Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Wed., 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
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Food Pantry:
Non-perishable items are needed for 
our Food Pantry which is seeing increased 
use this winter.  Please remember the Pantry when doing your grocery shopping.  See our list of needed items.  Bring your donations when you come to worship.  They are an offering of thanks to God.
HPC Youth Missionary
Scrip Fundraiser

“Scrip” is a word that means “substitute money” that you can use at a variety of popular national and local retailers for food, clothing, entertainment, gas, restaurants, etc. You purchase scrip certificates (gift cards) through our program, and our youth missionaries receive a percentage to underwrite their trip to Virginia this summer to rehab houses. You receive full value for the certificates you purchase; the retailer receives cash up front and repeat business. For more information, contact Gail at gsundlussier@aol.com.
Events & Worship this summer!
Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship.  Child Care is provided for infants through 2-year-olds.  Our Church School teachers take a break in the summer, so children worship with their parents. All are welcome!
  • Sunday, July 27 - Youth Missionaries leave EARLY for their week of service in Dinwiddie, VA
  • Sunday, July 27 - Worship, 10 a.m. with guest preacher - our own seminarian Sarah Sund-Lussier
  • Sunday, August 3 - Worship with Holy Communion & Youth Missionaries report, 10 a.m. with guest preacher - our own seminarian Sarah Sund-Lussier
  • Sunday, August 10 - Worship, 10 a.m. with guest preacher, The Rev. Dr. Sam Young
  • Sunday, August 17 - Worship, 10 a.m. with guest preacher, The Rev. Dr. Sam Young
  • Sunday, August 14 - Worship, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 24 - Prepare and serve sandwiches at Worcester Fellowship outdoor service
  • Sunday, August 31 - Worship, 10 a.m.

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
The kids had a ball at
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!
With the theme "Christian Olympics," VBS was held July 14-18 and featured Bible stories, songs, games, crafts and outdoor activities!  Worship with us on July 20 and enjoy an offering by the VBS kids.  Visit our Facebook page for more photos (link above). 
Take me out to the ball game!

That's just what the Youth Missionaries did!  With a portion of their sales going to help fund their trip to Dinwiddie VA this summer, the YMs sold Worcester Bravehearts tickets to HPC members, friends and family.  With the weather being cool and rainy on game day (Friday, the 13th!) it took some brave hearts to come out and watch.  But those who did, had a great time.  And the Bravehearts won 8-1 over the Torrington Titans.  Here are a few highlights.  See our Facebook page for more photos (link above).  
With thanks to our musicians . . .
(including the ones not pictured here) for their extra efforts on Music Sunday, June 15, and for all the time and effort they give throughout the year to enhance our worship with their talent.  You are appreciated!
Four HPC members (count them!) appear in the new video about the Open and Affirming movement, which got its start in Massachusetts!  Watch it at http://vimeo.com/98662691.  
It's glorious summertime!

While many of us go on vacation in the summer, our bills do not.  Please remember to keep your pledge and offerings current so we can continue the programs you enjoy.  Thank you.
Worship celebrated VBS & Youth Missionaries
With songs and puppets, the Vacation Bible School kids led worship on July 20, presenting all they had learned during their week of fun and faith.

The service also included commissioning of our 13 Youth Missionaries and their 4 leaders who will rehab homes for the elderly and disabled in Dinwiddie, VA this summer.  (For more photos, visit our Facebook page - link above.)