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 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Phone Number: 781-749-1679
Click here for directions
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 morning.
upcoming worship services
Sunday, May 5
On this Sunday we will celebrate the Coming of Age of our youth who have just completed their Coming of Age year. Whether or not your own son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter is in this group or even whether or not you know any of these youth, please join us to celebrate these wonderful young people and to hear what will no doubt be their inspiring words. It is both cliché and true that our youth represent our future. Let’s support them in every way!
Friday, May 10: Soulful Sundown, 7pm
All are invited to our spring “Soulful Sundown” service led by Ken Read-Brown – celebrating the hope and beauty awakened by spring.
Sunday, May 12
Our Mother’s Day tradition of a "mostly music Sunday" will continue with the leadership of our music director Joni Nahigian. In the midst of the beautiful music, Ken will offer a sermon for Mother’s Day: "Always in Our Hearts."
Sunday, May 19
Our service will be held in the Parish House Fellowship Hall on this, the Sunday of our Old Ship Annual Meeting which will follow the service.
The sermon will be shared by Ken and Old Ship member David O’Malley. It will be a day to reflect on the purpose of our First Parish in Hingham Old Ship and on the meaning of membership.
Following worship, lunch will be served. At noon, our First Parish Annual Meeting will convene.
• Two new Adult Ed programs begin: Ebenezer Gay and Upanishads Study Group, both led by minister Ken Read-Brown. More...
• Coffeehouse Off the Square
Saturday, May 18 @ 8 pm $15
Old Ship Parish House
Maine-based singer-songwriter David Mallet ("inch by inch, row by row") in the final coffeehouse of the season. More...
• Old Ship Church Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 19 @ 12 noon
Old Ship Parish House
Members of First Parish Old Ship meet to vote on the business of the parish.
• Hingham Museum Day
Saturday, May 25 12 - 3:30 pm
Old Ship Meeting House
Visit history throughout Hingham, including tours of the Meeting House. Presented by the Hingham Historical Society.
• All events are listed on the calendar
• For more description, click here.
May Breakfast & Plant Sale
Some photos of the fun on Saturday, May 4. Thanks to all for your support!