Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
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
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.
​Worship & Events 
this season

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship. 
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 theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
  • Sunday, October 30 - Totenfest Service & Sunday School Fall Festival* (see below), 10 a.m. (Preceded by Adult Choir practice, 8:45 a.m.; Children's Choir practice, 9:30 a.m.) Fellowship Hour follows worship, 11 a.m. During this service we remember the "saints" who have passed from this life.
  • Saturday, November 5 - Clean-up of church grounds, 8:30 a.m. (Contact Steve for more information.)
  • Saturday, November 5 - New Member/Inquirers Meeting, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 6 - Worship with Communion & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Preceded by Adult Choir practice, 8:45 a.m.; Children's Choir practice, 9:30 a.m.) Fellowship Hour, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 10 - New Member/Inquirers Meeting, 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 13 - Stewardship & New Member Sunday, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 19 - Youth Group Pie Bake! (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)  Watch for ordering instructions.  Support our youth and have homemade apple pie for Thanksgiving!
  • Sunday, November 20 - Thanksgiving Sunday, 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 23 - Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7 p.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 helps anyone who is struggling

Designed for anyone dealing with an addiction or a compulsion or with any challenge they find hard to overcome (or for those who care about those who are struggling), this group meets every Friday at 7 p.m. in the church conference room. (Please enter through the side office door.) Come to find support and sympathetic ear. Speak if you wish, but know your words will not be repeated outside the group. Find no judgement, no discrimination - only support. Contact the church office for more information: 508.752.7489 or theplaceof grace@aol.com.
HPC Food Pantry
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 what we can learn from the story of Noah and the flood.
  • Grades 6-8 are meeting in the Conference Room upstairs and looking at Bible stories that feature faithful women who made a real difference in God's world.

On each first Sunday of the month, the younger students will begin downstairs and take Communion in Sunday School. 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: hadwenparkce@gmail.com.
Calling all youth!

Nick and Stephanie are leading the Senior High Youth Group this year 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 are heading up the Junior High Youth Group for 6th-8th graders. Contact them to be on their list. 

Coming events for youth include:
  • Sunday, November 6 - Jr./Sr. High Youth Meeting, 5-7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
  • Saturday, November 19 - Baking Apple Pies for fundraiser, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., church kitchen & Fellowship Hall (orders will be taken soon)
  • Sunday, December 4 - All-Church Caroling, 11:30 followed by Youth Christmas Party at Pastor Judy's, approx. 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 - Filling Christmas bags for YOU, Inc. residents, 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 - Sunday School Christmas Pageant, 4 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, December 18 - Jr./Sr. High Youth Meeting, 5-7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Keep an eye on our HPC Youth page on Facebook for up-to-date info on youth doings.
Looking ahead:
  • Saturday, November 26 - Greening of the Church (for Advent/Christmas season), 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 4 (Advent begins) - All-Church Caroling, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 8 - Blue Christmas Service, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 - Christmas Pageant Service, 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18 - Christmas Cantata, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Candlelight Service, 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day - Please worship at home with your family.

Not just for Joiners and Questioners:

​If you are thinking about becoming a member of Hadwen Park Congregational Church, have questions about this family of God or its denomination, have been a member for a while but have some new questions, or just want to meet some folks who might become members, then come to one or all of the following meetings to be held in the Conference Room:
  • Tuesday, October 25, 6 p.m. (done!)
  • Saturday, November 5, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 10, 6 p.m.
Refreshments will be served!

Those who are ready to covenant with this body of Christ (commit to sharing in its responsibilities and opportunities), may formally accept membership on Stewardship/New Member Sunday, November 13. For more information, please contact Pastor Judy.
October 16: A busy fall Sunday!

​Sporting rainbow headbands, several HPC members participated in Worcester's CROP Walk after worship to raise funds to alleviate hunger locally and globally. Sponsored by Church World Service, this annual fall fundraiser is one of hundreds held across the country. Yeah, team HPC - walkers and donors alike!

The Rev. Marilyn Wilcox, chair of the 
Growth, Development & Stewardship 
Committee wears her "money hat" as she 
introduces the 2016 Stewardship Campaign.

Sisters Ayva and Skylar were baptized into 
the Family of God surrounded by their 
parents and godparents. Welcome, sisters 
in Christ!
All ages of singers raised their voices in praise to God. If you would like to sing, too, here's the choir schedule:
  • Wednesday Singers - Adults who want to sing music that needs some serious preparation - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday Singers - Adults who cannot come Wednesdays, but want to quickly "pick-up" a tune and sing that day - Sundays at 8:45 a.m.
  • Young Singers - Children who will practice for a few weeks and then sing with or without the adult singers - Sundays, 9:30-9:45 a.m. (promptness is paramount!)

'Tis the season . . .

. . . when we examine our giving and plan how we will support our church in the coming year. To that end, we heard on Sunday, October 12 from our Growth, Development & Stewardship Committee, individual members and our choir with thoughtful reflections, music and liturgy to inspire us. We are so blessed by their talent and dedication! 

*Sunday School Fall Festival!

Sunday, October 30, during Sunday School
(for age 3 through Grade 8)

  • Pumpkins, games and FUN.
  • Wear your "friendly" Halloween costume (please, no monsters or scary things) or just come as yourself!
  • Come at 9:45 a.m. for Children's Choir practice in the sanctuary (please be prompt), then get your face painted.