Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Tues., Thurs.
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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.
Spring Worship 
& Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for 
worship. Nursery care for infants 
through 3-year-olds, staffed by a 
professional child care worker, is available in the nursery just off the sanctuary. Parents may leave their children at 9:45 and must pick them up by 15 minutes after the close of the service. September thru 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.
  • Thursday, May 24 - Balanced Workshop, 6:30 p.m. (See more on this page.)
  • Saturday, May 26 - Yoga for All, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 27 - Trinity Sunday Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir practice, 8:45; Kids Choir, 9:30 - Please be prompt.)
  • Thursday, May 31 - Balanced Workshop, 6:30 p.m. (See more on this page.)
  • Saturday, June 2 - Car Wash by the Youth Groups to benefit our Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Come support our kids and help those with food insecurity.
  • Sunday, June 3 - Worship with Communion, 10 a.m. Preaching: Ordination Candidate Sarah Sund-Lussier. There will be no Sunday School today; children should sit with their families.
  • Thursday, June 7 - Balanced Workshop, 6:30 p.m. (See more below.)
  • Saturday, June 9 - Boston Pride Parade  (Watch for details of our participation.)
  • Saturday, June 9 - Troop/Pack 22 Can Can Drive, 8 a.m. to noon. (Bring redeemable cans and bottles to the church. Consider also bringing nonperishable food items for the HPC Food Pantry.
  • Sunday, June 10 - Music Sunday Worship, 10 a.m. (8:30 Choir Rehearsal; 9:30 Kids Choir practice - Please be prompt.
  • Monday, June 11 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Community Dinner.  (See more on this page.)
  • Thursday, June 14 - Balanced Workshop, 6:30 p.m.  (See more on this page.)
  • Saturday, June 16 - Yoga for All, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 16 - Scout Troop 22 High Tea, 2-4 p.m. Author talk by Audrey Nicholson, Celtic Knots: The Ties that Bind. Tickets: $20.  More information.  
  • Sunday, June 17 - Worship with Children's Church, 10 a.m. (8:45 Choir practice; 9:30 Kids Choir practice - Please be prompt.)  Children will leave halfway thru the service to explore spiritual practices.
  • Sunday, June 24 - Worship with Annie's Farewell, 10 a.m. (8:45 Choir practice; 9:30 Kids Choir practice - Please be prompt.)  A reception will follow the service to bid farewell to our music minister.

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.
HPC Food Pantry
Needs Your Help

  • Donations:  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.  Or write a check to HPC with "Food Pantry" in the memo line and put it in the offering plate.  Think of it as an offering of thanks to God.
  • Volunteering:  Are you available on Mondays or Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.? Sign up for a day to staff the Pantry. See a description of the need and instructions for signing up on the Food Pantry Page
HPC Food Pantry
Looking ahead . . .

Put these dates on your calendar:

  • Saturday, July 21 - Annual HPC Fun Day, beginning at 10 a.m., Buffumville Pond, 229 Oxford Road, Charlton MA (Sponsored by Health & Wellness Committee)
  • Monday, July 23-Friday, July 27 - Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m. to noon each day
  • Sunday, July 28 - Saturday, August 4 - Youth Missions Trip to Imperial, PA
  • Saturday, October 27 - LGBT Task Force Gala, DCU Center Ballroom
Support our Youth Missionaries!

For the eighth year, Hadwen Park youth will give up a week of their summer vacation to serve those in need. In July, they will go to Imperial, PA to repair the homes of elderly, disabled and low-income people. Among other projects, they will paint, repair decks and build wheelchair ramps. This is an important life-changing service for both our youth and the residents they serve. 

You can support them by participating in any of the fundraisers they hold, so watch the church newsletter, Facebook page and this webpage for those events and campaigns. Thank you!
Get Financially Balanced

How to manage your money in God's way and how to apply generosity to your life.

A six-part video series titled "Balanced: Gaining and Maintaining Financial Stability" and a three-part video series on being generous, titled "Crazy Like Us" are being held 6:30-7:15 on Thursdays, thru June 14. (For a description of each of the "Balanced" sessions, click here.)

Learn the steps toward achieving the freedom and contentment that comes with being financially balanced. Each session is based on books by Andy Stanley and is being led by Lori and Michelle Wentworth. 

For more information, send an email to hadwenpark@yahoo.com
Seven young people confirm their faith

On Sunday, May 6, we were privileged to witness Jacob, Bryna, Jack, Jackson, Ben, Madison and Mike confirm their Christian faith, becomme full members of HPC, and use their unique talents and abilities to lead worship. Surrounded by their families, spiritual mentors, friends and church family, they committed themselves to the Christian life and to the support of HPC. Introduced in a musical video they made with Isaac's help, they then sang, read scripture and a children's message, played instruments, preached, and served communion. We welcome and wish Godspeed to the Confirmation Class of 2018 as they continue their faith journeys! (See more photos on our Facebook page.)
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Book Discussion 
Rescheduled

                                 A book discussion sponsored by the Mission 
                                 & Social Justice Committee has been 
                                 rescheduled for Sunday, June 10. (See time 
                                 and place below.) Of The Kindness of 
                                 Strangers, an award-winning novel by 
                                 Katrina Kittle, Amazon.com says “A young 
                                 widow raising two boys, Sarah Laden is struggling to keep her family together. But when a shocking revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another troubled young boy into her already tumultuous life. Jordan, a quiet, reclusive elementary school classmate of Sarah's son Danny, has survived a terrible ordeal. By agreeing to become Jordan's foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed. And as the delicate threads that bind their family begin to unravel, all the Ladens will have to face difficult truths about themselves and one another—and discover the power of love necessary to forgive and to heal.”

Come to the home of Celeste in Oakham on Sunday, June 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m. to hear about this book - whether or not you have read it! Please RSVP to Celeste at cgmethot87@gmail.com to let her know you are coming and get directions.
"And a little child shall lead them . . ."

The children of our Sunday School led worship on Mother's Day, singing, reading the liturgy and a story, singing, collecting prayer requests as band-aids on planet earth, singing, taking up the offering, and singing some more. Christopher and Kelly brought their beautiful baby daughter Madison to be baptized and welcomed into the Christian faith and this church family. Teachers and our Christian education director were recognized for a year of service to our kids. And there was a full house to support kids, parents and teachers.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
A beginning and an ending celebrated on Pentecost!

May 20 was Pentecost Sunday - the day the Holy Spirit blew into the lives of the disciples and our lives and the Christian Church was born. At HPC, several old friends came back and a few new ones also helped us celebrate in word and song and by the wearing of red. Mark Thallandar was at the organ, Annie at the piano. A small, but mighty choir wowed us. Pastor Judy preached it! (Can I hear an "amen"?) We heard praise for BJ, our longtime and now retiring church administrative assistant, and, at the close of worship, blessed her on her way with gifts and a wonderful luncheon.  (See more photos on our Facebook page.)