Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
A special tradition of many decades, Old Ship hosts the Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving. It is sponsored by the Hingham Hull Religious Leaders Association and clergy and other religious leaders from a variety of congregations in Hull and Hingham participate in the service, including representatives from Congregation Sha'Aray Shalom, Temple Beth Sholom, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Glastonbury Abbey, Christ Church United Methodist, St. John's Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, Hingham Congregational Church, House of Prayer, Lutheran, First Church of Christ Scientist, First Parish in Hingham, Old Ship Church (Unitarian Universalist), Second Parish in Hingham (Unitarian Universalist), New North Church, the Bahai Faith, and the Wellspring Multi-Service Center in Hull. The offering is donated to charity.
On this festive night of the year, the Meeting House is filled to the rafters with family and friends in a service that has become a beloved tradition for many.
Old Ship Meeting House serves as the gathering point for the Town of Hingham's annual Lincoln Day celebration, honoring the colonial Hingham roots of Abraham Lincoln's family. Among other notable Lincolns, General Benjamin Lincoln, General George Washington's second-in-command and President Washington's Secretary of War, worshipped at Old Ship in the late 1700s. The colonial militia celebrates the day in mid-February with speeches, parades, and reenactments.