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.
Fall Worship and Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship. Nursery care for infants through 3-year-olds, staffed by a professional child care worker, is available in the nursery just off the sanctuary. September thru 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.) At 11 a.m., a time for fellowship and refreshments follows worship. All are welcome. Look for more information on the events below either here or on our Facebook page. Or contact the church office at theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
  • Saturday, November 18 - Youth Pie Bake begins, 9 a.m.; All-Church Fall Outdoor Clean-up begins, 9 a.m.; Yoga, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 19 - Thanksgiving Sunday - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (8:45 Choir; 9:30 Kids Choir)
  • Sunday, November 19 - Youth Activities - 11 a.m. Junior Youth Group & Confirmation Class; 1 p.m. Senior Youth Group.
  • Tuesday, November 21 - Thanksgiving Basket Assembly, 8 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 22 - Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 26 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (8:45 Choir; 9:30 Kids Choir)
  • Friday, December 1 - Adult Fellowship Potluck Supper & Program, 6-8:30ish p.m. Watch for more information to come.

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.
Attention youth!

Join one of our youth groups or the fun of it!

Joanne and Michael head up the Junior High Youth Group for 5th-7th graders. They meet 11 a.m. (following worship) until 12:45 p.m. Contact them to be on their list to contact about activities. 

Ralph will lead the Senior High Youth Group for 8th-12th graders beginning at 1 p.m. following the Confirmation Class. If you are interested in joining, please let him know so he can add you to the contact list.

Also, keep an eye on our HPC Youth page on Facebook for up-to-date info on youth doings.
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.
Women's Bible Study group celebrates!

Affectionately known as the B.S. Ladies, this weekly care group recently celebrated one of its members who is finally back on her feet after a year of hard work to recover from a serious car accident. The group meets at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at the church. They welcome new members.
​Practice Yoga at HPC!

Saturday morning sessions at 10 a.m. will be held November 4, 11 & 18 for people of all ages and abilities. Learn the healthful stretching and breathing exercises of Yoga. Join your church family and friends for this gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or rug (approximately 2'x6'). Contact Al for more information. (After a break for the holiday, sessions will resume in January.)
HPC Food Pantry
HPC in the News!

Read what columnist Dianne Williamson had to say about the work of our LGBT Alsylum Task Force in the Sunday, September 10 Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Kids get up close and personal with farm animals

On Sunday, October 15, a dozen HPC youth ventured to Rutland to the Heifer International farm where they learned about other cultures, interacted with the animals that HI sends around the world to relieve hunger and prepared a meal typical of one of the countries represented in the farm's Global Village. 
Making mummies

Among many popular activities at the HPC Halloween Party held on October 28 was the mummy-making contest. But there were many other games and crafts to keep everyone busy and lots of really good treats to enjoy. Thanks to everyone who came and all those who helped lead or plan or who contributed to the feast and fun!
Welcome to our new members
From as far away as Uganda, England and Jamaica and as near as Worcester, Auburn, Rutland and Lowell, nine people (two in absentia) became members of the Body of Christ at Hadwen Park Church on Reformation Sunday, October 29. With professions such as teaching, social work, accounting, school counseling, ordained ministry and more, the group has already begun contributing to the life of HPC by singing in the choir, reading scripture, helping with our children and our Scout troop, and joining committees.

We are so blessed by their presence among us and look forward to getting to know them.
Want an apple pie for Thanksgiving?

Order an apple pie or apple crisp ($10 each) for pick up on Sunday, November 19. You may order pies baked or unbaked, sugar-free or regular. Apple crisp can be gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free or regular. The Youth Groups will be peeling, mixing, rolling and sprinkling beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the 18th. (Adults and friends are invited to join the fun, too.) 

Orders may be placed by calling the 
church office at 508.752.7489 or 
emailing Sarah. Proceeds will be used 
to purchase stocking stuffers for the 
Youth Groups’ Christmas gifts for YOU, Inc. program members.
Come sing every 
first Sunday!

All ages and abilities of singers are invited to join the First Sunday Pick-up Choir. Come at 8:45 a.m. and learn the music to sing at the 10 a.m. service that day.

If you can make the commitment to practice at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and at 8:45 a.m. every Sunday, you are invited to join the Adult Choir that sings each Sunday.

Children are invited to come each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for a 15-minute practice. (Don’t be late!) The Kids Choir sings in worship as often as possible.

All rehearsals are held in the sanctuary. Contact Annie for more information. 
CAN-CAN Drive: 

On Saturday, December 2 (10am-2pm) HPC's Scout Troop 22 and Cub Pack 22 will host a drive for returnable cans and bottles AND for nonperishable food items for the Church Food Pantry. Bring your cans, bottles and food items to the church at 6 Clover Street in Worcester during those hours. Thanks!