The work of Old Ship Church is organized around five ministries:
Nourishing the Spirit
Educating Hearts and Minds
Each ministry is composed of a council and several committees. Committees are a great way to become involved in the Old Ship community... making friends around a common purpose, growing our spirit, and creating a vibrant community together.
Here is a list of committees, organized by ministry, and their contact persons.
Nourishing the Spirit…
Offering meaningful and beautiful opportunities to soothe and to grow the spirit
website editor: Pat Bianco & Ken Read-Brown
Worship and Music Committee
Assists in creation and implementation of meaningful services and events that nourish the spirit, educate, and transform. Sunday services, chalice lighting, annual talent show, etc. Contact person: Pat Bianco
Coordinates flowers used for Sunday services, in the Meeting House. Donors may provide their own flower arrangements or, for $50, have the committee provide an arrangement. Contact person: Sharon Prehn
Candlelight Concerts Committee
Presents approximately three professional musical performances annually, in the Meeting House on Sunday afternoons, offered to the public without an admission charge. The concerts are funded by Friends of the Candlelight Concert and grants as well as free-will offerings collected at each concert. Contact person: Chris Sullivan
Coordinates dancing around the labyrinth, in the Fellowship Hall. Dancing takes place on many Tuesday nights, 7:30-8:30 PM. Check calendar for which Tuesdays. Mindful walking takes place seasonally or can be arranged for a group. Musicians and/or poetry readers welcome to participate, as well as walkers and dancers. Contact person: Mary Thomas
Educating Hearts and Minds…
Offering paths to all ages for fuller understanding of ourselves, our faith, our world
website editor: Bev Tricco
Children’s Religious Education Committee
Creates a meaningful community for children that values individuals and awakens their sense of wonder, reverence and self-awareness through fellowship, worship, education, and service. Supports Director of Religious Education. Contact people:
Provides, for middle school and high school age youth, opportunities for religious growth and learning, social programs with peers and with adults, worship and spiritual exploration and expression, service and social action experiences, experiences in self-governance and leadership development, respectful and empowering youth/adult relationships. Multiple offerings including events, trips, participation in church-wide activities, etc. Contact person: Sarah Hurley
Adult Programs Committee
Encourages spiritual growth and learning through afternoon and evening classes. Offerings range from explorations of the world's religions to poetry, yoga and much more. For adults, open to the public. Contact people: Elizabeth Torrey
Offering all a warm welcome, loving support, and a path to deep engagement with the Old Ship community.
website editor: Janet Asnes
Greets visitors to Old Ship, welcomes and integrates new members into our congregation. Staffs the Members and Friends table at Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall, helps keep the directory up to date, etc. Contact person: Erin Alix
Pastoral Care Team
Works with the minister to coordinate and to provide pastoral care and outreach to members of our community who are in need, particularly parishioners who may be ill or housebound. Encourages congregation to all be part of the team. Offers events such as annual Remembrance Service, and pastoral visiting workshops. Contact person: Ken Read-Brown
Community Events Committee
Coordinates recurring and one-time special events to build community. Includes some fundraising. Events include annual Merrie Market, Auction, May Breakfast, rummage sales, etc. Encourages meeting folks and having fun. Contact person: Diane Elliott
Updates and manages traditional and electronic means of communications including newsletters, emails, the web site, and the Facebook page. Website editors manage each ministry, and include: Pat Bianco, Julianna Dunn, Elaine Gomez, Pam Harty, Brenda Black, Bev Tricco.
Contact person: Nina Price
Mobilizing the community to serve others, to make a better world through unified, focused, and long term congregation-wide commitments, and to strengthen our denominational relationships.
Social Action Committee
Leads and coordinates various efforts to improve Homelessness, coordinates with the congregatin a multi-year community-wide focus for our social justice activities. Selects monthly special plate offering recipient(s). Contact person: Brenda Black, Ginny Perelson
Social Outreach Committee
Manages the annual process of evaluating and distributing grants financed from interest earned on invested funds especially dedicated for this purpose. Contact person:
UU Service Committee (UUSC) Representative
Acts as liaison to Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Provides leadership for Old Ship’s efforts in supporting the UUSC, including ongoing congregational education, Social Justice Sunday, etc. Contact person: Davalene Cooper
UU Urban Ministry
Acts as liaison to Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry which has been working side-by-side with Boston’s urban communities to create opportunities and to instill hope for a brighter future. Fundraising for Renewal House, etc.
