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.
Mailing Address: 107 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm
(Please note: the church office is not located inside the historic Old Ship Church. It is in a separate building across the street.)
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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upcoming worship services
Sunday, November 2
This will be our annual Remembrance Service. We will name and honor loved ones and friends who have died; and we are invited to bring a small memento or photo of a loved one to contribute to an Altar of Memories (all of course to be returned after the service). Ken's sermon will be "Aged to Perfection".
At noon, the Pastoral Care Leadership Team will host a forum in the Parish House parlor: "Don't Drop the Cookies and Run" - reflecting together on pastoral visiting.
Sunday, November 9
"Post Election Reflections" will be Ken's sermon. How are we to understand the election results in the context of political dysfunction in Washington? More broadly, how are we called to live and act in these times not only of political gridlock, but of a wide variety of uncertainties and challenges, local, national, and global?
The Social Justice Council will host a forum - soup and bread included - at noon, a viewing of the film "Dark Days" about a group of people living under the Amtrak tracks in New York City.
Sunday, November 16
"Building Your House on a Rock" will be Ken's sermon - reflections on Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount": Did Jesus really mean all that he said? (Ken will be teaching a class on the Sermon on the Mount on three Wednesday evenings in December.)
A meeting of committee chairs and the Board of Trustees will be held at noon in the Parish House parlor.
Lunch and Movie “Dark Places”
Sunday, November 9 at 12 p.m. the Social Justice Council will be showing a film which addresses the issue of homelessness. A lunch of soup and bread will be provided by the SJC, with discussion to follow the film.
Coffeehouse off the Square
Nov. 15 - Marina Evans and Eric Eldering Cornetta, 8pm, Parish House Fellowship Hall
A melodious split bill will be Marina Evans and our own Eric Eldering Cornetta.
A new face and voice for us is the widely traveled Marina Evans . She combines strong ,even sultry vocals, unusual melodies and clever edgy lyrics into a style that is all her own. She started in her home town of Rockport and has toured and recorded across the US and in London and Italy, most recently issuing her latest album “Unbound"!
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Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…