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.
Hunger is always with us.

Our Food Pantry is continually in use by those in need. Thus, it is always in need of non-perishable items.  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.
Advent/Christmas Worship & Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship. Child Care facilities are available for infants through 2-year-olds. A time for fellowship and refreshments follows 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.
  • Sunday, November 29 - Family Worship - 1st Sunday of Advent, 10 a.m. (Kid-friendly service; no Church School classes, but Children's Choir will sing.)
  • Thursday, December 3 - Blue Christmas Service, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 6 - Worship & Church School - 2nd Sunday of Advent, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 6 - All-Church Caroling to our homebound, 11:30 a.m. 
  • Sunday, December 6 - Youth Group Christmas Party at Pastor Judy's home, following caroling
  • Sunday, December 13 - Worship & Church School - 3rd Sunday of Advent, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 13 - Church School Christmas Pageant, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 19 - Youth Group Cookie Bake, 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 20 - Christmas Cantata & Family Worship, 10 a.m. (No Church School classes)
  • Thursday, December 24 - Candlelight Service, 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 27 - Christmastide Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
Christmas Gift Idea: Buy Gift Cards 
to benefit our Youth Missionaries

Cards for many popular national and local retailers, restaurants and more are available during after-worship fellowship hours.  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 stop by the table during Sunday fellowship hours or contact Gail at gsundlussier@aol.com.
Sing with us! 

We have a Pick-Up Choir
AND a Rehearsal Choir 
every Sunday!

ALL ages and levels of musical knowledge and experience are welcome to participate. We only ask for a love of the spirit and music and a willingness to learn.

The robed REHEARSAL CHOIR practices in the sanctuary on Wednesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. **Starting Wed., Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. we rehearse Christmas music.  Join us for the season!**

The PICK-UP CHOIR joins the Sunday morning rehearsal at 9:10 a.m. Please come in your Sunday best and with a song in your heart, either one Sunday or every Sunday, as you are able!  

The CHILDREN'S CHOIR rehearses each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary and sings occasionally - sometimes with the adult choirs and sometimes on their own.

Please email our minister of music, Annie Arsenault (annie4music@gmail.com), with any questions.
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.

Job Opening at HPC: 
Part-time Director of Christian Education
We are a progressive, fun-loving, justice-loving, Open and Affirming church with an awesome and growing group of children and teens. Our ideal candidate will have experience to effectively direct the CE program, an understanding of UCC theology and a willingness to teach in accordance with UCC values, scriptures, creeds and confession. A background in music, art and/or puppets is especially welcome.

Click for more information or contact Joanne
tummies filled!

An assembly line of HPC volunteers filled 60 Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need associated with the South Worcester Neighborhood Center as well as some of our own families.  Everything needed for a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner was donated by church members.

If you missed donating or volunteering for this project, you'll get another chance when we create Christmas Dinner baskets. Watch for more information.

We love babies!

Sleepy little Isaac was baptized on Sunday, November 15, wearing a gown made by his maternal grandmother from her wedding dress.  He slept through the sprinkling and presentation to the congregation.  Precious!
Are the holidays hard for you?

With so much misery in the world, sorrow 
in your own life or sadness around you, the 
holidays can seem hollow and the joy 
others feel elusive.

Come acknowledge the pain you may feel, 
seek healing and find solace.  
Everyone is welcome.

Blue Christmas Service
7 p.m., HPC Sanctuary
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thanksgiving/New Member Sunday

On November 22, seven new members were received, one of whom was baptized. The altos of our senior choir gifted us with special music to guitar 
and piano accompaniment. 
The whole choir sang, 
the children danced, 
scripture was read, the 
word proclaimed, people 
gave of their abundance, 
prayers were raised, 
thanksgiving was given. 
It was all good.
Dozens of apple pies . . .

​. . . were made by the Youth Group and their helpers on Saturday, November 21 and sold on Sunday to raise funds for youth activities and their mission work. Thanks to all helpers and buyers. Enjoy your pies on Thanksgiving - or before if you can't wait!
Save the date!

  • Saturday, March 16 - Corned Beef Dinner, 6 p.m., to benefit our youth ministry and mission trips.  More information to come.
Our Mitten Tree awaits 
your generosity!

As they do each year, our Mission & Social Justice Committee invites you to help families in need in the South Worcester Neighborhood area to have a bright Christmas.  Here's how:
  • Select one of the 70 paper mittens hanging on the tree in our sanctuary. On the back is the name and age of a child in need. There are 2 mittens for each child, but you only need to take one.
  • Buy and wrap an appropriate gift in the $20-$25 price range. Please avoid anything with a violent theme.
  • Tape or tie the paper mitten securely to the package. This is very important, so we know which gift goes where!
  • Bring the gift in and place it under the tree on or before Sunday, December 13. 

That's all you need to do. The Committee will prepare the packages for pickup in time for Christmas.

Thank you for your always-generous giving. And while you’re shopping, consider picking up some mittens, gloves, hats, scarves etc. for children of all ages—these can also be added to the tree (unwrapped) and will be distributed to some of the 35 children.
Roxy Kate says . . .

Please bring in some new white socks for those who attend the outdoor services each Sunday of the Worcester Fellowship UCC on the Worcester Common. Roxy gave out the socks recently and was distressed when she ran out, so she asks everyone to fill the big red box in the sanctuary so there will be enough for everyone who needs them.