Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603  | 508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9 am - 2 pm  |  Tues., Thurs., 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, Sharon, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgracehadwen@gmail.com.
About gathering together again:

Dear HPC Members and Friends,

Re-opening Task Force is looking into when and how it will be safe for us to gather again in-person for worship in our sanctuary.  Before that can happen, there needs to be 
  • Stable or decreasing positive cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts for at least three weeks
  • No stay-at-home order
  • Public schools need to be open at least part time

In addition, we will follow the recommendations of the CDC and the United Church of Christ.  While some decisions are yet to be made, we know we will follow these guidelines:
  • No hymnals or bibles in the pews
  • No passing of collection plates
  • No sharing of communion elements
  • No congregational or choir singing
  • Masks will be required
  • Social distancing will be required between family groups

When we do meet again, we will continue providing a virtual service for those who are not ready to meet in person.  Coffee Hour will continue to be virtual as well.

If you have questions or comments, please be in touch with either pastor:  gracelift@aol.com or pastorsarahhpc@gmail.com

Your Re-Opening Task Force
HPC Food Pantry open Wednesdays.

Our Food Pantry is open on a limited basis and with a safe-distancing procedure. 
  • If you need food, come to the church parking lot on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ring the porch doorbell, speak to the host through the window and return to your car. The host will bring the food to your car.
  • If you are donating food, ring the door bell and leave the bag(s) under the covered porch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Our supplies are often depleted, so please be generous.  For a list of foods needed, click here.
  • If you are able to be a volunteer host, please email rutland385@earthlink.net or call 774.823.3292. We need more help!
Thanks to the Kozicz family for setting up our pandemic procedures to carry on this wonderful ministry! And to Dorrie Hutchins who continues their work.
Join us weekly for virtual worship, study and fellowship.
  • Virtual Sunday School:  9:30 a.m. (age 2 - grade 5).  Contact Pastor Sarah, pastorsarahhpc@gmail.com, for access instructions.
  • Sunday Worship Videos:  HPC YouTube Channel (Each week’s service will be ready on Saturday evening. Experience at the same time as other members and friends at 10 a.m. on Sunday or whenever it’s convenient for you. All videos since March 22 are available.)
  • Printable Sunday Bulletins:  Download this Sunday's service, print and follow as you worship. 
  • Live Coffee Hours:  Sunday, 11 a.m. on Zoom. (Use the link provided in the email sent each week from Pastor Judy to all members and friends of HPC. If you are not on our list, contact Pastor Sarah at pastorsarahhpc@gmail.com.)
  • Confirmation Class:  Scheduled at convenience of class members; contact Maurice for more information: newmanmaurice62@gmail.com.
  • Live Bible Study Care Group:  Tuesday, 10 a.m. on Zoom; contact Pastor Judy for access information: gracelife@aol.com.
  • Live Choir Meetings:  Wednesday, 7 p.m. on Zoom; contact Brett Maguire for access information:  brettwmaguire@gmail.com.

If you are just discovering Hadwen Park Church and want to know how we normally operate, please visit our other pages via the blue navigation bar above.​
We can receive online donations. 
Click the word "DONATE" on our blue navigation bar above.
May we suggest?

Spiritual practices, such as prayer, meditation, devotional reading, Bible study, hymn-singing and many more are helping to sustain people of all faiths during this pandemic.  

Brett Maguire, who serves HPC as our minister of music, is also a practitioner of yoga and Buddhist meditation, a climber and a vegan. You may find the videos on his YouTube channel helpful to you as you seek strength and inner peace in days of uncertainty.

There are videos on meditation, cooking, climbing and even a wonderful organ recital.  

About his video offerings, Brett says, "To me, life is an opportunity to climb, do yoga, and grow. I hope that by sharing my passion and knowledge, you will be inspired to climb higher, do more yoga, and keep growing. Climb on!"
Hadwen Park Church stands in prayerful support of our Black members, Black neighbors, and the entire Black community. 
Our heart breaks, as God’s heart breaks, at the racism that persists in our country. We pledge to take action, as Jesus did, for justice and against inequality.
Live Coffee Hours keep us connected!

Every Sunday, HPC members and friends get together on Zoom at 11 a.m. to chat - almost like we do at our regular after-worship coffee hours. While we aren't able to share hugs and refreshments, we still share joys, concerns, stories and opinions.  In fact, we find we are getting to know each other better and are interacting with more people than we usually do since we often sit at tables and talk only with those where we are seated.  Discussions often center on the week's worship video, current events, requests for prayer, or family news.  Join us by getting the Zoom URL from Pastor Sarah Sund-Lussier at pastorsarahhpc@gmail.com.
Al Greene, director of our LGBT Asylum ministry, was interviewed recently by Spectrum News 1 about the Task Force purchasing a triple-decker to house 12 of our asylum seekers. Click the photo to listen to the interview and celebrate with us!

AND, Al was also interviewed on the same topic by online news outlet MASSLiveRead the story here.
Services & activities during Epiphany

Important notes for accessing our activities -
  • All of our pre-recorded services are available on HPC’s YouTube channel.  You may watch at the time listed, knowing that others are watching along with you, or at a time convenient for you.
  • For the latest printable order of service bulletinclick here.
  • To access any live meeting or service on Zoom, use the link provided in the invitation email sent prior to the event. To be placed on our list to receive emailed invitations, contact Pastor Sarah at: pastorsarahhpc@gmail.com 
  • If you attend an in-person event held at the church (such as recording sessions for worship videos), you must follow these precautions:  Wear a face mask, use hand sanitizer, keep 6’ away from those not part of your household, and follow signage to know where to sit, stand or walk.  

