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.
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 theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
  • 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.

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 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: 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.
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. 
For more information, contact Minister of Music Anne Arsenault at anne@pianoanne.com.
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 
congregational. The 
joy-filled service was 
sponsored by the 
Growth, Development 
and Stewardship 
Spring Forecast

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 
at Beatitudes

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.

Memory Nails
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.
Congressman speaks 
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!