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.
Mailing Address: 107 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Parish House Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm (Please note: the office is located in the Parish House, not the Meeting House.) July & August office hours: Thursdays from 9am - noon.
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 summer custom is to gather in the parlor of the Parish House for informal worship led by members of our congregation. The service begins at 10am.
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.
Click here for what to expect on Sunday
All summer services (except July 20) are held at 10:00 am in the Parish House Fellowship Hall at 107 Main Street.
July 27 Rich Elliott Prayer and Meditation
August 3 Rick Mattila
Reflections On Our Natural World Connections
August 10 Elizabeth Torrey
20th year summer poetry service
August 17 Abby Diamond-Kissiday TBA
August 24 Ralph Brown
Genealogy and the Interconnected Web
August 31 Jane Malme and her daughter and daughter-in-law
Tales of Love, Activism and Marriage
Our Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark, has stood on Hingham’s Main Street since 1681. From July 5 until August 29, the Meeting House will be open from 1pm - 4pm, with a guide available to give you a tour. It is the only Meeting House built in the 17th century in the United States that still exists. Drop in for 5 minutes or an hour… for a unique view of American history!
• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
Demonstration in support of housing immigrant children in Massachusetts
Saturday, August 2nd, 11am to 1pm at the Orleans/Eastham rotary, Rt 6 on the Cape. More info 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…