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.
Tours of Old Ship Church:
We are happy to give tours! Tours are by appointment only. Please call the office in advance with a minimum of two days notice if at all possible. Old Ship is open on Sunday mornings for worship and anyone is welcome to come early (9am-10am) to view the inside of the building.
Office Mailing Address: 107 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm
Please note: the hours listed above are for the church office only, which is not inside the historic Old Ship Church. The office is located in a separate building across the street. These hours are not when tours are available.
Phone Number: 781-749-1679
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MINISTER'S BLOG: Musings etc.
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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.
Click here for what to expect on Sunday
upcoming worship services
Sunday, May 24
Memorial Day has its historical roots in what was originally called Decoration Day - a day to “decorate” the graves of the soldiers who had lost their lives in the Civil War. This spring marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, a war whose consequences for good and ill are still affecting us.
Ken’s sermon - “Judgments Inexorable” - reflecting on some of these consequences and reflecting on our nation’s history of wars, will draw on the newly re-published edition of Walt Whitman’s civil war poems, “Drum-Taps” - from which the sermon title is taken.
Sunday, May 31
“Are You a Buddha without Knowing It?” will be Ken’s sermon. This is the time of year that many Buddhists celebrate the birth and enlightenment of the Buddha. And many Unitarian Universalists (and others of course) have been drawn in recent years to the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhism. What is the enduring appeal, and what is the particular appeal in our time of this ancient teacher and ancient teaching?
The Youth Group spent a week in West Virginia helping Amizade, a local community group. Want to see what they were up to? Click here.
First Parish Annual Meeting is Sunday, May 17th following worship. The annual report will be posted on the website on Monday, May 11. Paper copies will be in the back of the Meeting House and on the table outside the Parish House office.
Bombs Collection Drive at Old Ship Church on May 31, 2015
Check your garage or cellar; bring your unwanted bikes to our bike collection drive. Saturday, May 31, 12 - 4 p.m. in front of the Parish House. Bike drives will be conducted rain or shine. Please note that Bikes Not Bombs requests a $10 per bike donation to defray storage, processing and shipping costs. We can provide a signed, dated receipt for the cash donation and the value of each donated bicycle. Bikes Not Bombs is a 501(c)3 charity under the IRS code, so your donation is deductible to the extent provided by law.
• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
Old Ship Annual Fund Drive / Canvass
What does Old Ship mean to you? Please show your commitment to the Old Ship community by making a pledge of financial support.
Click here for the pledge card, letter and informational materials. Please return your pledge by May 10! Thank you.
Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…