Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Wed., Fri.
HomeWho We AreWhat We BelieveWhat We DoWhere We AreJoin Us!

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
Want more information?  
Call or write our church secretary, Betty Jane, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
Food Pantry:

Non-perishable items are needed for 
our Food Pantry.  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.
Gift Idea: Buy Gift Cards 
to benefit our Youth 

“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 annual summer trips to rehab houses for the elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged. 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.
Summer Worship & 
Events & a lot more!

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship. Child Care facilities are available for infants through 2-year-olds. A time for fellowship and refreshments follows at 11 a.m. All are welcome.
  • Sunday, July 5 - Family Worship with Communion, 10 a.m. (Come at 9 a.m. and sing in the pick-up choir.)
  • Sunday, July 12 - New Member Sunday with Baptism, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, July 12 - Bravehearts Game for Central Assoc., UCC, 5 p.m.  (See more below.)
  • Sunday, July 19 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (Come at 9 a.m. and sing in the pick-up choir.)
  • Sunday, July 26 - Family Worship, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 2 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (Come at 9 a.m. and sing in the pick-up choir.)
  • Monday-Friday, August 3-7 - VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL  (Watch for details. Mark your calendar.  Please volunteer to help lead - all kinds of help needed!)
  • Sunday, August 9 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. Guest preacher: The Rev. Marilyn Wilcox
  • Sunday, August 16 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. Guest preacher: Sarah Sund-Lusier, our own seminarian!
  • Sunday, August 23 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. Guest preacher: The Rev. Dr. Sam Young
  • Sunday, August 30 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (Come at 9 a.m. and sing in the pick-up choir.)

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.

Justice Cameos 

The Mission & Social Justice Committee 
is presenting 3-4 minute talks during 
worship about various “isms” that 
separate “them” from “us.” The presenters 
stay after worship for coffee and 
discussion in the Conference Room. The first three cameos were on divesting from fossil fuel investment, LGBT asylum work, and the Worcester Fellowship UCC/the homeless.  The next cameo and discussion will be on September 27 and will highlight the transgender journey. Join us.

Looking for a meaningful experience this summer?

If you are a young person, consider attending a church camp.  If you are a teen, an adult, a couple, or a family with young children, think about Star Island.  See more on our Summer Opportunities page.
Planting the Seeds Update

The Growth, Development & Stewardship Committee is raising funds to hire a Christian Education Director. The campaign kicked off on April 26. Members are asked to raise their regular, weekly pledge amount by at least $5 per week. As each $500 is raised, we add a flower to the chart on the wall to the left of the pulpit. (Outright donations are also welcome from anyone.) The garden is growing, but we could use more flowers to reach our goal for this fall: $8,000 for a part-time director. 

If you have not turned in your pledge card for the “Planting the 
Seeds” effort, please do so as soon as possible. (If you need a 
pledge card, they are available in the Narthex.)  Progress reports will be made periodically. 
Please help plant the seeds 
of faith in our young people 
by pledging generously.  
And watch our progress 
on the wall. 

Take me out to the 
Sunday, July 12 - 5 p.m.

Join members of the Central Association, United Church of Christ, at a Worcester Bravehearts game. Bring the whole family - especially the kids! The Central Association will be displayed on the scoreboard and mentioned over the PA system. (Maybe we can even have HPC announced as well!) The Bravehearts play at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College Street, Worcester MA. Tickets are $4 per person. Contact the association office (central@macucc.org) for tickets and more information or contact Marilyn Wilcox at rev.mewilcox@gmail.com.

Looking ahead . . .

  • Saturday, September 12 - Worcester Pride Parade (HPC will participate - walk with us!)
  • Sunday, September 13 - Worship & Church School Rally Day, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 13 - All-Church Picnic, 1 p.m. to evening, Salem Covenant Camp, Charlton Reservoir. (Note this event has been moved from Labor Day to Rally Day.)
  • Sunday, September 27 - Justice Cameo during worship and discussion after on the transgender journey
  • Sunday, October 4 - Fire Prevention & Safety Forum, 11:30 a.m. - Lt. Annmarie Pickett of the Worcester Fire Dept., presenter. (Sponsored by the Health & Wellness Committee)
  • Sunday, December 13 - Church School Christmas Pageant, 3 p.m.
Our kids helped us praise the Lord!

Our children led us in worship on June 7 - Church School Sunday! Brynna processed down the aisle on the specially equipped cycle won for her through the support of many church members. Roxy, Jack, Ashley and several other children read scripture and prayers. Kaiden's fundraiser for the Youth Missionaries was celebrated. The Youth Missionaries and their advisors danced. The combined children's and adult's choirs sang. Church School leaders were honored. Fr. Musala, visiting from Uganda, sang. Pastor Judy and Dr. Dawn celebrated communion. Andrea and the Rev. Marilyn spoke up for the "Planting the Seeds" stewardship campaign. We all sang and prayed and clapped. Well done, good and faithful servants!  (See more photos on our Facebook page.)
It was a beautiful day for a Baptism!

On June 14, parents Brad and Cori and big sister Ella brought baby brother Patrick Charles to Hadwen Park to be baptized into the Christian faith and the family of God.  Welcome, brother Patrick!The church was especially festive, garlanded with white ribbon - the liturgical color for the sacraments.  

And, for a wedding!  After worship, Nick and Stephanie exchanged vows in a noontime ceremony.  It was a very joyous and sacred day at HPC!

We celebrated Music and Missionaries!

Worship on Sunday, June 21 was anything but humdrum.  Instrumental music and choir accompaniment were performed by world-renowned organist Mark Thallander and our own Minister of Music Anne Arsenault, who also conducted the choir. The 16 youth and adults heading for Scranton PA on June 28 for a week of mission work were commissioned with prayer and the laying on of hands. Our memory nails were dedicated. The nails will be used by the missionaries when they rehab homes for the elderly and disabled; each person memorialized or honored by a nail will be remembered.   
Bright and Early!

Activities at HPC started early on the last Sunday of June. A dozen youth and four advisors left from the church parking lot at 8 a.m. bound for Scranton PA where they will spend a week bringing homes up to code for those who could not otherwise afford the repairs.  During the week, our members will use Memory Nails provided by other members to honor or remember a loved one as our missionaries build ramps, repair roofs and fences, replace eave troughs, fix floors, etc. for elderly, disabled and economically challenged residents.  Each evening, they will socialize and study with hundreds of other Christian youth and adults from all over the country.  We look forward to their return and to hearing compelling stories of discovery and inner growth.  June 28 also saw six kids step up and awe us as that Sunday's Pick-up Choir.  And, sadly, we heard Wesley say farewell and thanks.  Cheer up.  He says he'll come back and visit often.