Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., 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
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.
Worship & Events 
at HPC during Lent 
& Holy Week 

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship and Church School. Child Care is provided for infants through 2-year-olds. A time for fellowship and refreshments follows Sunday worship at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

  • Wednesday, February 25 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m.; Midweek Lenten Worship Service, 7 p.m.  All are welcome!
  • Sunday, March 1 - Worship (with Communion) & Church School, 10 a.m.; Church Camp Information Session following worship (see at left)
  • Wednesday, March 4 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m.; Midweek Lenten Worship Service, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 8 - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 8 - All-Church Roller Skating Party, 5-7 p.m., Skylite Rink, Worcester (sponsored by the Christian Education Committee)
  • Wednesday, March 11 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m.; Midweek Lenten Worship Service, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 12 - GDS Open House, 6 p.m. (see at left)
  • Sunday, March 15 - Worship (with a Baptism & Justice Cameo on Climate Change - see at left) & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m.; Midweek Lenten Worship Service, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 20 - Saturday, March 21 - Confirmation Retreat
  • Sunday, March 22 - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m.; Midweek Lenten Worship Service, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29 - Palm Sunday: Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 2 - Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 4 - Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. (sponsored by the Christian Education Committee)
  • Sunday, April 5 - Easter Service, 10 a.m. (There will be no Church School classes or coffee hour this Sunday.)

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.

Summer IS coming!

If cold, snow and ice are not your cup of tea, picture yourself sipping a Lime Rickey sitting in a rocker on a porch overlooking a small harbor where sun-dappled sailboats breeze in and out. Warm yourself up by thinking about a few days or a week at one of the United Church of Christ’s most beautiful summer retreat/conference centers - Star Island.

Ten miles out from Portsmouth NH (a 50-min. ferry ride) lie the Isles of Shoals - nine small, rocky islands, one of which is Star Island where religious retreats and conferences have been held since the early 1900s. Owned and operated by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association, there are two weeks and one weekend specifically planned for UCC members. Here are this year’s UCC events:

  • Star Gathering 1 Family Conference - Sat., August 1 - Sat., August 8
"Spirituality and Recovery" led by the Rev. Emily Heath; worship led by the Rev. Dr. Adam Herlson; separate activities for children

  • Star Gathering 1 Youth Conference - Sat., August 1 - Sat., August 8
“What is Holy to You?” led by David Clark for youth entering grades 9-13 (high school graduates)

  • Star Gathering 2 Family Conference - Sat., August 8 - Sat., August 15
"Race and Religion" led by Prof. Warren Goldstein; worship by the Rev. Donna Schaper; separate activities for children

  • Star Gathering 2 Youth Conference - Sat., August 8 - Sat., August 15
“Adulthood in the 21st Century: Stars or Islands?” led by the Rev. Brian Gruhn for youth entering grades 9-13 (high school graduates)

  • Laity Family Weekend (Labor Day Weekend) - Fri., September 4 or Sat., September 5 to Mon., September 7
"Spiritual Approach to Personal Wellness" led by the Rev. Robert Fellows; separate activities for young people

Many other activities are offered in addition to the speakers’ programs; conferees may opt in or out of any of them. You can choose to get heavily involved or do nothing but eat and sleep. The food is terrific and the beds are comfy. First-timers are offered a 30% discount on room and board. Financial aid for those who need it is available by application to the Star Island UCC Board. Full information on programming, speakers, costs and much more is available at www.starisland.org. Or contact Sam or Cindy at cynsam@charter.net.

Some familiar 
visit Star Island and
try out the porch

Morning wake-up
singers serenade
in a cottage,
foretell the day's
events and list the breakfast menu.  Coffee is always available on the porch beginning at 7 a.m. Ahh!

Teens gather for an impromptu jam session on the front porch.
The season of Lent 
is the 40 weekdays from Ash
Wednesday to Easter and is 
observed by churches as 
a period of penitence and fasting.

At Hadwen Park, we use the time to reflect more seriously on our faith and practice, guided by a theme.  In 2015 our theme is "Giving It Up for Lent."  Each week, we focus on something we could put aside: control, expectations, superiority, enemies, our lives, popularity (Palm Sunday) and death (Easter).

Our Lenten Journey, which began with our Ash Wednesday Service, includes Sunday services, and midweek suppers and worship services.  The journey culminates with Holy Week services (on Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday) and climaxes triumphantly with our Easter Sunday Service (see specifics at right).  Come reflect with us.  All are welcome.
Feeling strong and sure-footed?

