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. Please call the office in advance. 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
Parish House Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm (Please note: the office is located in the Parish House, not inside Old Ship Church the Meeting House.)
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, September 21 Ken will be in New York City for the "People's Climate March" which is preceding upcoming United Nations climate talks. One of our Old Ship deacons will present Ken's sermon: "Why I Am in New York."
Sunday, September 28
In the midst of the Jewish High Holy Days, Ken's sermon will be "Blessings". Following the service, the Social Justice Council will host a forum to initiate our newly designated social justice focus on homelessness and hunger.
Autumnal Equinox Poetry Circle meets Monday at 7:30pm in Nursery
Please join us in continuing celebration of Crossing Time Poetry Circles at Old Ship. Bring a friend and a poem - seasonal or inspirational - , or simply come and listen. Your mind will quicken, your heart will feel nourished, your spirit will be lifted. All are welcome. For more info: Elizabeth Torrey, 781-749-0543, firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Justice Forum: Homelessness and Hunger
Sunday 9/28 at 12 noon in the Parlor
Interested in Social Justice issues? Join us to initiate Old Ship’s new social justice focus on those affected by homelessness and hunger. We will talk together about what draws us to these areas of concern; how we or those we know have been involved with these issues in the past; and how would we like to learn more about the issues that impact those who are homeless and experiencing hunger.
• 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…