who we are
Welcome to First Parish in Hingham, Unitarian Universalist, known as Old Ship Church.
We are a liberal Unitarian Universalist community of about 250 members of all ages. More than 100 children and youth participate in our religious education programming. We worship in an historic Meeting House and we hold religious education classes and gather after services in
our Parish House across the street. Our minister, Rev. Kenneth H. Read-Brown, has been with us for more than 25 years.
Our Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark, has stood on Hingham’s Main Street since 1681. It is the only Meeting House built in the 17th century in the United States that still exists.
Our community encourages personal spiritual growth through worship, engagement and service to others.
We do not require adherence to a specific creed.
We affirm the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles and Sources, and we support each individual's unique search for truth and meaning. Our community is both a "Welcoming Congregation" and a "Green Sanctuary", both official designations from the Unitarian Universalist Association, of which we are very proud.
Address: 107 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm (Please note: the office is located in the Parish House, not the Meeting House.)
Phone Number: 781-749-1679
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We are very pleased to welcome you to Old Ship. We want you to feel comfortable among us.
Our Sunday worship service from September through June, held in the Meeting House at 90 Main St., begins promptly at 10:25 am and lasts about an hour.
Childcare is available before and
during Sunday services.
Our Parish House, where we hold religious education classes, child care, fellowship hour,
meetings, etc. is across Main Street from the Meeting House at 107 Main St.
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December 15 "What Are We Waiting For?"
Ken's sermon in the midst of Advent will be "What Are We Waiting For?" A baby in a
manger... king of kings... or... what...
who...? Is the two thousand-year-old question still relevant?
Sunday, December 22
We will celebrate Christmas through our annual pageant. This year's pageant will be the
traditional nativity story, presented in a
somewhat non-traditional manner. Anyone of whatever age who wishes may
participate as a star, a shepherd, or a wise one... or an animal in the stable - as the spirit moves you in the moment. Appropriate costumes will be provided at the appropriate moment. All are invited to this joyful service of song and story for all ages!
Vespers in December... A Time for Peace...
Wednesdays: December 4, 11, and 18
Wednesday evenings at 6:30, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will hold our annual Vespers services in the Old Ship Meeting House. A gently lit Meeting House, readings, music, and plenty of silence for quiet contemplation, all contribute to a peaceful pause in the midst of the holiday season. All are warmly invited! If you would like to participate in one of the services with a reading or music, please contact Ken at 781-749-1679 or by email here.
Social Justice Book Discussion
December 13th, 7pm in the Parlor of the Parish House. Discuss Teacher, The One Who Made the Difference by Mark Edmundson. Come talk about a teacher who influenced you!
Carpool Christmas Caroling!
Saturday, Dec. 14, gather at the Parish House at 12:45 pm for a 1:00pm departure to sing carols for a number of Old Shippers in nursing homes or otherwise limited in how much they can get out & around. All ages are encouraged and welcome - you just have to have spirit! Email Ken Read-Brown with questions.
Gingerbread House Making
Saturday, December 14th, 4:00 pm (immediately following caroling)
Join us for our annual Gingerbread House Making party in the Fellowship Hall. Chili, corn bread & hot cider will be available for snacking while we build. EVERYONE'S INVITED!! More info on what to bring here...
The 17th annual Winter Solstice Poetry Circle Wednesday, December 18, 7:30pm in the Meeting House. More here...
Singers Needed for Christmas Eve Service at Old Ship
We need additional Old Ship singers for Christmas Eve. The songs are mostly simple carols or hymns and the Hallelujah Chorus (which everyone sings together). If you love to
sing but haven't the time to join a regular chorus, here's your chance. The choir especially needs women singers.
Choir rehearsal will be December 15th, 12:00 - 1:00, in the Meeting House. There will also be a rehearsal on Christmas eve at 4:00. Please lend your voice to this beautiful music. More information? email Pat Bianco here.
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