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.
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tours of Old Ship Meeting House
We love to give tours of Old Ship Church! 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.
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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.
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. 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.
Click here for more information about what to expect on Sunday morning.
upcoming worship services
Sunday, March 26, 10:25am
As Unitarian Universalist religious educator Sophia Fahs once wrote (you can find her words in our hymnbook), it really does matter what we believe, because "Some beliefs... encourage exclusiveness... and other beliefs are expansive and lead the way into wider and deeper sympathy..." Ken's sermon, titled "Theology Matters", will explore how our beliefs about God, life's meaning and purpose, and much else, effect how we choose to live our lives.
This sermon will serve as an introduction to the class that Diane Elliott will lead with Ken on "Building Your Own Theology" beginning on Wednesday, March 29, 7:00. See details below in the "Educating Minds and Hearts" section of our newsletter.
Moments from Merrie Market . . .
Banding Together - Youth Group Concert
March 25, 8pm, Fellowship Hall
Four Old Ship bands have been created with ages ranging over eighty years! Tickets are $5 with all proceeds to support the youth group service learning trip to Immokalee, Florida in April. Light snacks will be provided. Please come cheer these rockin' bands on and offer up your own solo act during the open mic!
Unitarian Universalist Association's New England's Regional Assembly -
April 21-22, 2017 in Woburn, MA
Your New England Region UUA is bringing us a unique opportunity to gather with New England Unitarian Universalists for a celebration of spirit. Worship with acclaimed liturgist-singer-music director Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and UU/UCC preacher Rev. Robin Bartlett. Sing with composer-musician-song leader Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. Attend a UUA Presidential Candidates Forum. Meet and greet your New England Region UUA staff, and choose from three workshops being offered. REGISTER: new-england.eventbrite.com Youth are welcome to participate; special rate for ages 12-19. Free child care available for ages 11 and under.
Check our our Life Learning classes. Check out the full schedule here.
.• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
Support Old Ship!
Old Ship is proud 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. Click here to donate to helping preserve the historic Old Ship Church including restoring our steeple.
Old Ship Youth need financial support for their service trip in April.
Family finances should not prevent UU Youth from service and learning opportunities. Hingham Massachusetts is a well-to-do community, but not everyone has the same resources. We want to assure that low-wealth teens can participate fully in our service and learning trip to Immokalee, Florida.
In April, Old Ship Youth Group will be traveling to work and learn with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; a week-long service/learning trip through the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice. Click here to learn more and support the youth.
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