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Weddings and Ceremonies
Are you looking for a welcoming location for your special event? Consider First Parish of Norwell. Our beautiful and historic meeting house, built in 1830, and our adjoining Parish Hall and Fogg Parlor are available and handicapped accessible. The meeting house has a long center aisle and is well lit by daytime sunshine or evening chandelier & candles. Organ, piano, & harpsichord as well as a sound system are available. More info....
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New Committee for Legacy Giving has been established. View Guidelines for Legacy Giving here.
The Parsonage Remodeling Project
See the transformation. Click here for photos.
First Parish of Norwell
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 over 360 years.
Sunday Service 10 a.m.
June 21: Lessons Learned at Norwell
While it is Father's Day, Rev. Len will talk about his lessons learned. This service will include a dedication of Jim and Marie Miller's grandchildren. If any other families which to join them contact the minister.
June 28: GA Annual Worship Service
Rev. Alison Miller will lead the worship service. Rev. Miller is a lifelong UU with a passion to spread the good news of our faith. She has served the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship as its Senior Minister since 2005. Join us in the Parish Hall as the service is live streamed from Portland, OR. Due to the time difference between here and the West Coast, the service will start at noon here.
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER SERVICES
We are on the brink of a new chapter at First Parish as we await the arrival of our newly-called minister to Norwell in August. Rev. Lise is planning to jump right in by having summer worship services August 23 and 30; a potluck continental breakfast with a simple communal project on Sunday, September 6; and a Water Communion on Ingathering Sunday, September 13. What is a Water Communion, you ask? The following definition is from the UUA website:
"The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a Water Communion once a year, often at the beginning of the new church year (September). Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It is often then blessed by the congregation, and sometimes is later boiled and used as the congregation's 'holy water' in child dedication ceremonies and similar events."
UUA video - Blessings from Our House to Yours!
Check out this amazing new video of nearly ninety heartwarming photo blessings from UU congregations and groups set to an original song by The Ever Hopefuls from Jefferson Unitarian Church - Golden, Colorado. Thank you to all of the groups who sent in their photos that made this video possible!
Richard M. Fewkes
First Parish of Norwell
24 River Street P.O. Box 152
Norwell, MA 02061
Fax: 781-659-7939 email@example.com
Tues. - Thurs.: 9-1 p.m.
Friday: 9-12 p.m.
(The office is closed on Mondays)
Summer Office Schedule
The Church Office will close for the summer on Wednesday, June 24. Hope and Donna will be in the office weekly (usually Wednesday mornings, but not always). They will not be checking voicemails or emails remotely. The office will re-open on the Wednesday after Labor Day, September 9.
Download the 2015 Annual Report in pdf format (2.4M).
This is the spot where the Search Committee will post updates and news to keep the congregation informed about their search for a settled minister.
Worship Volunteers Needed
Can you provide a pulpit arrangement for an upcoming service? Would you like to host Coffee Hour? How about being an usher? Would you like to assist Rev. Len with lighting the chalice? Please consider signing up! Sign-up sheets for the upcoming church year are posted in the Parish Hall, or you may contact Hope in the Church Office.