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 30 years.
Our Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark, has stood on Hingham’s Main Street since 1681. It is the only remaining 17th-century Puritan meeting house in the U.S.
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. We are proud that our community is both a "Welcoming Congregation" and a "Green Sanctuary," both official designations from the Unitarian Universalist Association. We cherish diversity of religious backgrounds, racial and cultural identities or backgrounds, ethnicities, national origins, ages, ranges of ability, sexual orientations, gender expressions, financial means, educations, and political perspectives. We welcome all to share in congregational life.
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tours of Old Ship Meeting House
We love to give tours of the
Old Ship Meeting House!
From September 1 - June, we are happy to give tours, but kindly request two days notice in order to arrange a volunteer tour guide. Please call 781-749-1679 or email the office to schedule a tour. Please note: Old Ship Church is not open unless there is a tour scheduled.
From July 5-August 31, the Old Ship Church will be open for tours from 1pm-4pm daily.
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MINISTER'S BLOG: Musings etc.
SERMON ARCHIVES: read Ken's sermons here
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Curious about the early history of Old Ship and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…
We are very pleased to welcome you to Old Ship. We want you to feel comfortable among us. For a glimpse into our congregation, please watch this introduction to Old Ship Church, a video put together by our student minister intern, Dave Egan. Enjoy!
From September through mid June, our worship service, held in the Meeting House at 90 Main St., begins promptly at 10:25 am and lasts about an hour. You can park along Main Street on either side of the street, or along the circular driveway in front of the Parish House. The Meeting House is handicapped-accessible. A few handicapped-accessible spaces are located at the top of the circular drive in front of the Meeting House. Childcare, located in the Parish House, is available before and during Sunday services.
Our Parish House, where we hold religious education classes, child care, fellowship hour, meetings, the office, etc. is across Main Street from the Meeting House at 107 Main St. It is handicapped-accessible, with parking spaces and the entrance on the left side.
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upcoming worship services
Summer Worship Services
In the summer, worship services move over to Fellowship Hall and begin at 10am. There are no religious education classes, but children are welcome. Nursery care is provided. Please call Pat Bianco 617-774-7474 for details to double-check on availability.
July 15 - Sarah Hurley: "Purpose for Your Passion"
Your passion is what brings you joy and makes you feel most alive and is necessary to one's vitality. How do we unearth our buried passion and sustain it amidst the busyness of life?
July 22 - Rick Mattila "The web and origin of life on earth: a journey of discovery"
July 29 - Karen Churchill: "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bees but Were Afraid to Ask." A spiritual journey into sustainability.
August 5 - Mid Walsh "Return To Poetry" "In my life, the gifts of love, music, and poetry have vanished then reappeared. I've come 'full helix,' returning to the same place, but at a different altitude."
August 12 - Tom Willson: "Old Ship Restoration: A Religious Experience"
August 19 - Elizabeth Torrey: "Annual Summer Poetry Service"
August 26 - James Chen: "The Finger and the Moon: Art, Poetry, and the Philosophy of Life"
September 2 - Jin Kim: "From Korea to Boston's South Shore: How a boy from Seoul, Korea became a professional orchestra conductor." What experiences shaped him? This service will be in the Meeting House.