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 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.
tours of Old Ship Meeting House
We love to give tours! From September through June, tours are by appointment only. Please call the office in advance with a minimum of two days notice if at all possible. We have volunteer tour guides who are happy to come and give a tour. 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.
Contact information to arrange a tour:
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 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.
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.
Click here for what to expect on Sunday
upcoming worship services
Summer Services are held beginning June 26 in the Parish House at 10:00 AM. They are lay-led services to which all are invited. Child care is provided. Come and join us in these meaningful services.
June 26 Rev. Ken Read-Brown - "As the Spirit Moves" - a mostly Quaker style service.
July 3 Old Ship member Diane Elliott
July 10 Old Ship member Anne McGuire
July 17 Carol Schuler : "Count Your Blessings"
Gratitude is needed for a happy life and spiritual health.
What are you grateful for?
July 24 Thu Hang "Escape From Viet Nam." My family and I ran for our lives when Saigon fell. We were “boat people” who drifted for days with a lot of people in a very small boat. Our love saw us through.
July 31 Fan Leonard
August 7 Elizabeth Torrey "Annual Poetry Service" Meaningful poetry shared with music.
August 14 Lera Chitwood "Scientific Soul Search"
Is there a "heaven" or a place that souls or consciousness goes after death of the body?
New scientific revelations further confuse as well as arouse curiosity about our continuing cosmic consciousness.
August 21 Dianne Morrison, Ginny Perelson , Kate Philbin. "Midlife Spirituality - Old Maps No Longer Work" (liberally based on themes discussed in Joyce Rupp’s Dear Heart Come Home).
August 28 To be announced
Sept 4 Mary Thomas "What does our Labyrinth mean?"
This ancient spiritual symbol/practice is found worldwide. Based on meditation , walking the spiral can encourage personal growth, well being. And — we have such a Labyrinth. And — you can use it!
.• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
meeting house preservation
Old Ship is proud to announce that the Meeting House Restoration Project completed in 2014 has received a significant award: The 2015 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award, given for Restoration and for Stewardship. You may read the full nominating document complete with photos describing the scope of the work done on the project here. Congratulations to everyone who worked on and supported this spectacular project!
Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…