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 
& 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 - May, children aged 3 through high school sit with their parents/guardians in worship until excused to their Church School classes. June - August, children attend worship with their parents/guardians, there will be a children's sermon. A time for fellowship and refreshments follows worship at 11 a.m. All are welcome. Watch for more information on these and other events which will be posted as details become available. Or contact the church office at theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
  • Sunday, August 28 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (Pick-up Choir rehearses at 8:45 a.m.*)
  • Sunday, September 4 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (Pick-up Choir rehearses at 8:45 a.m.*)
  • Saturday, September 10 - Worcester Pride Parade - Watch for informationon HPC's participation
  • Sunday, September 11 - Rally Day! (And Church School Registration)
  • Sunday, September 18 - Church School Begins!

* Pick-up Choir is your opportunity to be part of a choir without attending weekly rehearsal. Just arrive on Sunday morning open to learning an easy anthem​, dressed with respect, and ready to praise God with your voice! Please appear on time (8:45) at the piano in the sanctuary.
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.

HPC Recovery Support Group helps anyone who is struggling

Designed for anyone dealing with an addiction or a compulsion or with any challenge they find hard to overcome (or for those who care about those who are struggling), this group meets every Friday at 7 p.m. in the church conference room. Come to find support and guidance from others who struggle. Speak if you wish, but know your words will not be repeated outside the group. Find no judgement, no discrimination . . . only support. Contact the church office for more information: 508.752.7489 or theplaceof grace@aol.com.

Our bills don't take a vacation in the summer.
We appreciate it when you keep your pledge/donations up to date.  Thank you.
My Lord, What a Morning!

What a thrill to be among the congregation at Pride Morning Worship on June 11 when our own Pastor Judith K. Hanlon and US Senator Elizabeth Warren were given an Open Door Award from Old South Church (UCC) in Boston for their LGBT advocacy. Many friends from HPC and many LGBT asylum seekers were on hand to cheer. Amazing music, amazing preaching, amazing women! Praise God for their work.
HPC Food Pantry
Four youngsters and three adults return from PA Mission Trip
Seven HPC members spent a hot July week in York PA as volunteers in a meals-on-wheels kitchen. 

It wasn't all work, however. The group visited historical sites (here mugging with George), recreational facilities and Hershey World. The week also included worship, Bible Study and group discussion.
Many thanks to their adult advisors: Joanne, Laurie and Ralph - the three without a hat!
Here they receive instructions and suit up for work.
A July Sunday . . .

Jack reads the welcoming statement and tells about the younger youth mission trip to York PA. Susan gives a children's message. The pick-up choir sings. Sam preaches. We give thanks and share.
Senior Youth Missionaries post photos

A little info and a few photos has been shared on our Facebook site by the older youth who are on a work camp in Bryn Athyn PA where they are rehabbing homes for the elderly, disabled and economically challenged. Here are a few. Check out the rest on our Facebook page. (The webmaster is on vacation, so it may be a while before others are posted on this site. Check back after August 15.)

Below are shots of the group just before leaving on July 31 and at one of their daily Bible study sessions.