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 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 former ministerial 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.
Click here for more information about what to expect on Sunday morning.
upcoming worship services
Worship services are in the historic meeting house located at 90 Main Street. Service starts at 10: 25 am.
Sunday, September 22, 10:25am
"Who Are We?" will be Ken's sermon. We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation. What does that mean? How do we understand the religious quest for meaning - in these times or at any time? What is the relevance of our UU religious path in relation to the wider world in which we live?
In part, this sermon will serve as an introduction to Ken's class (beginning Wednesday, Sept. 25) also titled "Who Are We?" Details about the class can be found elsewhere in the newsletter.
Sunday, September 29, 10:25am
Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday will be on October 2. Is his message of "satagraha" (literally "truth force") and non-violent resistance - inspired by the Bhagavad Gita and the Sermon on the Mount, still relevant? Do we in fact need his message more today than ever? Ken's sermon will be: "The Force of Truth."
Old Ship's Annual Food Drive to benefit the Hingham Food Pantry on Sunday Sept. 22 at Stop and Shop in Hingham
Volunteers are needed to help collect donations of non-perishable foods for the Hingham Food Pantry. Shifts are from 12-2 or 2-4 p.m. This is an intergenerational activity! Volunteers stand at the entrances, hold signs, offer "shopping lists" of items needed by the pantry, collect donations and box them for delivery to the Food Pantry. Contact Davalene Cooper during Fellowship Hour or at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Help us restock the Hingham Food Pantry! And remember to bring your own donations for the food pantry every time you come to the Meeting House or the Parish House!
Autumnal Equinox Poetry Circle
Monday, September 23ed 7 PM in the Parish House nursery. Autumn officially begins this year at 3:50 AM on September 23ed. Come celebrate the 24th year of Poetry Circles at Old Ship.
Bring a friend and a fall poem to share or one that has been a source of inspiration or hope in your life.
All are welcome with or without a poem.
"Preach away cricket; I know it's autumn".
For more info: Elizabeth Torrey (781-749-0543.
We are in search of a new Music Director. For more information, please click here.
Support Old Ship
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Old Ship is proud that the Meeting House Restoration Project completed in 2014 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 the current major project: restoring its steeple.
Curious about the early history of Old Ship Meeting House and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…