• 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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    April 9: Palm Leaves Cast Shadows, Too
    Palm Sunday is often celebrated triumphantly in memory of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. But there are also elements of foreboding to this ceremony as well. With gain there can also be loss. We'll discuss this juxtaposition. After the service we’ll have a communion service for those who wish to participate.
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    April 16: EASTER SUNDAY Everyday's Resurrection Day!
    This title comes from an old Easter song I learned as a teenager. As Universalists, how do we recognize and celebrate new beginnings?
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    April 23: Lessons of the Lorax
    Rev. Lise and Julian Baptista, Director of Rel. Educsation will lead this multigenerational service. We'll tell the cautionary tale of the Lorax. After the service, join us as we plant a tree in honor of Earth Day and our 375th year as a congregation.
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    April 30: Beltane, a Celebration of Passion
    This Pagan holiday exuberantly celebrates fertility and life in its many facets. How does this compare to how we mark these important elements in our contemporary society?
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    May 7: Topic TBA
    Rev. Dick Fewkes, our Minister Emeritus will grace our pulpit again.
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    Holiday and Vacation Information
    The Church Office will be closed (mostly) between April 18 and 21 for school vacation week. Hope and Donna will be in briefly on the morning of April 19. Regular office hours resume on Tuesday, April 25.
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