Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Wed., 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
gracelift@aol.com
Want more information?  
Call or write our church secretary, Betty Jane, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
Food Pantry:

Non-perishable items are needed for 
our Food Pantry.  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.
Gift Idea: Buy Gift Cards 
to benefit our Youth 
Missionaries

“Scrip” is a word that means “substitute money” that you can use at a variety of popular national and local retailers for food, clothing, entertainment, gas, restaurants, etc. 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, contact Gail at gsundlussier@aol.com.
Spring Worship 
& Events 

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship 
and Church School. Child Care is provided for infants through 2-year-olds. A time for fellowship and refreshments follows Sunday worship at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

  • Saturday, April 18 - Ham & Bean Supper, 5 p.m. & All-Church Talent Show, 6 p.m.  (See below.)
  • Sunday, April 19 - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 - All-Church Clean-up Day, 10 a.m. (See below.)
  • Sunday, April 26 - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m. - Justice Cameo during worship by Warren Hicks, new director of the Worcester Fellowship UCC.   Warren will lead the after-worship discussion on the homeless.
  • Sunday, May 3 - CONFIRMATION SUNDAY - Worship with Communion, 10 a.m.  (No Church School classes.)
  • Sunday, May 10 - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 17 - MUSIC SUNDAY - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 24 - PENTECOST - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.  (Pick-up Choir practices at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, May 31 - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 7 - CHURCH SCHOOL SUNDAY - Worship with Communion, 10 a.m. 

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.

Summer IS coming!

If cold, snow and ice are not your cup of tea, picture yourself sipping a Lime Rickey sitting in a rocker on a porch overlooking a small harbor where sun-dappled sailboats breeze in and out. Warm yourself up by thinking about a few days or a week at one of the United Church of Christ’s most beautiful summer retreat/conference centers - Star Island.

Ten miles out from Portsmouth NH (a 50-min. ferry ride) lie the Isles of Shoals - nine small, rocky islands, one of which is Star Island where religious retreats and conferences have been held since the early 1900s. Owned and operated by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association, there are two weeks and one weekend specifically planned for UCC members. Here are this year’s UCC events:

  • Star Gathering 1 Family Conference - Sat., August 1 - Sat., August 8
"Spirituality and Recovery" led by the Rev. Emily Heath; worship led by the Rev. Dr. Adam Herlson; separate activities for children

  • Star Gathering 1 Youth Conference - Sat., August 1 - Sat., August 8
“What is Holy to You?” led by David Clark for youth entering grades 9-13 (high school graduates)

  • Star Gathering 2 Family Conference - Sat., August 8 - Sat., August 15
"Race and Religion" led by Prof. Warren Goldstein; worship by the Rev. Donna Schaper; separate activities for children

  • Star Gathering 2 Youth Conference - Sat., August 8 - Sat., August 15
“Adulthood in the 21st Century: Stars or Islands?” led by the Rev. Brian Gruhn for youth entering grades 9-13 (high school graduates)

  • Laity Family Weekend (Labor Day Weekend) - Fri., September 4 or Sat., September 5 to Mon., September 7
"Spiritual Approach to Personal Wellness" led by the Rev. Robert Fellows; separate activities for young people

Many other activities are offered in addition to the speakers’ programs; conferees may opt in or out of any of them. You can choose to get heavily involved or do nothing but eat and sleep. The food is terrific and the beds are comfy. First-timers are offered a 30% discount on room and board. Financial aid for those who need it is available by application to the Star Island UCC Board. Full information on programming, speakers, costs and much more is available at www.starisland.org. Or contact Sam or Cindy at cynsam@charter.net.

Above:
Some familiar 
day-trippers
visit Star Island and
try out the porch
rockers.

Right:
Morning wake-up
singers serenade
in a cottage,
foretell the day's
events and list the breakfast menu.  Coffee is always available on the porch beginning at 7 a.m. Ahh!

Below:
Teens gather for an impromptu jam session on the front porch.
Kids can learn a lot 
at church camp!

