• 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.

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.

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Minister's Bio

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Minister Emeritus - Rev. Richard M. Fewkes

Join Us for Sunday Services at 10 a.m.

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    March 12: Stewardship Sunday
    Every year we reconsider our financial situation, our needs and our wants at First Parish of Norwell. It's a time to think about where we'd like to go and how we'd like our community to be involved with each other and our larger world. Now more than ever, it's important to have a voice that will stand for inclusion and honoring everyone’s worth. How do we want to sponsor these beliefs in our world?

    For many years each spring we have participated in a UU Union Sunday morning service at one of the nearby Unitarian Universalist congregations. This year we (the ministers of our five congregations) have decided to host instead an afternoon UU Union Celebration: "Singing for the Earth" - to be held here at FPNUU on Sunday, March 12 at 3 pm in the Meetinghouse. Featuring UU minister, folk singer, and climate activist Fred Small, this event for all ages (including activities for the very young) will celebrate the earth through uplifting song and inspiring words, moving us from despair (if despair we feel at the fate of the earth) to hope to action.
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    March 19: Committment Sunday
    After thinking about our goals and ability to contribute financially last week, today we'll be making our decision. Those who have pledged by the beginning of our worship service will be eligible for our Fabulous Prizes that will be given away during the service. Then all are welcome for a lunch to celebrate our commitment to each other and our world.
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    March 26: Stop Gun Violence!
    by our Anti-gun Violence CHALICE Group

    CHALICE stands for Changing Hearts and Lives by Inspiring Community Efforts and today's service will educate and inspire us to continue to work for ways to stop gun violence. A guest speaker from Stop Handgun Violence will participate in our service and be available for questions after the service. Our Outreach Sunday offering will go to Stop Handgun Violence.
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    Should severe weather this winter necessitate cancellation of any church activities, we will make every effort to leave an outgoing message on the church’s voicemail and send an all-church email with the information. Depending on the amount of advance notice, check our here as well. We will notify WATD radio in Marshfield (95.9 FM), WCVB – TV (Channel 5), WHDH 7News and radio/AM 680. We will also make every effort to post updates on our Facebook page . However, power outages or lack of internet access may affect our ability to communicate with you all. Please be cautious and use your best judgment!

    Please Note that The Alliance's Plimoth Plantation program has been rescheduled for March 29th at 10 a.m. Please join us to learn what everyday life was like for a woman in the early 1700's in Massachusetts.
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