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.
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tours of Old Ship Meeting House
We love to give tours of Old Ship Church! 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.
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. 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.
Click here for more information about what to expect on Sunday morning.
upcoming worship services
Sunday, April 30
“We Are Marching” will be Ken’s sermon, coming the day after the Climate March on Washington and many other marches and rallies across the country and around the world.
Poetry Reading Sat, April 29th, 7 PM Parish Hall. The congregation and friends are cordially invited to an evening of poetry, reflection, and conversation with Gordon Postill. Gordon is a retired minister and chaplain to hospice patients. He now presents a 90 minute recitation of poems from memory followed by reflections from the audience. This is a non-traditional poetry reading which touches heart and spirit, priming the pump for contemplation of what really matters.
Candlelight Concerts Welcomes back Strange Interlude, April 30 at 4 PM
The Candlelight Concert series will conclude its 43rd season of concerts with a performance by Strange Interlude, a harp and cello duo, on Sunday, April 30th at 4:00. Based in the Boston area, Strange Interlude was founded by harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein who have been performing together since 2007. As both a duo and larger ensemble, Press and Linn-Gerstein design intimate salon-style concerts with programs that are carefully curated to include seldom-performed works, pieces by contemporary composers as well as transcriptions and arrangements for their unique instrumentation. The concert is presented free of charge; donations are gladly accepted.
May Breakfast - May 6, 2017
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.
Unitarian Universalist Association's New England's Regional Assembly -
April 21-22, 2017 in Woburn, MA
Your New England Region UUA is bringing us a unique opportunity to gather with New England Unitarian Universalists for a celebration of spirit. Worship with acclaimed liturgist-singer-music director Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and UU/UCC preacher Rev. Robin Bartlett. Sing with composer-musician-song leader Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. Attend a UUA Presidential Candidates Forum. Meet and greet your New England Region UUA staff, and choose from three workshops being offered. REGISTER: new-england.eventbrite.com Youth are welcome to participate; special rate for ages 12-19. Free child care available for ages 11 and under.
Check our our Life Learning classes. Check out the full schedule here.
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Support Old Ship!
Old Ship is proud 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. Click here to donate to helping preserve the historic Old Ship Church including restoring our steeple.
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