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.
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upcoming worship services
Sunday, November 23
As Thanksgiving approaches, Ken's sermon will be "Why Say Thank You?"
Guest at Your Table materials will be handed out as part of the service, in support of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's human rights programs.
And this will be our annual Community Day! Following a tradition of many years, our service will be followed by a free (yes FREE) pizza lunch, courtesy of a generous anonymous donor. Then, if you are able to stay awhile longer there will be tasks for the doing: Raking and yard clean-up, garage clean-out, and preparing our annual fundraising mailing to support the Renewal House program of the UU Urban Ministry. Come for as long as you can for good food, good work, and good community spirit.
Wednesday, November 26
The annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Hingham Hull Religious Leaders Association, will as always be held in our Old Ship Meeting House.
In these times when religious discord may seem to far outweigh religious harmony, this service is a powerful reminder of all that we share as faith communities. Participants include clergy and lay leaders from most of the Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish congregations in Hingham and Hull. An interfaith choir will be led by our own Berni Nadeau. The offering will be given to the Wellspring Multi-Service Center in Hull.
Sunday, November 30
This will be the annual pulpit exchange between Old Ship and First Parish in Cohasset. Rev. Jill Cowie will be preaching here at Old Ship, while Ken journeys to Cohasset to preach there. Jill's sermon will be "Coming Back to Life" an exploration into the spiritual practice of forgiveness.
We will be collecting new hats, scarves, and mittens for the homeless during December. Please bring items to Sunday Services. There will also be a collection area at the Parish House. All sizes needed.
Merrie Market is Saturday, December 6. 9am - 2:30pm
Fresh wreaths beautifully decorated, unique treasures, baked goods, silent auction, gingerbread house, books, toys and enjoy lunch.
• 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…