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.
Epiphany Worship 
& Events

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.
  • Saturday, January 21 - Stand Up for Kids Fundraiser - The Savers truck arrives today to pick up items collected to raise $$$ for the Stand Up for Kids Worcester drop-in center where homeless youth can get a meal, take a shower, do laundry, and get clothes and hygiene products as well as help with healthcare, counseling, jobs, etc. Bring resalable clothes, shoes, linens, small appliances, kitchenware, sports equipment, toys, games, knick-knacks, etc. (no books, please) to the church no later than Friday, January 20. All donated items must be in very good condition and working order. The drop-in center will be paid by the pound for resalable items. Clean your closets and help homeless youth!
  • Sunday, January 22 - 3rd Sun. of Epiphany - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Preceded at 9 by Adult Pick-up Choir practice and at 9:30 by Children's Choir practice - meet downstairs.) 
  • Sunday, January 29 - 4th Sun. of Epiphany - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m.  Guest Preacher: Sarah Sund-Lussier
  • Sunday, January 29 - Jr. Youth Group, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Come dressed for the outdoors! Traveling to Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided meditation walk. Permission form required. Parents needed as drivers. See leaders or Susan Crimer. 
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.
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 6th-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.
Annual Business Meeting scheduled for February 12

Mark your calendar to stay after worship on Sunday, February 12 for our important Annual Meeting to elect new officers, adopt a budget and receive reports of our several committees. We need many members there to participate in this important time in the life of our congregation and to help us meet our bylaws' quorum requirements!
Calling all who love to sing!

All ages of singers are invited to take advantage of a unique opportunity in January and February 2017 (except for January 29). Pastor Judy will direct Sunday pick-up choirs which will rehearse as follows:

  • Adults who want to quickly "pick-up" a tune and sing that day should come to the Sanctuary at 9 a.m. sharp.
  • Children will practice 9:30-9:45 for a few weeks and then sing (perhaps with the adult singers) on some Sundays. (Promptness is paramount since their time is so short!)
Hadwen Park reaches out

​January 15 should have been called Reach Out Sunday because a whole lot of reaching out was done before and after worship!

  • The shelves of our Food Pantry were restocked with items donated by our members and others in the community.
  • Church members prepared sandwiches for the Worcester Fellowship UCC, an outdoor ministry to people who do not have permanent housing, then brought the lunch to the service at noon on the Worcester Common.
  • Along with the lunch, HPC members distributed fresh socks (donated by church members) to Fellowship attendees.
  • After our own worship, our Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack prepared and served us refreshments and then cleaned up. Thanks, guys!

See more photos on our Facebook page. (Thanks, Susanna, for these photos.)
Living memorial to a special person

February is Heart Health Month. In remembrance and celebration of the medical and spiritual ministry of the late Jan MacMillan, our beloved parish nurse, the Health and Wellness Committee is raising funds to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator. To be kept in the sanctuary, the AED will be used wherever there may be a cardiac emergency in the church. To donate toward this memorial for Jan, put a check in the offering plate or in the mail. Make it out to the church with “defib” in the memo line.

If you want to know how an AED is used, 
click here for a video produced by just one 
manufacturer of this live-saving device. (By 
providing this link, we are not endorsing this 
company or product.)