A week at church camp has often been 
a life-changing, character-building 
experience for young people.  

Kids going into grades 4-12+ next September and their parents can learn about the summer programs held at Silver Lake Camp & Conference Center in Sharon, CT and on Star Island off the coast of Portsmouth, NH by contacting Liz, our HPC camp coordinator, at lizmur40@aol.com

Information about the Star Island youth offerings is also below. In addition, information on all New England UCC camps and conference centers is available at www.uccnecamps.org.

Justice Cameos 
continue

The Mission & Social Justice Committee 
are presenting monthly 3-4 minute talks 
during worship about the “isms” that 
separate “them” from “us.” The presenters 
stay after worship for coffee and 
discussion in the Conference Room. The first three cameos are below. Future topics will include racism and bullying. Join us.
  • March 15 - Patrick Cage, Environmental intern at the Mass. Conf., United Church of Christ, told how climate change affected our weather this winter, why climate change is a social justice issue, what divestment means, and more.  
  • April 12 - Jacqueline, an LGBT asylum seeker and HPC member who worships with us faithfully, will tell her story. Lanny will reflect on what he has learned from this new friend.  Linford Cunningham will lead the after-worship discussion.
  • April 26 - Warren Hicks, director of Worcester Fellowship, will tell how “isms” affect the homeless population.

Looking ahead . . .

  • Sunday, June 28 - Saturday, July 4 - Youth Mission Trip to Scranton, PA
  • Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7 - Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendar!​
Share your
talent or just 
enjoy the 
show to 
benefit our kids!

The talents of cooking, serving, singing, playing an instrument, telling jokes, acting and much more will be used on Saturday, April 18, when we come together to raise funds to send our kids to church camp and work camp this summer.

5 p.m. - Ham & Bean Supper in Fellowship Hall - Cost:  Pay what you can - $5-$50 per person!  Menu: ham, beans, coleslaw, cornbread, desserts, coffee/tea/cold drinks. Please make a reservation: tealover54@yahoo.com.  

6 p.m. - Annual Talent Show in the Sanctuary - Vote for your favorite acts as often as you'd like by putting donations in the pot. 

Bring your family and friends and help us provide life-changing experiences for our young people.  Come and give generously!

Want to share a talent?  We're looking for acts.  Contact Joanne at stpierre35@charter.net to volunteer.
Christ is Risen!         He is Risen, Indeed!
Wow!  What a Sunday!  
  • Beautiful lilies given to remember/honor loved ones and our God.
  • A full house including many well-behaved little ones
  • Joyful music by children, choir and congregation
  • The happy baptism of one of our confirmands
  • Inspiration from scripture, prayer and spoken word
  • Sharing Holy Communion

The best way to celebrate our Risen Lord - joyfully together!
Don't miss this!
It's time 
to do some . . .


The Church Council invites members and friends to show up for an all-church clean-up day on Saturday, April 2510 a.m. to finish.  Inside, we'll clean out several rooms while the Youth Missionaries work outside.  First order of business inside: claiming and putting away the various items that belong to specific committees, then a thorough cleaning.  

At noon, the youth will serve lunch to the adult workers as a thank you for their support during the year.

Don't miss this opportunity for service and fellowship!
A Sunday of sharing . . .

April 12 was a day for members and friends to share thoughts, talents, prayers and more.
  • Some of our youth shared their insights having just attended an overnight experiential learning event about homelessness sponsored by the Worcester Area Mission Society.
  • Lanny told the story of Jacqueline's LGBT journey from Cameroon and the blessing of his unexpected friendship with her despite their language difference.  His story was presented as one of our Justice Cameos.
  • John and Annie (welcome back!) shared a beautiful song.
  • Our children showed their Church School projects.
  • The Justice Cameo theme continued after worship when visitors from Christ Church in Cambridge shared their desire to provide asylum assistance to LGBT seekers from countries where they are in danger.
It's so good to be the Body of Christ!