Contact person :Pam Harty
Green Sanctuary Committee
Coordinates activities that focus on the theological, spiritual, and ethical aspects of humankind that affect the sustainability of the living earth. Raises awareness of sustainable practices. Contact person: Turner Bledsoe
Father Bill’s Support Group
Coordinates schedule of regular volunteer teams to prepare and to serve dinners at Father Bill’s, a homeless shelter in Quincy. Also organizes occasional clothing collections. Contact person: Fan Leonard, 781-749-2852
Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry Group
Collects and delivers non-perishable food items to Hingham Food Pantry at Second Parish, UU, Main St., Hingham. Contact person: Belinda Arams, Brenda Black
Coffeehouse Off the Square
Arranges and publicizes monthly performances of various folk singers in the Parish House. Saturday night performances are open to the public. Provides and sells snacks and beverages during intermission. Great entertainment. All profits benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Performance schedules, click here. Contact person: Jim Watson
Strengthening the human, physical, and financial resources entrusted to us.
website editor: Nina Price
Finance Committee/Stewardship Council
Works with the Treasurer to advise the Board of Trustees on all matters pertaining to the overall and ongoing financial health of the Parish. Bryan Hurley
Trustees of Invested Funds
Invests the funds of the Parish (the endowment and other gifts) and pays the income or portion thereof, as may be determined by the Board of Trustees, to the Treasurer, for use in annual operations of the Parish. Elected by congregation.
Pledge Campaign Team
Develops approach, messaging, and materials in concert with the Board and conducts the annual pledge drive. Pledge monies provide the majority of funds used to run operations, and are critical to the financial stability of the Parish.
Buildings and Grounds Committee
Inspects the condition of the Parish’s buildings and grounds and makes recommendations to the Board with respect to repairs and improvements. Also supervises the performance of such work. Contact person:
Friends of the Meeting House
Helps to preserve the Meeting House. As a National Historical Landmark, the Meeting House is recognized as a significant part of both Hingham’s and America’s heritage. The Friends are a separate non-profit organization that works closely with First Parish to preserve the Meeting House by promoting a secular message that connects the wider community to our unique, historic building.
Contact person: John LaPann
Memorial Garden Committee
Manages the Old Ship Memorial Garden, next to the Meeting House, which serves as the repository for ashes and as a place to memorialize family members buried elsewhere. Internment in the garden is available only to Church Members and Friends and to their families. Includes gardening duties for historically appropriate flowers and plants. Contact person: Lorraine Riggs
Grant-seeking Team (GASP)
Identifies and evaluates grant opportunities for the Board. Develops and shepherds submissions. Contact person: Tom Willson
Oversees annual performance review of staff. Board members and officers act as liaison for our paid staff. Contact person: Janet Asnes
Unitarian Universalist Affairs
Apprises the community about issues and actions of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the local regional Ballou-Channing District.
Committees whose works spans the ministries...
Board of Trustees
Sets policy for community, including management of annual budget, of all governance issues, and of all resources to ensure long term health of community. Works closely with Minister and staff. Solicits congregational input on organizational priorities and issues. Meets first Thursday of every month (7 PM), in the Parish House and all meetings are open to everyone. Four officers and six trustees-at-large are elected by congregation at Annual Meeting (third Sunday in May) for one year terms (officers) and staggered three year terms(trustees-at-large). Click here for more information.
Supports Minister and/or community members in times of need. Disburses interest from Deacons’ investment fund for discretionary use by Minister for pastoral emergencies. Ensures Worship Services are managed when Minister is absent or on sabbatical. Five members are selected by congregation. Click here for more information.
Committee on Ministry
Supports Minister and congregation through monthly review of all ministries. Six members, staggered three year terms. Contact person: Michael Mercurio
Proposes slate of candidates, at Annual Meeting in May, to fill elected positions in governance such as Board of Trustees and Trustees of Invested Funds. Contact person: Davalene Cooper