• 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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    December 11: Bodhi Day – Outreach Sunday
    December 8th is observed by many Buddhists as a celebration of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. How do the Buddha’s learnings fit into our lifestyle and holiday season? It’s also an Outreach Sunday and the last day to bring gifts for our foster children. Donations from our offering will help foster children enjoy the holidays this year.
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    December 18: Christmas in a Box - Multigenerational Service
    Led by Julian Baptista, DRE and Rev. Lise
    On this very interactive Sunday we'll tell the story of Jesus' birth. All actors of all ages, please come prepared to partake in this semi-improvisational production. We'll also feature our Multigenerational Holiday Choir and a trumpet duet.
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    December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services - 5 and 7:30 pm
    It's our traditional candlelight service of readings and music. This year, join us for our first Jingle Mingle reception between services. Please come stay after the first service or come early for the second service to enjoy Christmas treats and warm beverages. The offering will be divided between the Minister's Discretionary Fund and opiate addiction relief.
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    December 25: Pancake Communion at 10 am
    Rev. Lise and Julian Baptista

    Our doors will open as usual on Sunday morning, but this time head straight to the Parish Hall for pancakes and a few Christmas carols. All are welcome!
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    January 1: Soapbox Sunday
    Several people will share their personal passions and causes. It's always a good opportunity to learn more about the people we know and the issues that are dear to them. Happy New Year!
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    January 8: What Will You Leave Behind?
    As the New Year begins, it's an opportunity to reflect on how you'd like to move forward. We may start some new traditions, and to do so we often need to leave something behind. We'll have a Burning Bowl Ritual (write what you'd like to leave, deposit it in the bowl, and we burn those things together) to help commemorate these decisions.
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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!
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