what to expect on Sunday Morning
Please join us for a worship service on Sunday!
Erin Alix, our membership coordinator, is available at every Sunday worship service to offer assistance and answer questions. The Meeting House has a sound enhancement system and our facilities are wheelchair accessible. Some basic questions about our worship services are answered below. For more information, please contact our office during the week.
Nursery care is available across the street at the Parish House for all services. Child care begins at 10:15. For additional information about nursery care for babies and toddlers, and our religious education program for children and youth, please contact Beverly Tricco, our Director of Religious Education.
Some basic questions about our worship services:
When are worship services?
Sunday worship services are held every Sunday from the first Sunday in September after Labor Day through the third Sunday of June. We have one service each Sunday at 10:25 AM, which lasts approximately one hour.
Click here for a sample Order of Worship from a recent service.
Where are you located?
We are located at 90 & 107 Main Streets in Hingham.
The Meeting House, where worship services are held, is at 90 Main Street.
Children’s Religious Education, nursery care, bathrooms and coffee hour are all in the Parish House at 107 Main Street, across the street.
You can click here to get directions.
Where do I park, and what door should I enter?
You can park along Main Street on either side of the street, or along the circular driveway in front of the Parish House. There are also several smaller parking lots behind the Parish House. Handicapped parking at the Meeting House is located directly beside the main door; handicapped parking at the Parish House is located on the left side, near the Fellowship Hall door.
Enter the Meeting House through the door closest to the driveway. On Sunday morning, it is normally open and greeters are waiting for visitors. For those who have difficulty navigating stairs, there is a ramp toward the rear of the Meeting House that leads to a door with no stairs.
Following the service, please come across the street and join us for coffee, conversation, and various "second-hour" programs in Fellowship Hall. You can enter the Parish House through the front door or walk around the Parish House and use the last door to enter Fellowship Hall directly. This Fellowship Hall door is where the handicapped ramp is located.
Can I sit anywhere? Why are the pews numbered?!
The original pews were installed in 1755 (and reinstalled in 1930!). The numbers do not currently reserve pews for members. They are preserved as a unique historic record; you are welcome to sit in any pew, whether you are a first time visitor or have been coming for years.
What should I wear?
Our suggestion is to come however you are comfortable. You will see a wide range of styles of dress at our services, from jeans and sneakers to suits and dresses.
When there is an after-service event, or when the weather is bad, people often dress more casually. At traditionally important services such as Christmas and Easter, they often dress more formally. It's up to you.
How can I get more information?
Before and after any Sunday service there are members of the Members and Friends Committee at who can help you and or your children find your way, answer any questions, sign you up to receive our newsletter, or connect you with the Minister or the Director of Religious Education. At other times, you can call the church office (781-749-1679), or send us an inquiry by email.
Additional information about our denomination is available from the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations; at their web site, www.uua.org.
Do you ever cancel Sunday services?
On rare occasions Sunday services will be canceled when severe winter weather makes traveling unsafe. If you have questions about whether services are being held, please call the Church office at 781-749-1679 and listen to the voice message there.
Tell me more about Coffee Hour in the Parish House.
You are cordially invited to join us for coffee, tea and conversation in Fellowship Hall, located across the street in the Parish House, immediately following our Sunday service. "Coffee Hour" generally runs from 11:45 to 12:30, and is a great opportunity for members, friends and visitors to get to know each. Be sure to stop by the Members and Friends table for answers to any questions you might have about our congregation.
Are my children welcome to attend worship service with me?
We recognize that you may want to keep your child(ren) with you. Two rocking chairs are provided in the sanctuary for parents with infants. If you prefer, we have paid nursery care for infants and toddlers; children through age 3 can be dropped off at the nursery in the Parish House, beginning at 10:15 a.m., and should be picked up after worship, by 11:45 a.m.
Our Religious Education for Pre-K through Grade 12, takes place in the Parish House at the same time as the worship service. On most Sundays, children start the service in the sanctuary with us, and then leave with their teachers after the "Time for all ages".
If you're visiting Old Ship for the first time, and you are interested in children's programs, please let the greeters know, and they will introduce you to the Nursery care providers or the Sunday school teachers.
If your children will be attending Religious Education for the first time, please fill out a Guest Registration form to help us care for them safely.
(Please note that there is nursery care, but no R.E. classes during the 9:30 a.m. Summer Services.)
How do I learn more about Religious Education?
You will find information about our Religious Education programs on this website, under the "learning" drop-down tab.