Members of our Property Committee and other church members have generously donated many hours of late to keeping our parking lot and walkways clear of mountains of snow. They are, quite understandably, getting tired. If you have some time, a strong back and feel safe on the snow/ice, feel free to come to the church at any time (but especially after a storm) and clear a little snow. We will all really appreciate it!
Be part of the mission by honoring a loved one.

When our Youth Missionaries are rehabbing homes for the elderly, disabled or economically challenged this summer in Scranton PA, they’ll leave behind symbols of your love for special people in your life. They’ll use “Memory Nails” to repair roofs, ramps and other home parts. Those nails, donated by church members and friends and designated in honor or memory of a loved one, will receive prayer and loving care by the young people and their adult leaders. You may purchase a nail (or more) for $5 (or more!) by filling out a form found on the display by the door from the Sanctuary to the Fellowship Hall stairs and leaving it with your check in the basket provided.
Give flowers in honor or 
memory of a loved one.

Each Sunday, our Communion Table is graced with flowers or plants provided in memory or celebration of people or events. A large, colorful poster on the Narthex bulletin board lists all Sundays of the year with space for you to write your name if you would like to donate flowers for one or more Sundays.  

You can have the church order the flowers by filling out a form, writing a check, and putting both in one of the envelopes tacked to the bulletin board and then leaving the envelop in the church office. Or, you can fill out the form and note on it that you will bring your own arrangement (or plant) to the church by 9:30 a.m. on the appointed Sunday. Your name and the name of the person(s) or event being remembered will appear in the bulletin on that Sunday.
Kids can learn a lot 
at church camp!

A week at church camp has often been 
a life-changing, character-building 
experience for young people.  

Kids going into grades 4-12 next September and their parents are invited to an information session about the summer programs held at Silver Lake Camp & Conference Center in Sharon, CT and on Star Island off the coast of Portsmouth, NH. Bring your questions to the conference room after worship on Sunday, March 1. Liz, our HPC camp coordinator, will describe the programs. If you can’t come, contact her at lizmur40@aol.com

Information about the Star Island youth offerings is also below. In addition, information on all New England UCC camps and conference centers is available at www.uccnecamps.org.

Have questions or ideas?
  • about church growth and/or the pledge campaign?
  • church membership?
  • our congregation’s health?

Come to an OPEN HOUSE sponsored by the Growth, Development & Stewardship Committee:
Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m.

There will be food and fellowship. Bring your hopes and dreams.

Justice Cameos 
debut in March

The Mission & Social Justice Committee 
will present monthly 3-4 minute talks 
during worship about the “isms” that 
separate “them” from “us.” The presenters 
will stay after worship for coffee and 
discussion in the Conference Room. The first three cameos are below. Future topics will include racism and bullying. Join us.
  • March 15 - Patrick Cage, Environmental intern at the Mass. Conf., United Church of Christ, will speak on climate change.
  • April 12 - Jacqueline, an LGBT asylum seeker who worships with us regularly, will tell her story. Lanny will reflect on what he has learned from this new friend.
  • April 26 - Warren Hicks, director of Worcester Fellowship, will tell how “isms” affect the homeless population.

WAMS offers two programs for youth (and adults)

The Worcester Area Mission Society invites youth (aged 13 and up) and interested adults to two experiential learning events this spring:
  • Saturday, March 28 - Kingian (MLK) Conflict Resolution Training: Free, daylong event with role-laying and creative activities 
  • Friday-Sunday, April 10-11 - ReachOut Worcester: Learning about homelessness from those who have experienced it, including a prayerful walk through Worcester at night, offering aid to people in need. Cost: $25.

To learn more, go to www.wamsworks.org. If you are interested, act NOW. Contact Karen at tealover54@yahoo.com or Pastor Judy at gracelift@aol.com

Practice your dance steps 
or magic tricks!

The annual HPC Talent Show hosted by the 
Christian Education Committee is coming up 
on Saturday, April 18. Preceded this year by a dinner prepared by the Youth Missionaries, the show is open to any family-friendly act - choral, dramatic, comedic, etc. So round up your family or friends, plan an act and sign up to strut your stuff by contacting Joanne at stpierre35@charter.net.  Proceeds from the show will help send our kids to church camp this summer.  Watch for more information to come.

EMERGENCY CANCELLATIONS:  If bad weather or other emergencies force us to cancel or postpone services or other events, the notice will be listed on WCVB-TV 5.  We will also endeavor to post it on this page and on our Facebook page.  An email will be sent to those on our regular mailing list.