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. Daily tours begin on July 5 from 1pm - 4pm.
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:
Tours are by appointment only. We are happy to give tours! Please call the office in advance with at least two days notice if at all possible. Old Ship is always 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
Parish House Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm (Please note: the 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.
From September through June, our Sunday worship service is held in the Meeting House at 90 Main St. It 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, October 26
Leaning forward, even just a little, can allow gravity to help you run more freely and easily. Is there a force that helps us along if we lean into life? "Leaning into Life" will be Ken's sermon.
October's outreach offering will be given to the Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore. And at noon the Social Justice Council will host a forum on the linked issues of homelessness and hunger.
At 1:00 singers of all kinds are invited to join Ken at Harbor House Nursing Home to sing to the residents up and down the halls, as we did on two occasions last year. Songbooks will be provided, and we will provide the spirit!
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.
Mad Hatter Auction!
Saturday, October 25 in the Parish House
A Fun(d)raising party to benefit Old Ship!
• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter 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…