, how they shared with and learned from each other, and how they grew spiritually. They also thanked the church for supporting them fiscally and with prayer. 
Welcome to your new church family!

Baby Jay was welcomed into the arms of his church family through the sacrament of Christian baptism on Sunday, July 9