Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603  | 508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9 am - 2 pm  |  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
Want more information?  
Call or write our church secretary, Sharon, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgracehadwen@aol.com.
Advent & Christmas 
Worship & Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m.  
All are welcome! 
  • Mid-September thru late-May: Children aged 3 - grade 8 attend Sunday School classes during worship. Late-May thru mid-September, children attend worship with their families and are invited to Children’s Church during the sermon for stories and activities. 
  • Throughout the year, a time for fellowship and refreshments is held downstairs after worship. 
Look for more information on the events below either here or on our Facebook page or contact the church office.
  • Thursday, December 5 - Blue Christmas Service, 7 p.m. (See details at left.)
  • Saturday, December 7 - Scout Holiday Fair & Wreath Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at HPC.
  • Saturday, December 7 - Bible 101, 4 p.m. (See details on this page.)
  • Sunday, December 8 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, December 8 - All-Church Caroling to our Homebound, 11:30 a.m. to end.
  • Monday, December 9 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Community Dinner, 6 p.m. All are welcome! Free. (See details on this page.)
  • Saturday, December 14 - Bible 101, 4 p.m. (See details on this page.)
  • Sunday, December 15 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m. Sr. Youth meet at 11 a.m.)
  • Sunday, December 15 - Christmas Pageant, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 21 - Bible 101, 4 p.m. (See details on this page.)
  • Sunday, December 22 - Christmas Music Service, 10 a.m. (Family worship; no Sunday School. Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, December 22 - Youth Cookie Hop, 11 a.m. (Get your Christmas cookies here!)
  • Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Carol Sing, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 29 - Family Worship (no Sunday School), 10 a.m. Preacher: The Rev. Sarah Sund-Lussier
  • Tuesday, December 31 - Worcester CROP Walk for Hunger
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 ($30/2 vases, $15/1 vase) in the inbox outside the church 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.
Help the HPC Food Pantry 
feed hungry neighbors!

  • Donations:  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. Or write a check to HPC with "Food Pantry" in the memo line and put it in the offering plate.  Think of it as an offering of thanks to God.
  • Volunteering:  Are you available on Mondays or Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.? Sign up for a day to staff the Pantry. See a description of the need and instructions for signing up on the Food Pantry Page
Save these dates:

Sunday, January 19 - Youth Group Hot Dog Fundraiser, 11 a.m.
Sunday, February 2 - Super Bowl of Chili Sale, 11 a.m. (Don't forget to order yours to benefit the Youth Missions group!)
Wednesday, February 26 - Ash Wednesday Service, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 5 - Youth Missions Pancake Breakfast
Thursday, April 9 - Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 - Spaghetti Supper & Talent Show, 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 - Children's Sunday Service, 10 a.m.
Sunday, May 31 - Pentecost & Confirmation Sunday, 10 a.m.
Monday - Friday, July 13-17 - Vacation Bible School
Sunday - Saturday, July 19-25 - Youth Mission Trip (Rochester, NY)
Christmas is coming!

And with it, our annual collection to buy food for the 50 or so baskets with everything needed for a Christmas feast that we give to needy families in our area. The food in each basket costs approximately $30. Your check in any amount will help us help others. Make checks out to Hadwen Park Church with "Christmas Baskets" in the memo line and drop it in the offering plate on Sunday or mail to the church office. If you are free on Friday, December 21, 8-9 a.m., come to the church to help fill the baskets. And, thank you!

Below: The crew that assembled the 50 baskets given at Thanksgiving. Bless you all!
Welcome to our new members!

On October 27, New Member Sunday, 15 people (2 in absentia) joined our family of faith. From just around the corner and from halfway around the world they came seeking a community of believers who strive for justice and embrace diversity. The service included readings by confirmands, the testimony of an asylum seeker, a sermon and prayers by our pastor, choral music, and enthusiasm from the congregation. It closed with hugs, handshakes, and cake and coffee downstairs. We are blessed and enriched by the presence of these new brothers and sisters.
Need a refresher course?
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 
-Psalm 119:105
Join us to discuss the Bible and how we as progressive Christians study and read our sacred text. Bring your doubts and questions to the table.This six-week series called “HPC Bible 101” meets on Saturdays 4-5:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at HPC. Co-led by Pastor Sarah and Pastor Judy, the sessions will ibe held on November 16, 23, 30 and December 7, 14, 21. All are welcome.
Baptism brings smiles

The Rodwell family was all smiles as they brought their infant daughter to be baptized on Sunday, November 17. 

Welcome, little one, to the Christian faith and your new church family!
Scout Holiday Fair & Wreath Sale
Saturday, December 7  -  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hadwen Park Church Fellowship Hall
Help our Scout Troop 22 & Pack 22 cover the costs of their camp-outs, other experiences and supplies by patronizing this sale.
  • Balsam Fir Wreaths (22" diameter) - plain $15; with red bow $20
Local crafters selling:
  • Jewelry
  • Italian pastries
  • Crocheted hats, shawls, headbands
  • Handmade wreath bows & holiday decorations
  • Alternative gifts
​Snacks available:
  • Fresh-baked potato bar with all the fixings
  • Gourmet S'mores roasted on our campfire
Not in the mood for 
all the gaiety?

Sometimes the holidays are hard 
and we just don't feel the joy. It could 
be the loss of a job or a loved one or 
a health struggle that makes it hard to find God in all the hustle and bustle and commercialism.

Come and privately acknowledge your sadness or concerns at a special "Blue Christmas" Service on Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. If you like, bring a symbol of your grief or pain (a candle in a holder, a photo, a keepsake). Receive a blessing in this quiet service.
Our Scouts advertised their holiday fair on a recent Sunday morning.
Want to sing for the holidays?

The Choir Loft is filling up, but a few more seats are available. Show up on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 to learn the songs they'll offer to God during the Advent/Christmas season. And be prepared to rehearse on Sunday mornings at 9:00, too. Did you know that singing in a choir is really good for your mental and physical health? Come get healthy with us!
Confirmands retreat with their peers

The young people in our Confirmation Class recently spent an overnight at the UCC retreat and conference center in Craigville on the Cape. They joined confirmands from other Mass. UCC churches for this educational, spiritual and social event. Lots of fun.
1st Advent Sunday embodies HOPE

On December 1, we celebrated hope - our hope for salvation through the coming Christ Child and the hope brought to many through AIDS Project Worcester (it was also World AIDS Day). We also celebrated the 300th anniversary of the writing by Isaac Watts of "Joy to the World!" 

Left below: Trish Price, director of program services at APW, lights the first advent Candle. Right: Carla Whitlow, director of client service, gave personal testimony to the saving grace of God and her experience as first a client, then a staff member of APW.
Inclement weather?  Check your email and our Facebook page for announcement of cancellations.