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.
  • 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 from the link in the calendar at top right, 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.
Lent & Easter Services 
& activities

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, March 7
  • 9:30 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: grades K - 5
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: ages 2-5
  • 11 a.m. - Live Zoom Coffee Hour

Tuesday, March 9
  • 10 a.m. - Live Zoom Ladies Bible Study Care Group. Contact Dorrie Hutchins for access information: rutland385@earthlink.net

Wednesday, March 10
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Food Pantry Open
  • 7 p.m. - Lenten Service on YouTube - “Consider the Lilies” (Luke 12:13-34), led by the Rev. Dr. Sam Young.

Sunday, March 14
  • 9:30 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: grades K - 5
  • 10 a.m. - Pre-recorded Worship on YouTube, Pastor Sarah preaching
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: ages 2-5
  • 11 a.m. - Live Zoom Coffee Hour

Tuesday, March 16
  • 10 a.m. - Live Zoom Ladies Bible Study Care Group. Contact Dorrie Hutchins for access information: rutland385@earthlink.net

Wednesday, March 17
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Food Pantry Open
  • 7 p.m. - Lenten Service on YouTube - “Becoming Someone New” (Matthew 13:45-46), led by Pastor Judy

Sunday, March 21
  • 9:30 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: grades K - 5
  • 10 a.m. - Pre-recorded Worship on YouTube, Pastor Judy preaching
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: ages 2-5
  • 11 a.m. - Live Zoom Coffee Hour

Tuesday, March 23
  • 10 a.m. - Live Zoom Ladies Bible Study Care Group. Contact Dorrie Hutchins for access information: rutland385@earthlink.net

Wednesday, March 24
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Food Pantry Open
  • 7 p.m. - Lenten Service on YouTube - “Shifting Our Gaze” (Mark 9:30-37) Led by the Rev. Dr. Sam Young.

Sunday, March 28 - Palm Sunday
  • 9:30 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: grades K - 5
  • 10 a.m. - Pre-recorded Worship on YouTube, Pastor Judy preaching
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: ages 2-5
  • 11 a.m. - Live Zoom Coffee Hour

Tuesday, March 30
  • 10 a.m. - Live Zoom Ladies Bible Study Care Group. Contact Dorrie Hutchins for access information: rutland385@earthlink.net

Friday, April 2 - Good Friday
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Church Open for Prayer (Wear a mask and keep socially distant from others.)
  • Watch for information on a virtual service as well.

Saturday, April 3 - Holy Saturday
  • 10 a.m. - noon - Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on church grounds

Sunday, April 4 - Easter
  • 6:30 a.m. - In-Person Sunrise Service on church grounds led by Pastor Sarah
  • 9:30 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: grades K - 5 
  • 10 a.m. - Pre-recorded Worship with Communion on YouTube, Pastor Judy preaching
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. - Live Zoom Sunday School: ages 2-5 (tentative)
  • 11 a.m. - Live Zoom Coffee Hour


In response to the January 6, 2021 riot in Washington DC, our pastors wrote to their congregation in support of a more peaceful, positive way to bring about change, ending with this:

"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."
Click here to read the full text of the letter.

Major renovations taking place

The multi-family home in Worcester purchased last year by our LGBT Asylum Task Force is undergoing some major renovations in preparation for its use as home for many of our asylum seekers. Walls are being torn down and others erected to create more suitable bedrooms and common spaces for future residents. (See more about the purchase in this article.)
​Take a Virtual Lenten Journey

Normally, we observe the introspective 40 days (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter - a time known in the Christian year as “Lent” - by gathering on Wednesday evenings for a light supper and then entering a time of quiet, reflective worship. It’s a time that is especially meaningful for us to be together as we prepare ourselves for the betrayal, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus.

This will be our second year when that experience will not be shared in person. But we can individually or as families observe this special time by “attending” worship on YouTube and Sunday School on Zoom, and using the “Where Your Heart Is” devotional materials produced by Illustrated Ministries, LLC, and doing the activities provided in our “Lent in a Bag” packets. The dates and times are at right in our list of activities. Access to the other materials may be had by contacting Pastor Sarah Sund-Lussier at pastorsarahhpc@gmail.com

Luchaine & Rudy say thank you

After the horrific fire on February 12 that destroyed their home and all their possessions and killed three other occupants of their triple-decker, folks at 
Hadwen Park Church 
were among many who 
offered money, 
household goods and 
services to get them 
back on their feet. In 
this video, they express 
their thanks to the HPC 
community for these 
signs of God's love.

If you want to help, you 
may donate through their GoFundMe page.
The HPC Youth Group will be raising funds during March and April to finance a mission project (TBD) that they will carry out later in the spring. Knowing how everyone enjoys gardening - or at least enjoys the fruits of gardening (flowers and vegetables), they have decided to sell flower bulbs, seeds, seed mats and sprouts and vegetable seeds. The Flower Power store is online or you can order with a paper form. 

If you live more than 15 minutes from the church, please use the online form by Saturday, May 1. You will have to pay a $6 shipping fee, but your items will be shipped directly to you. To access the online catalog and order form, visit: http://HadwenParkChurch.fpfundraising.com.

If you live approximately 15 minutes or less from the church (6 Clover Street in Worcester), you may use the paper form available from Pastor Sarah or this link. Those orders are due at the church by Easter (April 4), and will be submitted to the vendor in bulk. The items purchased will be shipped to the church and the Youth Group will deliver to you. To obtain a paper form and catalog, contact Pastor Sarah at pastorsarahhpc@gmail.com. Be aware there may be some things online that do not appear on the paper form.

Early orders will begin to be shipped in April. If you order something that should not be planted until later in the summer or fall, your item(s) will ship closer to planting time. (If the order form asks for your hardiness zone, Massachusetts is in zones 5 and 6.)
Thanks for helping our youth raise the funds they’ll need to serve others in a project as yet to be selected.