• First Parish of Norwell
    Celebrating 375 years

  • Join Us
    for Worship Sunday 10 a.m.

  • Imagine a religion
    where inspiration comes from many spiritual sources

  • We are
    a Welcoming Church

  • We Value the
    Inherent Worth & Dignity of Every Person

  • Our goal:
    World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all.

  • We Respect
    the interdependent web of all existence

About Us

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for 375 years. Read More.


"In the bonds of fellowship and love, we unite to cultivate reverence, to promote spiritual growth and ethical commitment, to minister to each other's needs and to those of humanity, to celebrate the sacred moments of life's passage, and to honor the holiness at the heart of being." First Parish of Norwell Covenant


People of diverse beliefs gather as one faith. We aspire to create an extended spiritual family where young and old, Christian and non-christian, theist and humanist can offer each other mutual friendship and support in our common spiritual quest.


The Helen Fogg Service Committee coordinates efforts to reach our service goals by working with and contributing to already existing social justice and outreach efforts. Four areas of focus help to organize our work include: Neighbor to Neighbor, Sustainable Development, Education, and Human Rights.


Hurricanes Harvey and Irma - UUA - Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
If you've been wondering what you can do to help folks affected by Hurricane Harvey and/or Irma, wonder no more! The UUA has set up a way we can donate funds if we're able to help in that way.
Click here for Harvey!
Click here for Irma!

Who We Are

First Parish Norwell
Our 375th Anniversary Events and Activities! Click here

Minister - Reverend Lise Adams Sherry

Rev. Lise feels pastoral care and rites of passage make up one of the more sacred parts of ministry. During these times, Lise hopes people will trust her with their challenges and their joys. Lise has found that simply offering her presence can be one of the more empowering things she does as a minister.

Contact the Minister


Minister's Bio

Read more about Rev. Lise

Minister Emeritus - Rev. Richard M. Fewkes

Join Us for Sunday Services at 10 a.m.

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    September 10: Multigenerational Water Communion Service and Blessing of the Backpacks
    Remember to bring some water from a source that enriches your soul as we mingle our water once again to symbolize our wonderful community. We'll also wish our youth well as they begin another school year through a blessing of the backpacks.
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    September 17: Disabilities - Seen and Unseen (Outreach Sunday)
    We will recognize and install our wonderful religious education teachers for the year. This is also an Outreach Sunday. Money collected during our offering will go to The James Library for their accessibility renovation.
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    September 24: What Did You Do with Your $20? Scott Babcock, worship leader
    Remember last June when our Helen Fogg Service Committee gave each family $20? This service is dedicated to finding out all the wonderful helping and spiritually enriching ways that folks sent their $20 out into the world. After our service, join us for Coffee Hour hosted by and held at the James Library.
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    October 1: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of All
    Our first Unitarian Universalist principle calls on us to value all people. This can be difficult to put into action, especially if we disagree with someone’s opinion or they have committed acts that are difficult to forgive. Some in our movement would like us to extend this principle to all living beings, not just human. Is this our next step?

    Sign-up sheets have been posted in the Parish Hall for ushers, greeters, Coffee Hour hosts and pulpit arrangements. Please consider signing up now and giving us a head start for fall!


    The Church Office will reopen on Wednesday, September 6. Hope will be in the office Tuesday through Friday, and Donna will be in Tuesday and Thursday.

Request a membership Informational Packet! Click here