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 Meeting House built in the 17th century in the United States that still exists. Daily tours begin on July 5 from 1pm - 4pm.
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. Our community is both a "Welcoming Congregation" and a "Green Sanctuary", both official designations from the Unitarian Universalist Association, of which we are very proud.
Tours of Old Ship Church:
Tours are by appointment only. Please call the office in advance. 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.
Mailing Address: 107 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Parish House Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm (Please note: the office is located in the Parish House, not inside Old Ship Church the Meeting House.)
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 June, our Sunday worship service is held in the Meeting House at 90 Main St. It 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.
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upcoming worship services
Sunday, October 5
Ken’s sermon will be “A Faith for These Times – or Any Time”. In what ways can the faith we call Unitarian Universalism soothe our spirits in hard times, nourish our souls any time, and help us along the way of life whatever life brings?
At noon in the parlor of the Parish House, all are invited to a “New UU” forum. Though this forum is specially designed for newcomers to Unitarian Universalism and/or Old Ship, it can also serve as a refresher for long time members… and an opportunity for old-timers to meet newcomers. All are welcome!
Sunday, October 9
“We’re All Cousins” will be Ken’s sermon.
On Columbus Day weekend and in an era of stark divisions in our nation and in the world, it seems worth reminding ourselves just how closely related we all are. This sermon is adapted from a talk Ken presented to the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society this past summer on Clark Island, one of the Pilgrims’ early landing sites.
Sunday, October 19
Ken will be exchanging pulpits with Rev. Pamela Barz, minister at First Parish UU Church in Scituate. Her sermon will be “Our Vampires, Our Faith.” What do the undead have to say to the living? A sermon for the Halloween season.
Pamela is in her second year as the minister in Scituate. Before coming to Scituate, she served as the UU Chaplain at Wellesley College and in settled and interim ministry in Massachusetts and Maine. She was raised in the Unitarian Church in Montclair, New Jersey, and currently lives in Scituate with her husband and their twin sons.
Sunday, October 26
Old Shippers remember Mary Niles with fondness and appreciation. Mary died several years ago, and had been an Old Ship member for five or six decades. She was generous in many ways, living up to her personal mantra: “Heed the Generous Impulse.” Which gives Ken his sermon title for this week. Well, easy enough to say. But how do we learn to live in that spirit? And why should we?
The Social Justice Council will be hosting a forum at noon. At 1:00 singers of all kinds are invited to join Ken at Harbor House Nursing Home to sing to the residents up and down the halls, as we did on two occasions last year. Songbooks will be provided, and we will provide the spirit!
Sunday, October 5, 4pm in the Meeting House.
Candlelight Concerts presents:
Brass music from Renaissance to swing and jazz.
• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…