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.
Epiphany Worship & Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship.J
Nursery care for infants through 3-year-olds, 
staffed by a professional child care worker, 
is available in the nursery just off the sanctuary. Parents may leave their children at 9:45 and must pick them up by 15 minutes after the close of the service. 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.
  • Sunday, January 21 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Sam Young. (Adult Choir practice, 8:45 a.m.; Kids Choir practice, 9:30 a.m. Please be prompt.)
  • Sunday, January 21 - Junior Youth Group Hot Dog Lunch (see at left), 11 a.m.; Confirmation Class, 11 a.m.; Senior Youth Group, 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 28 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. Guest Preacher: Hellen Bradburn. (Adult Choir practice, 8:45 a.m.; Kids Choir practice, 9:30 a.m. Please be prompt.)

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.
HPC Food Pantry
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. 
We admit it: We love our kids!
(And we're proud of 'em, too.)

There is so much going on at HPC for the younger set - Sunday School and Confirmation Class, a Christmas pageant, visiting our homebound, gathering gifts for less fortunate kids, taking part in worship, helping decorate the church and so much more.

​Recently, our Junior and Senior 
Youth Groups bought fun items 
and filled Christmas sacks for 
kids who live in YOU, Inc. 
group residences. 

The Confirmation Class led the 
call to worship and lit the Advent 
Wreath on December 3.

We are proud of their participation 
in worship and missions at HPC!

Choir presents an international Christmas Cantata

On Thursday, December 14 and again on Sunday, December 17, our choir presented its annual Christmas Cantata of beautiful seasonal anthems. This year, however, several of our LGBT asylum seekers from around the world joined them, reading scripture, presenting their own musical pieces, and telling their stories of survival. Celebrating the 3rd Sunday of Advent by lighting the Joy candle we were reminded that joy sometimes comes with pain.
2nd Week of Advent observed

Advent is a busy time at Hadwen Park Church - a healing service, a pageant, parties, caroling, giving, caring for the hungry, sick, homebound. All the while, Sunday services continue and involve many members as well as the pastor. Join us as we hopefully, faithfully, joyfully, lovingly await the coming of the Christ Child - 10 a.m. every Sunday. 
An unusual Sunday . . . 

The 4th Sunday of Advent usually comes at least a few days before Christmas. But this year, we celebrated the last of Advent on the same day as Christmas Eve. So in the morning, we lit candles for Peace, Joy, Hope and Love and retold the Christmas story through lessons and carols. In the evening, we entered the church through walkways lit by luminaria, lit the Christ candle in the center of our Advent wreath, celebrated the coming of the Light of the World, and lit our own candles before going forth into the night. 

Now we are observing Christmastide - the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany when we celebrate the coming of the magi to the manger. Christmas is not over. Let us bring God's light to our own world!
Annual Meeting date set; reports due

In the United Church of Christ, the local congregation is the decision-making body - not a bishop or a denominational organization. Thus, the congregation gathers at an annual meeting to hear reports of the previous year's program and leaders, elect officers, adopt a budget, and make other decisions that will affect the work and ministries of the church in the coming year.

The 2018 Annual Meeting of Hadwen Park Church will be held on Sunday, February 11, following the close of worship. All members of the church may vote on all decisions. Please plan to be present for this important meeting.

If you are the chair of an HPC committee, your committee's annual report is due in the church office NO LATER than Monday, January 22, so that printed copies of the entire report will be available for pick up on Sunday, February 14 - a week before the meeting.