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 remaining 17th-century Puritan meetinghouse in the US.
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. We cherish diversity of gender expressions, religious backgrounds, racial and cultural identities or backgrounds, ethnicities, national origins, ages, ranges of ability, sexual orientations, financial means, educations, and political perspectives. We welcome all to share in congregational life.
tours of Old Ship Meeting House
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.
Beginning July 4, the Meeting House will be open daily for the summer from 1pm to 4pm.
Office Mailing Address:
107 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm
Phone Number: 781-749-1679
Please note: the hours listed above are for the church office only, which is not inside the historic Old Ship Meeting House. The office is located in a separate Parish House building across the street. Tours are by appointment only.
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We are very pleased to welcome you to Old Ship. We want you to feel comfortable among us.
Our summer custom is to gather in the parlor of the Parish House (107 Main Street) for informal worship led by members of our congregation. The service begins at 10 am. See below for a list of worship leaders and topics for summer 2015.
From September through mid June, our worship service 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
Summer Worship Services
Sundays June 28 - September 6, 10:00 am
Summer services will be held in the Parish House, mostly led by Old Ship members. Services include a talk from the worship leader as well as our usual sharing of joys, sorrows, and concern, and time for conversation. See below for worship leaders and topics.
July 5 Carlos Zalduondo "Teaching Minority Children"
July 12 Nigel Harvey "Empathy: Learning to Look Through Other Peoples' Eyes"
July 19 Rick Mattila Title to be announced
July 26 Elizabeth Torrey "The Annual Summer Poetry Service"
August 2 Ralph Brown "Genealogy connects us to the interdependent web"
August 9 Marva Nathan “Who are the people in my group? Who are the other?”
August 16 to be announced
August 23 Mike Dwyer "Mentoring"
August 30 Judi Flaherty "In any language..." What are some of our assumptions about the challenges faced by people newly arrived in the U.S.? How does country of origin or native language affect our ability to live, work, learn, worship, and play together?
September 6 To Be Announced.
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.
• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
Old Ship Summer Retreat: July 24 - 26
Sign up now for a fun and relaxed chance to nurture our spirits and build relationships… all at the delightful Craigville Retreat Center on the beach in Centerville, Cape Cod. You may come for the weekend or just for one day or night. Find details and the registration form 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 ASAP! Thank you.
meeting house preservation
Old Ship is proud to announce that the Meeting House Restoration Project completed in 2014 has received a significant award: The 2015 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award, given for Restoration and for Stewardship. You may read the full nominating document complete with photos describing the scope of the work done on the project here. Congratulations to everyone who worked on and supported this spectacular project!
Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…