Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Tues., Thurs.
What We Do
Worship - We gather for worship every Sunday at 10 a.m. On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate the Lord's Supper. All who seek to follow Jesus are welcome to partake. (Children receive communion in Church School.)
Education - We learn together in Church School (Sundays at 10 a.m. for children), and in Youth Group (children in grades 5 and above meet approximately twice a month). Workshops and other adult learning experiences are offered from time to time through the Health & Wellness and Mission & Social Justice committees. Ministries - Members are invited to use their talents in ministry, such as by singing in the Choir, educating children and adults, participating in the Prayer Ministry, donating to or helping with our Daily Bread Food Pantry, serving on or aiding the LGBT Task Force, and more. The Tuesday morning (10 a.m.) Women's Care Group, formerly a Bible Study session, allows members to minister to each other's needs. Fellowship - We enjoy each other's company at Sunday morning coffee hours and a variety of events such as church suppers, picnics, talent shows, women's or men's events, family and youth activities, etc.
Committee Work - To accomplish all this, we are organized into committees; members are encouraged to serve where their talents and interests lie.
- Diaconate: Deacons oversee the church's ministry to the physical and spiritual needs of members and others.
- Christian Education: This committee guides the educational ministries by setting policy and implementing it. Members help design and evaluate a Christian education program for all ages that meets members' needs and reflects the church's theological principles.
- Finance Committee: The development and oversight of an operating budget, and the oversight of the lease of church property, the church payroll and investments are within the purview of this committee.
- Growth, Development & Stewardship: This committee interacts with visitors, prepares seekers for membership, implements the yearly stewardship campaign that helps raise funds, and introduces new areas for service, shepherding their progress until they are an established, recognized committee of the church.
- Health & Wellness: Planning and presenting current information and programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. Topics focus on being healthy and well in body, mind, and soul. Forums and helpful information are geared for older youth/teens through adult/seniors.
- Missions & Social Justice: Members of this group help the church engage in mission by beginning specific projects/programs, building enthusiasm for current ones, or directing the way mission dollars are spent. They also monitor and highlight church activities and programs related to issues of justice and freedom in the local community, state, nation and world.
- Music: This committee sets policy for the music ministry of the church and provides support for the church's musicians and music program.
- Nominating: Identifying and recruiting volunteers to serve on the various committees is this group's focus.
- Pastoral Relations: This committee seeks to support and maintain an open relationship between the pastor and members of the congregation. It helps everyone share ideas, hopes, dreams and interpretations of mission. It provides a framework for dealing with conflict creatively.
- Personnel: The Personnel Committee develops personnel policies, position descriptions and agreements for all paid staff. They also conduct annual staff evaluations and ensure that all staff are treated fairly by the congregation.
- Property: The Committee is responsible for the care of the buildings and the grounds of each of the properties owned by the Church. The Committee also oversees and directs the work of the church custodian.
Governance - As a United Church of Christ congregation, we govern ourselves through congregational meetings, elected officers and the Church Council as specified by our bylaws. The election of officers, adoption of a budget and acceptance of reports of officers and committees is carried out at an annual meeting, typically held in January. In between annual meetings, the Church Council (consisting of elected church officers and representatives of the committees) conduct church business. Other congregational meetings may be called as necessary to conduct major business.
Celebrating a Food Pantry collection
Egg toss at Labor Day picnic
Replacing the corner stone after 100th anniversary
Marching for Justice!
Members of HPC often march with the Mass. Conference of the United Church of Christ and the LGBT Asylum Seekers Task Force in the annual Boston Pride parades. Task Force marchers wear paper bags over their heads to symbolize that gay people have to hide their identify in 76 countries around the world where being gay is "illegal." Some have laws which allow the death penalty for this offense.
Annual Labor Day Picnic bring members of all ages together for a day of fun.
Our annual, day-long picnic at Salem Covenant Church's camp in Charlton helps us celebrate our church family with food, games, music, sports and more.
The environment, our criminal justice system, homelessness and other social justice topics . . .
have been the focus of "Justice Cameos" - a time during worship and afterward in short workshops when invited speakers educate us on a topic that we as Christians could have an impact. These occasional events are sponsored by the Missions & Social Justice Committee.
50 Food Baskets each holiday . . .
Enough food to make a complete Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for 50 needy families in our community is donated by HPC and packed into cartons by church members just before each holiday. The "baskets" are then picked up by the families.