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.
Click here for what to expect on Sunday
upcoming worship services
Sunday, April 24
Two days after Earth Day, and near the outset of Passover, Ken's sermon will be: "After All I've Done for You!"
April 24th is 'Celebrate Everyone's Birthday Day' here at Old Ship! We will be celebrating all twelve months worth of birthday's--all in one day! During Coffee Hour please find your birthday month, listed on a sign on a table in the Parish Hall, and sit with your fellow members and friends who share it.
Special Parish Meeting
May 1, 2016 at noon in Fellowship Hall
Members and friends, please join us for this important vote on the future of the Parish House. Read the complete warrant article here.
May Breakfast and Plant Sale
May 7, 2016 7:30am - 1:00pm
A long-time tradition, May Breakfast features a pancake, egg and sausage breakfast (7:30-11) as well as a vibrant spring plant sale with garden-related crafts & manure! People from throughout Hingham enjoy a morning of good food and company while welcoming the rites of spring.
Old Ship Book Group
Monday, May 9 at 1:00 and 7:00 pm
We'll discuss the 2015 National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a powerful and moving depiction of what it means to be a black man in America today. This group will meet monthly, but you may attend as you are able. Occasionally, it will be open to our South Shore neighbors: please invite your friends to join us for this thought-provoking discussion!
First Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 15 at noon
Candlelight Concert presents:
The Claremont Trio
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 4pm
Music for piano, cello and violin. Founded at Juilliard in 1999, the Claremont Trio opened the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum's concert hall and performed here previously, in 2014.
Click here to see a video.
.• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
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…