Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603  | 508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9 am - 2 pm  |  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, Sharon, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgracehadwen@aol.com.
Summer Worship & Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m.  
All are welcome! 
  • Mid-September thru mid-May: Children aged 3 - grade 8 begin in worship with their family and are dismissed to Sunday School after about 15 minutes. 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 attend worship with their family and are invited to Children’s Church** during the sermon for stories and activities. 
  • 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.
  • Sunday, August 18 - Worship with Children's Church, 10 a.m. The Rev. Sarah Sund-Lussier preaching. (Summer Singers rehearse at 9 a.m. All are welcome.)
  • Sunday, August 25 - Worship & Children's Church, 10 a.m. (Summer Singers rehearse at 9 a.m. All are welcome.)
  • Thursday, August 29 - LGBT Tower Hill Pride Presentation, 3-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1 - Worship with Children's Church, 10 a.m. (Summer Singers rehearse at 9 a.m. All are welcome.)
  • Wednesday, September 4 - Weekly Choir Rehearsals Resume, 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday, September 7 - Worcester Pride Parade
  • Sunday, September 8 - Family Worship & Rally Day (Sunday School Registration), 10 a.m. Assoc. Pastor Sarah Sund-Lussier preaching; Mark Thallander & Brett Maguire playing organ & piano (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, September 15 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 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 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
Save these dates:
  • Sunday, September 15 - Worship & the start of Sunday School, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 22 - Harvest Festival, 11 a.m. (following worship) to 3 p.m. Baked goods, games & activities, fresh produce.
This is the annual major fundraiser for the 
LGBT Asylum Task Force. 
Click on the image to purchase tickets.
Click here to read the article in the June 27 Worcester Magazine about how our LGBT Asylum Seekers were affected by their first Pride Parade. Heart-warming.
We're in the news again!
VBS visited the Wild West!

The 2019 Vacation Bible School rode through the wild, wild West with its theme, "Outlaws for God." July 15-19 adult and teenage volunteers from HPC led kids from kindergarten thru grade 8 in games, crafts, songs, Bible stories and outdoor water play despite some pretty Western-like hot weather. The fun, fans and fellowship kept everyone cool and happy! Many thanks to our volunteers and organizers (The Rev. Sarah Sund-Lussier and Susan Crimer).
2019 Youth Mission Trip assists in New Jersey

From July 7 to13, eight HPC youth missionaries and two adult leaders were in Hazlet, NJ. They joined 273 other youth from churches across the country and Canada to repair homes for people who need it the most. Each of our youth and adults was placed in a work crew with 4-5 people from other churches. They slept on air mattresses on the floor, ate cafeteria food, worked full days (except for one half-day off), and attended evening sessions with Bible study and group discussions. Everyone had a remarkable experience! 

The day after returning home, they attended worship at HPC as a group and presented their reflections on their experiences of making friends, learning home repair, and having profound and well-needed conversations with the residents of the homes on which they worked. Thanks, HPC, for again supporting our youth!
A very warm summer Sunday

On Sunday, July 21, our children led songs they learned at last week's Vacation Bible School, we heard God's Word preached by our associate minister (God loves us just as we are), enjoyed music by our choir and one very talented couple, and rejoiced that David won his appeal for asylum. God is good!
It won't be long . . . 

. . . before summer is done and we get back to our fall schedule.  In the meantime, we continue our summer series of stories of our faith journeys. On August 11, Steve talked about being a part of churches from a variety of denominations and the part they played in his spiritual and prayer life. Associate Pastor Sarah brought some of us to tears with "El Shaddai," Pastor Judy spoke on "What is Faith?" and the Summer Singers sang an oldie.