Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Wed., Fri.
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
Want more information?
Call or write our church secretary, Betty Jane,
Advent & Christmas
Worship & Events
oin 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thursday, December 14 - Christmas Concert by Adult Choir, 7 p.m. (Public welcome.) "Give-a-Knit" gifts of warmth - hats, scarves, gloves, tea, or anything to warm an LGBT asylum seeker experiencing a New England winter for the first time - are encouraged. Come hear their stories and the choir's music.
- Sunday, December 17 - 3rd Sunday in Advent - Family Worship, 10 a.m. Adult Choir will present its Christmas Cantata. (Preceded by Adult Choir Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.; Kids Choir practice, 9:30 a.m.) Mitten tree gifts due back, wrapped and tagged with child's name.
- Sunday, December 17 - All-Church Caroling (including Confirmation Class and youth groups), 11 a.m. until finish.
- Sunday, December 24 - 4th Sunday in Advent - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 11 p.m.
- Sunday, December 31 - Family Worship, 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.
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.
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.
Come sing every
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.
Getting ready for Christmas dinner
The crew is readying to do it again - pack 50 cartons with everything needed for a Christmas feast. The food, purchased through donations made by HPC members, will be distributed to local families in need the week before Christmas. Done in memory of Otis Wickwire, a longtime member who headed up this annual ministry for many years, this is truly a labor of love. Each basket costs $30. Donations in any amount are welcome. Make out a check to "Hadwen Park Congregational Church" and send it to the address above with "Christmas Baskets" in the memo line. Thank you for your generosity!
Youth Groups peel, roll and bake;
visit and sing; and laugh.
The kids at HPC have a great
time doing good. Recently, they
peeled apples, rolled dough and
baked a slew of apple pies and
apple crisp, then sold them to
raise funds to buy the stuffers
for Christmas stockings they
will donate to kids in residential
programs sponsored by YOU,
Inc. They also visited a
bed-bound member and sang to
her. Laughter was added to
the mix when they played
"Ha-Ha" - a game challenging
players not to laugh when their
"pillow" bounces. Young people
interested in joining the fun,
should read the notice below beginning with "Attention, Youth!"
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.
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!
Advent now in its second week
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. (See more at right.)