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.
Click here for what to expect on Sunday
upcoming worship services
“Still Here” will be Ken’s sermon, a practical and spiritual reflection on the nature of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. He will be drawing on his experience with parishioners and with his mother’s Alzheimer’s journey, as well as on his experience raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association during the past three years by running the Boston Marathon.
Short clip of Rev. Ken speaking at the People's Climate Justice March in September 2014! Preach!
Thanks to UU Planet for the clip!
Old Ship Youth right now are in West Virginia on a service and learning trip. Want to see what they are doing today? Beverly Tricco, our Director of Religious Education, is posting photos daily on her DRE blog. Click here to see what's happening today.
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4pm
Candlelight Concerts presents The Stardust Duo
Husband and wife Jonathan and Amanda Roberts present a unique piano/violin concert featuring favorites of Beethoven as well as the timeless Gershwin, along with other surprises. 4pm Meeting House. Free, but donations gladly accepted.
May Breakfast: May 2, 2015, 7:30AM to 11:30PM
A 100+ year tradition...start the day with a delicious pancake breakfast and pick up some beautiful flowers and plants to welcome in spring! A great community day-all kinds of help needed. Set up on Friday, May 1, cooks and dishwashers and waitstaff for Saturday morning and folks to work the plant table 7:15 to 9:45, 9:30 to 1:00...and clean-up. In the lead-up weeks, we need folks to collect plants...and manure (!) (seriously, we sell out of this - great for composting).
Shift help, contact Elaine Gomez
Plant/"Compost Material" Collection, contact Janice McPhillips
• 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…