Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603  | 508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9 am - 2 pm  |  Tues., Thurs., 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, Sharon, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
Advent Worship & 
Other Events
Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m.  
All are welcome! 
  • Children aged 3 - grade 8 begin in worship with their family and are dismissed to Sunday School after about 15 minutes. Mid-September through mid-May, classes are held during the rest of worship. (On Communion Sundays, children begin in their Sunday School classes and come to the sanctuary for Communion with their families.) Mid-May thru mid-September, children are invited to “Children’s Church” for stories and activities during the sermon time. 
  • Throughout the year, a time for fellowship and refreshments is held downstairs after worship. 
Look for more information on the events below either here or on our Facebook page or contact the church office.
  • Thursday, December 6 - Blue Christmas Worship, 7 p.m. Find comfort when the joyfulness of the holidays only reminds you of a loss - of a loved one, relationship, job or of a sense of meaning and purpose. 
  • Sunday, December 9 - 2nd Sunday of Advent - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. Bibles will be awarded to children who do not have one. (Choir practices at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, December 9 - All-Church Caroling, after worship. Plan to travel to our home-bound members to bring cheer and the gift of song!
  • Monday, December 10 - Monthly LGBT Asylum Task Force Community Dinner, 6 p.m. (Free!) Bring a tree ornament depicting your ancestry if you know it and have one. Or just come to eat, sing, dance and learn.
  • Saturday, December 15 - Pageant rehearsal, 9 a.m. to noon, for children 5 years to high school.
  • Sunday, December 16 - 3rd Sunday of Advent - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir practices at 9 a.m.) Following the coffee hour, children are invited to stay for a movie and snacks until it's time for pageant rehearsal.
  • Sunday, December 16 - Pageant rehearsal, 1:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, December 16 - Sunday School Pageant, 3 p.m. (note change in time).
  • Sunday, December 16 - Junior/Senior Youth Groups Christmas Party, 5 p.m., Pastor Judy's home. (Kids bring a wrapped gift you did not buy - something you no longer need - for a Yankee Swap.)
  • Saturday, December 22 - Youth Groups Cookie Baking, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23 - 4th Sunday of Advent, Service of Lessons & Carols, 10 a.m. (Sunday School Classes will not meet; Choir practices at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, December 23 - Youth Groups Cookie Sale, 11 a.m.
  • Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 11 p.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 the church 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.
HPC Food Pantry Needs Your Help

  • Donations:  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. Or write a check to HPC with "Food Pantry" in the memo line and put it in the offering plate.  Think of it as an offering of thanks to God.
  • Volunteering:  Are you available on Mondays or Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.? Sign up for a day to staff the Pantry. See a description of the need and instructions for signing up on the Food Pantry Page
Welcome to a dozen new members!

Sunday, November 11 was not only Armistice Day, it was New Member Sunday at Hadwen Park Church. We welcomed 12 new members with roots in Connecticut, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, Jamaica, Kenya, Uganda, and right here in central Massachusetts. The sun shown down on these several souls who confessed their faith and pledged their support for HPC. We welcome them and appreciate the gifts they are bringing to our faith community.
Bad weather?

Listen to Worcester's WTAG AM 580 / FM 94.9 
or watch "The Boston Channel," WCVB TV-5
for closings or delays at HPC. You can also check this website, but do not depend on the website alone as it may not have been updated when you visit.
Giving thanks, making promises

On November 18, being the last Sunday of our Stewardship Campaign, we heard the last in a series of personal reflections on giving and on HPC's impact on the speakers' lives. We rejoiced as a young couple brought their infant son for baptism into the family of God. The choir sang an anthem of welcome. Thanks for the many gifts of our benevolent Creator were offered through liturgy and prayer.  We returned a portion of that abundance through offerings and pledges for the work of the church in 2019. (If you have not yet returned your pledge card, please bring it to worship soon or mail it to the office - address at top. The 2019 budget cannot be finalized without your commitment.) Thank you.
Providing Christmas dinner 
for those in need

Each year we collect funds to provide at 
least 50 boxes full of everything you need 
to cook a nutritious, delicious Christmas dinner and distribute them to those who could use a hand in south Worcester and our own congregation. The items in each box total about $30. Donations in any amount can be put in the offering plate or sent to the church office - clearly marked for "Christmas Baskets."

If you are available to help pack the boxes, please come to Fellowship hall at 8 a.m. on Thursday, December 21. You'll be finished by 9 a.m. (If you could use a box, please contact the church office.)
Season got you 
feeling a little blue?

Join us to find light in the darkness when 
joyful holiday doings leave you feeling a little 
lost and left out. Be lifted up when the loss 
of a loved one or job, health situation or other 
concern have you feeling down while others 
are rejoicing.

Our annual Blue Christmas Service will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. If you like, bring a candle and holder or symbol of your pain. Receive an optional blessing by the laying on of hands, anointing with oil and/or Communion.  Everyone is welcome. 
Bring holiday cheer to a child 
in need in our neighborhood

As they do each year, the Missions & Social 
Justice Committee invites you to take a tag 
off the Mitten Tree in the Sanctuary and 
purchase a gift for the child whose name 
and age appear on the paper mitten. Then attach the tag and place the gift under the tree. Gifts will be delivered to children through the South Worcester Neighborhood Center. Watch for further details. (Although it is called our "Mitten Tree," more than mittens are invited.)