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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Sunday, April 20 Easter Sunday
"Rainbow Desing" will be Ken's Easter Sunday sermon.
What inspiration does the two-thousand-year-old Christian Easter story, along with more ancient spring festivals, offer to us today, both personally and for all of us together amidst the many challenges we face in this complicated one world?
Sunday, April 27
"Steady, They Say" is the title of a brief poem by Gary Snyder, and will also be the title of Ken's sermon, which will in some ways be part two of his Easter message. How can we manage to "hold steady" in a world where everything changes, nothing lasts, and events may sometimes invite despair?
Ken's sermon will also serve as an introduction to this year's spring poetry class, co-led by Ken and Elizabeth Torrey. (See details of the class elsewhere in the newsletter.)
Social Justice Film series: “Let’s Talk about Education” The First Grader (appropriate for all ages) Friday, April 11, 7pm in the Parish House. More info here...
May Breakfast is coming soon!! Mark your calendars for this Old Ship tradition: the morning of May 3. Help out if you can!
• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
General Assembly (GA) is LOCAL this year! Join thousands of fellow UUs to worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for our governing body, the Unitarian Universalist Association, through democratic process. This year's theme is Love Reaches Out. June 25 - 29 in Providence, RI. More info here...
Old Ship All-Church Retreat July 25/26
Making plans for summer? How about joining our Beach Retreat Weekend at Craigville Retreat Center on beautiful Cape Cod! This will be a fabulous and fun opportunity to connect with the folks in our congregation in a whole new way. More info here…
Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…