• Welcome
    to First Parish of Norwell

  • 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 over 360 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

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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 - 10 a.m.

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    June 12: Flower Communion
    BRING A FLOWER to share for our Flower Communion service. We’ll also welcome new members and gratefully receive money for our sister church in Transylvania as our last Outreach Sunday of the year.
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    June 19: Our Larger Faith
    As Rev. Lise and our delegates, Elizabeth Robinson and Alex Gordon, prepare to go to General Assembly, we’ll discuss the importance of being part of our larger community and some of the ideals that went into creating this larger body of Unitarian Universalism. Plan to stay for the RE picnic after the service!
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    June 26: General Assembly Live (sort of)
    The last service of General Assembly in Columbus, OH will be streaming live and it will be set up in the Parish Hall to be viewed. Note that this service will start at 10:30 am.
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    Summer Worship Schedule - Sundays at 9 a.m.
    July 3:Our Unsung Freedom Fighters with Rev. Lise - We all know about Paul Revere and the men at the Continental Congress, but there’s also much more to our history. Come celebrate others who helped make our country great.
    July 10: Schweitzer, Mercy Ships and Social Justice with Peg Kitchenham - Peg reminisces on her life and the influences that shaped her.
    July 17: Fresh Air and Fellowship with Shastin Garland - Meet at the church, go for a walk in Norris Reservation and return for conversation at the Parish Hall.
    July 24: An Origin Story with David Turner - Why was the church gathered in 1642? Is it relevant today? What is it?
    July 31: The Annual First Parish Regatta - Our annual trip on the North River at 10 am.
    August 7: Fresh Air and Fellowship with Betsy Gordon - Meet at Norris Reservation parking lot at 9 am.
    August 14: TBA with Deanna Riley and Mary Mercier
    August 21: Cemetery Lore with Joanne Howard - Meet at the church, ready to learn lots about Norwell’s ancestors. Joanne will take us through the First Parish cemetery and we’ll return to the Parish Hall for more conversation and drinks.
    August 28: TBA with Rev. Lise
    September 4: Potluck breakfast and church clean up
    07.03.2016 - 09.04.2016
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