• 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

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 Summer Sunday Services - 9 a.m.

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    July 10: Schweitzer, Mercy Ships and Social Justice with Peg Kitchenham
    Peg reminisces on her life and the influences that shaped her.
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    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.
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    July 24: An Origin Story with David Turner
    Why was the church gathered in 1642? Is it relevant today? What is it?
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    July 31: The Annual First Parish Regatta
    Don’t miss this year’s family day on the north river or the pizza party in the evening! We’ll have our church fellowship on the North River on Sunday, July 31, followed by a late afternoon pizza party at the home of Peter and Roberta Fairbanks. Both parts of the day are for all ages. Here are the specifics: 9:45 am: Meet at the Bridge Street/Union Street canoe launch on the Marshfield side of the river. Bring your canoe or kayak and a picnic lunch. (Don’t forget paddles, life preservers, and sunblock!) 10:00 am: Leave the canoe launch and paddle upstream to the picnic and swimming beach at the Couch property in Marshfield. We’ll be going WITH the tide- much easier and more fun!! 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (estimated): Swim and picnic at the Couch property. We’ll leave when the tide turns.
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    August 7: Fresh Air and Fellowship with Betsy Gordon - Meet at Norris Reservation parking lot at 9 am.
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    August 14: TBA with Deanna Riley and Mary Mercier
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    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.
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    August 28: TBA with Rev. Lise
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    September 4: Potluck breakfast and church clean up
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    September 11: Regular Sunday Services resume at 10 a.m.
    Services will begin at 10 am again in the fall on September 11.
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