Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Wed., Fri.
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
Want more information?
Call or write our church secretary, Betty Jane,
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.
Lent and Easter
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 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sunday, March 26 - BIBLE Sunday - Worship (with a Baptism) & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Preceded by 8:30 Adult Choir practice & 9:30 Youth Choir and followed by 11 a.m. Coffee Hour.) During worship, children in grades 3 and above will receive a Bible to take home and use forever!
- Wednesday, March 29 - Supper (6 p.m.) & Lenten Service (7 p.m.)
- Sunday, April 2 - Worship with Communion & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Preceded by choir practice - 8:30 Wednesday Choir, 9:00 Pick-up Choir, 9:30 Youth Choir and followed by Coffee Hour)
- Sunday, April 2 - Youth Groups meet, 5-7 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 5 - Supper (6 p.m.) & Lenten Service (7 p.m.)
- Sunday, April 9 - Palm Sunday Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Preceded by 8:30 Adult Choir practice & 9:30 Youth Choir and followed by 11 a.m. Coffee Hour)
- Sunday, April 9 - Youth Missionaries fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings in Shrewsbury. (See at left.)
- Thursday, April 13 - Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m.
- Friday, April 14 - Good Friday - Sanctuary open for prayer, 12-3 p.m.
- Saturday, April 15 - Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.
- Sunday, April 16 - Easter Sunrise Service, 5:45 a.m.
- Sunday, April 16 - Easter Worship Service, 10 a.m.
- Sunday, April 23 - 2nd Sunday of Easter - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m.
- Saturday, April 29 - Church Supper (5 p.m.) & All-Church Talent Show (6:30 p.m.) - sponsored by the Christian Education Committee
- Sunday, April 30 - 3rd Sunday of Easter - Worship & Sunday School, 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.
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 the Fruits of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, etc..
- Grades 6-8 are meeting in the Conference Room upstairs and learning what John's Gospel says about hospitality, faith, compassion, discipleship and empathy.
On each first Sunday of the month, the younger students will begin downstairs and come upstairs for Communion. 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: email@example.com.
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.
Calling all who love to sing!
All ages of singers are encouraged to sing in our choirs.
- Children will practice each Sunday 9:30-9:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary for a few weeks and then sing (perhaps with the adult singers) on some Sundays. (Promptness for practice is paramount since their time is so short!)
- Adults have two choices: The Sunday Choir practices a simple, "pick-up" song at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday and sings it that day. Do not be late! The Wednesday Choir practices more complex pieces each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. AND each Sunday morning at 8:30. They present an anthem each Sunday.
Dixieland, Gospel and so much more!
Worship on Sunday,
February 19, featured
the alto sax of Willie
Sordillo - talented
musician and human
rights activist - along
with our own Pastor
Judy on the piano.
Willie graced us with
meditations in word
and in music and
accompanied all our
singing - choral and
joy-filled service was
sponsored by the
Mark your calendar for these coming events:
Saturday, April 29 - Church Supper & Talent Show to benefit our Youth MIssionaries who will serve in Newark, NY this summer, time TBD
- Sunday, May 14 - Children's Sunday, 10 a.m.
- Sunday, May 21 - Music Sunday, 10 a.m.
Lenten Series looks
Our Wednesday night
Lenten series (to be held on
March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5),
is exploring the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), which reveal God’s sometimes surprising concepts of justice. Led by Sarah Sund-Lussier, a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School and Hadwen Park member, we're looking at what Jesus said to folks in the troubled times in which HE lived and how those words can apply to the troubled times in which WE live.
As always, we share an optional 6 p.m. simple supper downstairs in Fellowship Hall and then move to the Sanctuary upstairs for the 7 p.m. worship service. A basket for free-will donations is available at the supper. All are welcome!
Learn about a simpler
way of living
The Mission & Social Justice Committee
invites you to discover Mark Scandrette's
vision of a life lived free from debt and
needless consumption and rooted in
Christian values by reading and discussing his book, Free. If you weren't able to make the initial meeting on March 5 when discussion groups were formed, contact Susanna to learn how to get a copy of the book and join a group.
Support our Youth Missionaries!
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 in Newark Valley, NY with 4 HPC youth and 3 advisors. All missionaries will give a week of their summer vacation to this important service. To make this happen, the group must raise its own expenses. To that end, several fundraisers will be held this spring.Watch here for news of those events.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Go to Bufflao Wild Wings (476 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury) on Sunday, April 9, present a certificate (download here), and 20% of your purchase will be donated to our cause. Bring your friends - but everyone must present the certificate.
Another fundraiser currently underway is the sale of Memory Nails in honor or memory of your loved ones. Just fill out the form on the table in the Sanctuary near the door to the office wing, enclose a donation for each nail, and place it in the basket on the table. The name(s) of the person(s) you honor/memorialize will be remembered as the nail(s) are used in the Youth Missionaries' rehab projects in Newark Valley this summer.
to LGBT immigrants
to assuage their fears
We are grateful to U.S. Rep. Jim
McGovern who took time Monday
night to visit with LGBT asylum
seekers at Hadwen Park Church.
Mr. McGovern said he is proud
that LGBT asylum seekers are
part of his district, affirmed the
power of storytelling, and reminded
each of us of our responsibility to
stand up to those who would
denigrate the lives of others.
This event was hosted by the
LGBT Asylum Support Task
Force. (Visit their website to donate
toward their important work or to learn more.)
On Sunday, March 5, the Scoutmaster and members of Boy Scout Troop 22 displayed their new troop flag purchased with funds donated during fellow-
ship hours they hosted for us. Note it carries our name as their sponsoring organization!