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 30 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.
What are Unitarian Universalists? click here.
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tours of Old Ship Meeting House
We love to give tours of the
Old Ship Meeting House!
From September 1 - June, we are happy to give tours, but kindly request two days notice in order to arrange a volunteer tour guide. Please call 781-749-1679 or email the office to schedule a tour. Please note: Old Ship Church is not open unless there is a tour scheduled.
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MINISTER'S BLOG: Musings etc.
SERMON ARCHIVES: read Ken's sermons here
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Curious about the early history of Old Ship and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…
We are very pleased to welcome you to Old Ship. We want you to feel comfortable among us. For a glimpse into our congregation, please watch this introduction to Old Ship Church, a video put together by our student minister intern, Dave Egan. Enjoy!
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. You can park along Main Street on either side of the street, or along the circular driveway in front of the Parish House. The Meeting House is handicapped-accessible. A few handicapped-accessible spaces are located at the top of the circular drive in front of the Meeting House. Childcare, located in the Parish House, is available before and during Sunday services.
Our Parish House, where we hold religious education classes, child care, fellowship hour, meetings, the office, etc. is across Main Street from the Meeting House at 107 Main St. It is handicapped-accessible, with parking spaces and the entrance on the left side.
Click here for more information about what to expect on Sunday morning.
upcoming worship services
Sunday, April 29, 10:25am
Ken's sermon for our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's "Justice Sunday" will be "One Day at a Time... Especially in These Times." Ken writes: "My intention in this sermon will be to offer a
sort of coda to Earth Day in this time of critical climate change threats that might also be of use as
we navigate our lives at any time."
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Sylvia Berry and the Berry Collective
The Berry Collective, curated by fortepianist Sylvia Berry, assembles some of the finest musicians across the early music spectrum to perform 18th- and early 19th-century chamber music on period instruments. The aim is to perform rarely heard gems and well-loved masterworks alike, from Schobert to Schubert. Music from this period (mid 1700’s to mid-1800’s) is rarely performed on period instruments in the US, and it is a joy to introduce audiences to the instruments and performance practices of this era.
May Breakfast - Saturday, May 5, 7:30am-1pm
A long-time tradition, May Breakfast, generally held the first Saturday in May, features a pancake, egg and sausage breakfast as well as a vibrant spring plant sale. People from throughout Hingham enjoy a morning of good food and company while welcoming the rites of spring.
Support Old Ship
Old Ship is proud that the Meeting House Restoration Project completed in 2014 received a significant award: The 2015 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award, given for Restoration and for Stewardship. Click here to donate to helping preserve the historic Old Ship Church, including the current major project: restoring its steeple.
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Celebrating Ken's 30th anniversary
Hear the choir sing "The Mild-Mannered Preacher"