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.
Address: 107 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm (Please note: the office is located in the Parish House, not 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.
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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Sunday, March 9
Our annual UU Union Service will be held at Old Ship this year. We will be worshipping with members of Second Parish in Hingham, and First Parish churches in Cohasset, Scituate, and Norwell. The theme of this year's service is "Love Reaches Out." This is also the theme of this year's UU General Assembly to be held at the end of June in Providence, Rhode Island.
Ministers, music directors, and choirs from all the churches will lead the service and the music. Children are invited to a hike at World's End - and as always are welcome to the Meeting House for the service. The annual UU Union offering will be given to North and South Rivers Watershed Association (www.nsrwa.org).
Sunday, March 16
Old Ship's pledge drive begins - all the more reason to come to church!
What does Old Ship mean to each of us? Is the importance of Old Ship in our lives reflected in the various ways we share our time, talents, and financial resources? Ken's sermon will be "What a Difference a Pledge Makes."
Sunday, March 23
Ken's sermon: "From Whence Does My Help Come?" It is commonly said that "it is more blessed to give than to receive" - yet at the same time it is sometimes harder to graciously receive gifts of caring attention than to give those gifts. Ken will reflect on this circle of giving and receiving in which we live every day, and in particular as many experience it when that circle is about adult children tending to the needs of their aging parents.
The Pastoral Care Leadership Team will host a forum conversation at noon in the parlor on caring for our aging parents. What are the challenges and gifts in caring for our parents as they face the infirmities that often come with aging? What questions should be addressed?
Sunday, March 30
This being human is sometimes wonderful, sometimes hard, sometimes simply strange. Yet though have no choice as to whether to be a human being or not, we do have a choice as to what sort of human being we are or seek to be. Ken's sermon will be "Learning to Be Who We Are."
Cupcakes with a Cause: Sunday, March 2 Buy (and/or bake) homemade cupcakes during coffee hour to fund education projects in Massachusetts! More info here.
Social Justice Film Series: The Graduates
Friday, March 14 @ 7 pm in the Parish House
More info here.
Life Learning Class: Alternative Health Perspectives begins Feb 28. 4 Friday sessions.
More info here.
Saturday, April 5 @ 7 pm in the Parish House
A goods & services Fundraising Auction & Party
to benefit Old Ship. Save the Date!!!
• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
General Assembly (GA) is LOCAL this year! Join thousands of fellow UUs to worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for our governing body, the Unitarian Universalist Association, through democratic process. This year's theme is Love Reaches Out. June 25 - 29 in Providence, RI. More info 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…