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.
What are Unitarian Universalists? click here.
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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.
In July and August, the Meeting House will be open daily from 1pm - 4pm.
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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.
From the end of June through Labor Day, worship is in the Parish House at 10am on Sunday mornings.
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
Summer services are at 10am in the Parish House at 107 Main Street.
Sunday, June 25 - 10 am - Parish House
This will be our first "summer service" held in the Fellowship Hall of the Parish House. It will be led by Ken Read-Brown following the practice of Quaker meeting for worship: Gathering in silence and sharing messages as the spirit moves. All are - of course - welcome!
July 2 Rick Butterworth Title: The Other U in UU or, Are you Going To Hell? From whence Universalism came, how it evolved, and where it went.
July 9 Jeff Lee and Elizabeth Ding Wilding Smith " 'Till Death Do Us Part': The Keys to a Long, Happy Marriage"
July 16 Elizabeth Torrey Summer Poetry Service
July 23 Jim Livingston and Sherry Penney Livingston - "American Identity: A Majority of Minorities" Demographic and cultural changes have been intensifying polarization in America. What can be done to make e pluribus more unum?
July 30 Stacy Miller "Nature Nurtures" Looking closer, digging deeper.
August 6 Karen Churchill "Synchronicity" Does it play a role in your life?
August 13 Susan MacMillan Kains "Nature and Revelation"
August 20 Nina Price, "Shall We Go Above and Beyond?" Should we always do our best?
August 27 Chris Hossfeld "The Meaning of Music" How does music change the worship experience? How does worship change music?
August 30, Wednesday evening, 7:00PM - Parish House. Mary Thomas - "The Story and Use of the Ancient Labyrinth."
September 3 Pat Bianco "Hokey Pokey Philosophy: Psychological Dancing." This service will be in the Parlor.
Story Slam: Story Telling for Adults
Tuesday, July 25, 6:45pm, Old Ship Parish House, Fellowship Hall
Similar to the popular public radio storytelling program, this event invites anyone who wants to tell a five minute story to get up in front of a mic and speak. Stories are told, not read. No notes. All stories should be rated PG, no graphic violence. Free, but donations are welcome. Questions? Contact Pat Bianco at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check our our Life Learning classes. Check out the full schedule here.
.• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
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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