Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
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
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.
Worship & Events in the Advent/Christmas Season

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 Sunday School classes. (On Communion Sundays, grades 6-8 remain in the sanctuary throughout the service.) June - August, children attend worship with their parents/guardians. 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.

For full information on all child, youth and family activities during the Advent/Christmas season, click here.​

  • Saturday, December 10 - Men's Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Ellers Restaurant, 190 Main St., Cherry Valley, $10 each. (Call 508-755-1358 for more info.)
  • Saturday, December 10 - Family Potluck Supper and Fun Night, 6-9 p.m. (More info to come.)
  • Sunday, December 11 - Worship & Sunday School (including pageant rehearsal), 10 a.m. 
  • Sunday, December 11 - Youth Groups Mission Project, 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 - Family Worship & Christmas Pageant, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 13 - Cub/Boy Scout Info & Sign-up Night for HPC's regenerated troops, 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18 - Family Worship Christmas Cantata, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 18 - Youth Groups Meeting, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 25 - MERRY CHRISTMAS! (Please worship at home with your family!)
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 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. (Please enter through the side office door.) Come to find support and sympathetic ear. 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.
HPC Food Pantry
Sunday School dives deep!

​This year's theme is "Diving Deep" 
and classes are using the "Deep Blue" 
curriculum, which includes Bible stories 
presented through engaging, 
age-appropriate activities, music, games, conversations and much more. Our children are learning to live as Christians.

Each 2nd-4th Sunday, children attend worship at 10 a.m. with their parents/guardians until they are excused to go to their classes as follows:
  • Preschool (age 3) - Grade 5 are downstairs studying what we can learn from the story of Noah and the flood.
  • Grades 6-8 are meeting in the Conference Room upstairs and looking at Bible stories that feature faithful women who made a real difference in God's world.

On each first Sunday of the month, the younger students will begin downstairs and take Communion in Sunday School. Grades 6-8 will attend the full worship service in the sanctuary and will not have class.

Team teachers and other volunteers are always needed. Lessons are pre-planned for teachers. Other volunteers help with arts/crafts, music, dance, holidays, pageant costumes/props and publicity. Contact Director of Christian Education Susan Crimer to volunteer or for more information: hadwenparkce@gmail.com.
Attention youth!

Nick and Stephanie are leading the Senior High Youth Group this year 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 are heading up the Junior High Youth Group for 6th-8th graders. Contact them to be on their list. 

Remaining seasonal events for youth include:
  • Sunday, December 11 - Filling Christmas bags for YOU, Inc. residents, 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 - Sunday School Christmas Pageant, 4 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, December 18 - Jr./Sr. High Youth Meeting, 5-7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Keep an eye on our HPC Youth page on Facebook for up-to-date info on youth doings.
Looking ahead:

Sunday, January 22 - Serve lunch at Worcester Fellowship
Sunday, February 12 - Annual Meeting following worship
Calling all who love to sing!

All ages of singers are invited to raise their voices in praise to God. Our choir schedule:
  • Wednesday Singers - Adults who want to sing music that needs some serious preparation - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday Singers - Adults who cannot come Wednesdays, but want to quickly "pick-up" a tune and sing that day - Sundays at 8:45 a.m.
  • Young Singers - Children who will practice for a few weeks and then sing with or without the adult singers - Sundays, 9:30-9:45 a.m. (promptness is paramount!)
The ultimate take-out!

Each year, HPC assembles 50 baskets with a complete Christmas Dinner and gives them to the South Worcester Neighborhood Center for families in need; a few also go to some of our own members with need. 
The cost is paid by donations from members and the various retailers who help us. You can help by donating money (any amount is welcome, but each basket costs $30). Make a check out to HPC with "Christmas Food Basket" in the memo line and mail or bring it to the church or drop it in the offering plate.

You can also help assemble the baskets; come to the church at 8 a.m. on Friday, December 23. It will only take about an hour if there are several hands. Thank you!
Welcome new HPC members!

​Hadwen Park Church welcomed twelve new sisters and brothers in Christ during worship on Sunday, November 13. Among other professions, they are an optician, physician, civil engineer, electrician, biomedical technician, history professor, and library director. They come from our own area as well as from Nigeria, Jamaica, Uganda and Tanzania. All confessed their faith in God, in Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit, and covenanted (promised) to support HPC with their time, talent and financial treasure. Many of them are already sharing their expertise through various committees and missions. We are so enriched by their presence among us!
Cub Scout & Boy Scout Information & Joining Night
Tuesday, December 13 - 6 p.m.
Hadwen Park Congregational Church

HPC is regenerating Boy Scout Troop 22 and Cub Scout Pack 22! Boys aged 11-17 (Scouts) and aged 6-10 (Cubs) and their parents areinvited to come learn more about the year-round program and the fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. 

For more information, contact:
Committee Chairperson Mrs. Rachel Decatur 
Scoutmaster Dr. Richard Howarth 
Come for the fun!

Our Second Family Fun Night will be 
on Saturday, December 10, 6-9 p.m. 
Come at 6:00 for a potluck dinner. The 
movie "The Santa Clause" and games 
start at 7 p.m. Stay just for food or come 
just for games/movie, or stay for both! 

Bring food to share and your favorite board or card games. Come alone or bring the kids or friends! 

Organized by Sarah, Gail, Jacob and Q! Questions? Contact: ssundlussier@gmail.com