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.
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:
We are happy to give tours! Tours are by appointment only. Please call the office in advance with a minimum of two days notice if at all possible. 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
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm
(Please note: the church office is not located inside the historic Old Ship Church. It is in a separate building across the street.)
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.
Our Sunday worship service from September through June, 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.
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upcoming worship services
Sunday, December 21
Would you like to be a wise one from afar... or perhaps a shepherd... or maybe an angel...?
Well, our Christmas Pageant will offer the opportunity for anyone who wishes, whatever your age, to participate. We will welcome into our hearts the layers of meaning within the timeless nativity story, preparing room for the rebirth of love in our lives and in the world.
Along the way we'll sing Christmas carols and enjoy music of the season from the choir loft.
Our annual Christmas Eve service will as always be at 5:00. Old-timers know to arrive no later than 4:30 in order to have a choice of pews; the Meeting House will fill early and quickly with people and with Christmas spirit.
We will listen to Christmas readings traditional and not so traditional, enjoy beautiful music from an expanded choir and a brass choir, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy a story for Christmas Eve from Ken. The Christmas Eve offering will be divided among the UU Service Committee, UU Urban Ministry, and Father Bill's and Mainspring.
Childcare for the very young will be offered in our Parish House by generous volunteers from our friends at Congregation Sha'aray Shalom at the other end of Main Street.
Sunday, December 28
This will be our annual New Year's service held in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited to gather for a light breakfast (including Ken's famous homemade granola!) at 9:30, followed by the service of shared readings at 10:30. Everyone is invited to bring a favorite reading, poetry or prose, that speaks to you as we approach the turning of the year.
Seasonal Vespers Services
Our Old Ship tradition continues of vespers services on Wednesday evenings between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Led by Ken Read-Brown, each service is held at 6:30, and includes a blend of readings, music, and silence all in a dimly lit Old Ship Meeting House.
All are welcome! And if you'd like to participate by reading a selection or sharing music, contact Ken at email@example.com or 781-749-1679. (Following each vespers will be a conversation at 7:30 in the Parish House parlor on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount - details are elsewhere in the newsletter and on our web site.)
Winter Solstice Poetry Circle on Friday
Friday, December 19, at 7pm, in the Meeting House
This season's Crossing Time is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year which heralds the return of light. Leave the busyness of the holiday rush and come share and replenish creative energy. Bring a poem to read or speak or simply come and listen. The choral quintet Crossroads will perform some winter carols and poetry set to music. Come and bring a friend. All are welcome. For more information contact: Elizabeth Torrey 781-749-0543.
Dec. 21 - Aine Minogue in the Sanctuary
Aine’s renowned harp playing, her beautiful, nearly ethereal voice and her sometimes enchanting guests have made this sell-out event the high point of five recent seasons. From her time as harpist in residence at Ireland’d Bunratty Castle to her playing and teaching here, Aine only gets better. This time she will be playing in the Old Ship Church’s beautiful and evocative sanctuary.
SAVE THE DATE: JANUARY 10, 2015 at 5:30 PM FELLOWSHIP HALL
SUP' & MINGLE, FOLKS!
The Board of Trustees invites everyone to an evening out, all ages. Please bring
a dish to share and join with friends as we start out the New Year in community.
We will have a short presentation on our community’s priorities, opportunities, and challenges. There is a lot going on in 2015…
Hope to see you there!
Bring New Mittens on Sunday!
We will be collecting new hats, scarves, and mittens for the homeless during December. Please bring items to Sunday Services. There will also be a collection area at the Parish House. All sizes needed.
• 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…