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.
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 the Meeting House.) July & August office hours: Thursdays from 9am - noon.
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, September 7
Our annual Homecoming Service will as always include our Water Communion ceremony. We are each invited to bring a small sample of water from some favorite summer place, as close as that cold refreshing water from the tap or a backyard stream, or as far away as travels may have taken us. We will pour our water into a single bowl to the accompaniment of gentle music projected scenes of rivers, lakes, and seas, thus symbolizing our re-gathering in community and our sharing in the community of life.
Sunday, September 14
"Shalom/Salaam/Peace" will be Ken's sermon.
Ken has recently returned from Israel. The occasion was for a gathering to celebrate his son Adam's marriage to Daniella this past spring, with Daniella's Israeli family and friends. Needless to say, the journey also offered much to ponder in relation to the ongoing conflict in Israel/Palestine. Is peace possible in this region which has known so much war, yet whose central city is named Jerusalem: "place of peace"?
Sunday, September 21Ken will be in New York City for the "People's Climate March" which is preceding upcoming United Nations climate talks. One of our Old Ship deacons will present Ken's sermon: "Why I Am in New York."
Sunday, September 28
In the midst of the Jewish High Holy Days, Ken's sermon will be "Blessings". Following the service, the Social Justice Council will host a forum to initiate our newly designated social justice focus on homelessness and hunger.
Our Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark, has stood on Hingham’s Main Street since 1681. From July 5 until August 29, the Meeting House will be open from 1pm - 4pm, with a guide available to give you a tour. It is the only Meeting House built in the 17th century in the United States that still exists. Drop in for 5 minutes or an hour… for a unique view of American history!
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Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
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