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.
tours of Old Ship Meeting House
We love to give tours! From September through June, tours are by appointment only. Please call the office in advance with a minimum of two days notice if at all possible. We have volunteer tour guides who are happy to come and give a tour. 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.
Contact information to arrange a tour:
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 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.
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 11
“Good News for Troubled Times” will be Ken’s sermon. Perhaps “the times” have always been troubled, but some “times” seem more troubled than others. These days we face many challenging issues as a nation and on the planet. Does Unitarian Universalism have a message that is in any way particularly suited to these times and our particular troubles and challenges? Do we have unique good news to offer our neighbors and the world?
Sunday, October 18
“Remembering the Future: Part 1” will be the first of a two-part sermon from Ken. How can we “remember the future”? Of course we can’t know with great specificity what the future will bring – whether in our personal lives or more broadly. But we do know that there will be a time that we now call “the future” that will someday be “the present” – and we do know that we have responsibilities for that someday time. This first part of this two-part sermon will focus on our personal and local responses to “remembering the future.” Following the service there will be a parish conversation in the Fellowship Hall concerning the future of our parish house.
Sunday, October 25
“Remembering the Future: Part 2”: Ken’s two-part sermon will conclude with reflections about our responses on a national and global level when we make the effort to “remember the future.”
Panel Discussion on Global Warming and Carbon Pricing – Oct. 15 at 7:30pm at First Parish, Old Ship Church.
Panelists will include: Marc Breslow, policy director for Climate XChange, whose mission “is to reduce global warming pollution and strengthen the economy through comprehensive market-based carbon pricing in Massachusetts”; Andre Martecchini, an engineer who has consulted with several South Shore towns about the serious effects climate change has had in this region; Launa Zimmaro, who, as energy and resource conservation specialist for the Massachusetts League of Women Voters, testified before the state legislature in favor of a carbon fee bill after studying the successful results in British Columbia, and Cathy Buckley, chairman of the Massachusetts chapter of the Sierra Club, the oldest and most effective environmental organization in the United States. A question and answer period will follow.
Coffeehouse presents Carlos Zalduondo and Friends on October 17 at 8pm. A great voice and a great presence, Puerto Rican-born Carlos has been thrilling South Shore audiences from the Old Ship Ceilidh to the Hull's Red Parrot with songs in Spanish and England and great guitar playing. His group featuring the UK born, Latin music oriented guitarist Danny Coyle just adds to the mix. Tickets are $15.
Click here to see a clip of them playing.
What If..an interactive workshop offered at Old Ship
Sunday, October 18 from 1pm-3pm in the Parish House Parlor.
What If something unexpected were to happen to you? Would your family know about your finances, your important documents (you have your important documents in place?) final wishes, family medical history? For just $25, (the cost of the workbook) workshop attendees will be led through the step of filling out the What If...Workbook, a fill in the blank organizational guide created by Scituate author Gwen Morgan, inspired by her work with hospice, the elderly, and personal experience.
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Old Ship Annual Fund Drive / Canvass
What does Old Ship mean to you? Please show your commitment to the Old Ship community by making a pledge of financial support.
Click here for the pledge card, letter and informational materials. Please return your pledge ASAP! Thank you.
meeting house preservation
Old Ship is proud to announce 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. You may read the full nominating document complete with photos describing the scope of the work done on the project here. Congratulations to everyone who worked on and supported this spectacular project!
Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…