Sunday, January 17
  • 9:30 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: age 2 - grade 5
  • 10 a.m. - Pre-recorded Worship onYouTube - Pastor Sarah Sund-Lussier preaching.
  • 11 a.m. - Live Zoom Coffee Hour

Tuesday, January 19
  • 10 a.m. - Live Zoom Ladies Bible Study Care Group. Contact Pastor Judy for access information: gracelift@aol.com

Sunday, January 24
  • 9:30 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: age 2 - grade 5
  • 10 a.m. - Pre-recorded Worship onYouTube - Alford Greene, Director of LGBT Asylum Ministry, preaching.
  • 11 a.m. - Live Zoom Coffee Hour

Monday, January 25 - Deadline for Annual Reports and February newsletter articles. Send all to theplaceofgracehadwen@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 26
  • 10 a.m. - Live Zoom Ladies Bible Study Care Group. Contact Pastor Judy for access information: gracelift@aol.com

Sunday, January 31
  • 9:30 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: age 2 - grade 5
  • 10 a.m. - Pre-recorded Worship onYouTube - The Rev. Paul Ricard preaching.
  • 11 a.m. - Live Zoom Coffee Hour
With monetary donations from many HPC members and the volunteer efforts of several of members, 50 “baskets" with the ingredients for a hearty Christmas feast were gathered and given to families in need in our own church and through the South Worcester Neighborhood Center. This annual effort has been our tradition for many, many years. 

Thanks to all volunteers and everyone who donated to make this happen.
Food Basket ministry repeated
Children’s Virtual Christmas 
Pageant still available!

Fear not! The pandemic did not cancel 
our Sunday School pageant this year.  
Our children presented “Do Not Be Afraid: 
A Virtual Christmas Pageant” on
Sunday, December 20. Centered on the 
narratives surrounding Jesus’ birth from the gospels of Matthew and Luke, this inter-generational play was recorded on Zoom and is now available on YouTube. We're sure you will enjoy it.
Christmas Eve 
Candlelight Service 
still available on YouTube

​If you missed going to church on 
Christmas Eve or want to go again, 
Click here to link to the service 
on YouTube.  
Download the worship bulletin to print 
and follow along. 

Jesus is born!
​DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD PANTRIES
to be held in January

The United Way of Central MA and Worcester Area Mission Society will host a "Drive-Through Food Pantry" on each of the next three Thursdays. Food boxes will be distributed. The organizers and sponsors include The Worcester Red Sox, Ocean State Job Lot, the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, Worcester State University, Polar Beverages, the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Central West Justice – a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid - and the Worcester Together Response Team.

DETAILS: It’s necessary to register in advance to pick up a food box at Worcester State, and it is possible for a date to "sell out." Click the links on the dates below to register.

January 14 - https://usa4vets.formstack.com/forms/patriot_farm_worcester_state_jan14
January 21 - https://usa4vets.formstack.com/forms/patriot_farm_worcester_state_jan21
January 28 - https://usa4vets.formstack.com/forms/patriot_farm_worcester_state_jan28

The Worcester State distribution is for everyone. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity. And please stay safe.
Excerpted from a letter to our congregation from its pastors

January 9, 2021

Dear Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ:

This year and these days have found us pummeled with fear, sadness, and a sense that our world is shaking under our feet. It is. ...

We must take a stand that is not necessarily political but is moral. It is what Jesus did and we yearn to follow him more perfectly. What is happening in our government right now is immoral and unethical. Lying, particularly when one has power over others, was not right(eous) when the Ten Commandments were written and it is not right(eous) in 2020/21. We believe that our country is divided due to the lies and manipulation of this administration and we would call it that way were the leaders Republican, Democrat, Independent, or other. Wrong is wrong and leading people to violence with lies is doubly unrighteous and evil. …

What happened at the capitol has absolutely no comparison with the Black Lives Matter work that our church supports with approval from our Church Council led by the Missions and Social Justice Committee. We urge any of you who wonder about that to read. Read the history of oppression and dehumanization of men, women and children black or brown who have been lynched, tortured and denied full access to economic, educational and social opportunity, systemically. We can say the past is the past but we know from what happened on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 that white supremacists, nationalists, and other groups work every day to steal the rights(eousness) of our brothers and sisters. …

“If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don't want peace. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status quo, I don't want peace. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don't want it. Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of justice for all people.” - Excerpt from Dr. King's "When Peace Becomes Obnoxious" speech delivered on March 18, 1956 at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

Jesus was a peacemaker, not a peacekeeper. We cannot be quiet or stand idly by while God’s children suffer with racism, hunger, hatred and abuse. We must MAKE a new peace.

In the name of Jesus,
     Reverend Judith Hanlon, Senior Pastor, gracelift@aol.com
     Reverend Sarah Sund-Lussier, Assoc. Pastor of Faith Formation,      
          pastorsarahhpc@gmail.com

Click here to read the full text of the letter.