• First Parish of Norwell
    Celebrating 375 years

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    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

375th Anniversary Service & Reception

All are invited to the 375th Service and Reception that will commemorate this historic year. Mark your calendars for the special worship service on Sunday, February 5, 2017 (snow date will be February 12), when we will celebrate the founding of our church community 375 years ago. Invitations are going to many beyond our church to attend the morning service and child-friendly "high tea" reception. This service for all ages will tell the story of our founding, the highlights of our history and the goals for our future. View Invitation

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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    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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    January 15: Ode to Martin Luther King, Jr.
    As we take time to recognize the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr., we’ll also think about how we can continue to move forward on our mission to create Beloved Community.
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    January 22: Sharpening Our Saw
    Life is full of adventure and change; sometimes so much is happening it can be difficult to take a step back to think about the directions we’re going. As part of that pondering it’s also important to include some self-maintenance. Institutions need the same kind of loving attention and there are a few questions our leadership is pondering. We’ll talk about some of them today and then have our first cottage meeting to discuss them more fully after the service at 11:30 am.
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    January 29: This I Believe
    Three congregation members will share their spiritual journeys.
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    February 5: Happy 375th Birthday First Parish!
    This service will be multigenerational as we’ll celebrate our birthday together. We'll see performances of some of our history including a return visit from Rev. Samuel May (aka Rev. Dick Fewkes, minister emeritus), one of our ministers from the 19th century. Following our service we'll have tea, coffee and a birthday cake in the Parish Hall.
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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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