Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
508-752-7489
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
gracelift@aol.com
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.
Eastertide 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 - mid-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.) In the summer, there is special programming for children - see below. 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.
  • Saturday, April 29 - Church Supper (5 p.m.) & All-Church Talent Show (6 p.m.) - sponsored by the Christian Education Committee & Youth Missionaries. YOUR TALENT IS NEEDED! Sign up with Susan Crimer to sing, present a skit, dance, tell a joke or otherwise provide good, clean fun! (See ad at left.)
  • Sunday, April 30 - 3rd Sunday of Easter - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (8:45 Choir practice; 9:30 Kids Choir practice)
  • Sunday, May 7 - 4th Sunday of Easter - Worship with Communion & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (8:45 Choir practice; 9:30 Kids Choir practice)
  • Sunday, May 7 - Youth Groups, 5-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 - New Member Class, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 14 - 5th Sunday of Easter & Children's Day Worship, 10 a.m. (9 a.m. Kids Choir practice)
  • Thursday, May 18 - New Member Class, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday May 21 - 6th Sunday of Easter & Music Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.; Families worship together (8:30 Choir practice; 9 a.m. Kids Choir practice)
  • Sunday, May 21 - Youth Groups, 5-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23 - New Member Class, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 28 - 7th Sunday of Easter Worship & start of Summer Children's Church, 10 a.m. (9 a.m. Pick-up Choir
  • Sunday, May 28 - Worcester Fellowship, 12 noon, Worcester Common
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.

Contact the church office for more information: 508.752.7489 or theplaceof grace@aol.com.
HPC Food Pantry
Summer Children's Activities

​Our regular Church School classes may be ending on Children Sunday, May 14, but that doesn't mean there is no reason for the kids to come to church until September!

Children's Church
Beginning Sunday, May 28, children 
aged 3 through grade 5 are invited 
to enjoy faith formation activities 
while their parents/guardians attend 
worship at 10 a.m. They are 
encouraged to come in casual 
clothing for playing, singing and 
maybe getting a little wet and dirty!

Vacation Bible School
Beginning Sunday, July 23, during worship and continuing 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the next three days (July 24-26) kids aged 3-grade 8 are invited to a "Cave Quest!" The older kids (grades 6-8) will shepherd the younger ones in all the usual fun VBS activities - games, music, Bible stories, outdoor fun and snacks. 

Adult and teen volunteers are needed to help make all this happen. For more information or to volunteer, contact our director of Christian education - Susan Crimer at hadwenparkce@gmail.com.
Attention youth!

Nick 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. 

Keep an eye on our HPC Youth page on Facebook for up-to-date info on youth doings.
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 July 9-15 in Newark Valley, NY with 4 HPC youth and 3 advisors on our team. 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.
​Extravagant Easter!

Easter services were full of flowers, music and faithful people. Welcome to all who came for the first time, to those who came back after a long time, and to those who come all the time!
Early Easter!

​Hearty souls came out at 5:45 a.m. to welcome the resurrected Christ in a service led by Pastor Sarah that went from dark to light.
Give singing a try this summer!

If you ever considered singing in a church choir, but weren't sure if you could carry a tune, read music or wanted to spend time that way, now is your chance to test the waters.

With very little commitment and no obligation to continue in the fall, you can sing with the "Pick-up Choir" on one Sunday or all Sundays this summer - your choice. Just show up in the choir loft at 9 a.m., learn a song or two with like-minded folks and sing it that day during worship. If you enjoy it, come back for more!

The Pick-up Choir begins on May 28 and runs through August. For more information, contact Minister of Music Anne Arsenault at anne@pianoanne.com.
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Considering HPC membership? 
Here’s all you need to know:

Seekers & Joiners Classes
  • Saturday, May 13 - 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 18 - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23 - 7 p.m.

Learn about our denomination, the United Church of Christ, its history and beliefs; about our own church, its history and organization (stewardship, committees, etc.); about our pastor. Tour the church. Meet others on a similar spiritual journey. Meet current members. Eat. Laugh. Pray.

Please plan to come to at least two sessions. Depending on the number of attendees, meetings will be held in Fellowship Hall or in the Conference Room. Those who are currently members of another church, should plan to ask that church for a letter of transfer. 

The spring class of new members will join the HPC fellowship on Pentecost, June 4. A reception to meet new members will be held at Pastor Judy’s home at 4 p.m. that afternoon.

Questions: Contact Pastor Judy at gracelift@aol.com or 508.853.8852.