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.
Season of Pentecost 
Worship and 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 - 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.) In the summer, there is special programming for children - see below. 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.
  • Sunday, June 18 - Worship & Children's Church, 10 a.m. Guest preacher: The Rev. Marilyn Wilcox. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, June 25 - Worship & Children's Church, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, July 2 - Worship with Communion & Children's Church, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, July 9 - Youth Missionaries depart in the wee hours for a week of rehabbing homes for elderly or disabled people who might otherwise lose their homes because of code violations.
  • Sunday, July 9 - Worship with Communion, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Saturday, July 15 - Mid-Summer All-Church Picnic at Buffumville Pond, Charlton MA sponsored by the Health & Wellness Committee (More information coming soon.)
  • Saturday, July 15 - Youth Missionaries return
  • Sunday, July 16 - Worship & Children's Church, 10 a.m. Guest preacher: The Rev. Dr. Sam Young
  • Friday, July 21 - Decorating for Vacation Bible School, 6-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 23 - Worship & 1st VBS session, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, July 23 - Worship & 1st VBS session, 10 a.m. (All-ages Pick-up Choir, 9 a.m.)
  • Monday, July 24 thru Wednesday, July 26 - Vacation Bible School continues, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (See more below.)
  • Sunday, July 30 - Worship & Children's Church, 10 a.m.
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 open to anyone who is struggling

Do you have a problem with alcohol, drugs, over-eating, gambling, or another addiction or compulsion? Are you in recovery, struggling, hoping to get there? Or are you just in need of some moral support for any reason?

Stop by HPC’s upstairs conference room ANY Friday night between 7-8 p.m. for a cup of coffee and some informal conversation. Please enter through the side “office” door.

There is no membership, no dues, and no obligation to come every week—just when you can. What is said during each gathering is held in confidence within the group.

Contact the church office for more information: 508.752.7489 or theplaceof grace@aol.com.
HPC Food Pantry
Summer Children's Activities

​Our regular Church School classes may be ending on Children Sunday, May 14, but that doesn't mean there is no reason for the kids to come to church until September!

Children's Church
In the summer, children age 3 
through grade 5 are invited 
to enjoy faith formation activities 
during the sermon time at the 
10 a.m. worship service. They are 
encouraged to come in casual 
clothing for playing, singing and 
maybe getting a little wet and dirty!

Vacation Bible School
Beginning Sunday, July 23, during worship and continuing 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the next three days (July 24-26) kids aged 3 through grade 8 are invited to a "Cave Quest!" The older kids (grades 6-8) will shepherd the younger ones in all the usual, fun VBS activities - games, music, Bible stories, outdoor fun and snacks. 

Adult and teen volunteers are needed to help make all this happen. For more information or to volunteer, contact our director of Christian education - Susan Crimer at hadwenparkce@gmail.com.
Attention youth!

Nick and Stephanie lead the Senior High Youth Group 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 head up the Junior High Youth Group for 5th-8th graders. Contact them to be on their list for when the groups begin again next fall. 

Keep an eye on our HPC Youth page on Facebook for up-to-date info on youth doings.
Youth heading off soon on a mission!

For the sixth year, HPC will send members of its Youth Group and adult advisors on a mission trip to repair homes for elderly, low-income and disabled people. This year’s work will take place July 9-15 in Newark Valley, NY with 4 HPC youth and 3 advisors on our team. All missionaries will give a week of their summer vacation to this important service. To make this happen, the group has raised its own expenses through several fundraisers. Each Sunday, gifts cards at a wide-range of businesses are for sale during coffee hour. A portion of each sale goes to finance the trip. Stop buy and buy what you need each week.
Give singing a try this summer!

If you ever considered singing in a church choir, but weren't sure if you could carry a tune, read music or wanted to spend time that way, now is your chance to test the waters.

With very little commitment and no obligation to continue in the fall, you can sing with the "A+ Pick-up Choir" on one Sunday or all Sundays this summer - your choice. Just show up in the choir loft at 9 a.m., learn a song or two with like-minded folks and sing it that day during worship. If you enjoy it, come back for more! AND, children are welcome! (A+ = All Ages and Abilities)

The A+ Pick-up Choir begins on May 28 and runs through September 3. For more information, contact Minister of Music Anne Arsenault at anne@pianoanne.com.
Looking ahead . . .
  • Monday, September 4 - All-Church Labor Day Picnic, Charlton Reservoir, noon to when the last car leaves
  • Sunday, September 10 - Rally Day: Register your child for Sunday School
  • Sunday, September 17 - Sunday School begins, 10 a.m.

Mark these dates on your calendar and watch for more information.​
Music lifted us!

Our Choir (Wednesday singers, Sunday singers and Kids Choir) and our Minister of Music planned and led the service today, Music Ministry Sunday (May 21). They shared readings, prayers and their own words about the importance of music and its impact on corporate worship and the spiritual lives of individuals. This was demonstrated through anthems, responses and hymns - all specially selected because of their meaning to choir members or members of the congregation. Anne Arsenault, our Minister of Music, delivered the sermon, sharing her own story of how music has been integral to her spiritual journey, brought her to this church, and helped her make sense out of a difficult situation. We are truly blessed by these generous musicians for sharing their talent and heart-felt thoughts with us.
Dedication of life-saving machine and a young life

The service on May 28 began with the dedication of our new defibrillator, given in memory of our beloved parish nurse (the late Jan MacMillan), and the dedication through baptism of 8-year-old Karsyn. It continued with anthems by our A+ Pick-up Choir, a children’s message by our director of Christian education, a sermon by Pastor Judith Hanlon, and the offerings of prayer and monetary gifts.
See more photos on our 
Facebook page.
PENTECOST!

Red, like the tongues of fire that rested on the heads of Jesus' disciples, was the color of the day. The Christian scriptures tell us that 3000 people became followers of Christ on the day when the Holy Spirit descended. At HPC, nine people joined this local family of faith. (Welcome, new members!) Our Summer Pick-up Choir sang and we celebrated Communion. In "Children's Church," the kids enjoyed making tongues of flame headgear. 
Roller-Skating was a hit - as always

While the photo may not be stunningly clear, it was very clear that HPC members and friends who came to the rink the evening of June 11 had a great time. The annual event was sponsored by the Christian Education Committee.
A Sacrament was celebrated on June 11!

Ayla wanted her baptism to be a celebration - a day to be born into the family of God. Her family decorated the church, congregants brought food pantry gifts at her request, the choir sang, the pastor read the creation story to the kids, the kids sang and danced. Welcome, Ayla. Call on your church family if you need love, support or care.
See more photos and a video of the choir on our Facebook page.
Please don't forget to keep your weekly/monthly pledge up to date 
this summer.
You may go on vacation, 
but church expenses do not!
Thank you.