• 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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    June 11: Flower Communion Service
    Started in 1922, by Unitarian Rev. Norbert Capek in Czechoslovakia, this service commemorates our diversity and our covenant to walk with one another in love. Please remember to bring a flower (or more) to share during this uniquely Unitarian Universalist service. The Fogg Service Committee also has a fun family project to launch. Curious? See you Sunday!
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    June 18: Possibilities Abound: The USS Harvey Milk
    Join us as we look at some of the history of LGBTQ civil rights and culture. It's also an Outreach Sunday and members from the newly re-constituted SSHAGLY (South Shore Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth) group will join us to tell us how we can help their group. Following the worship service, please stay for the annual church picnic, coordinated by the RE Committee.
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    June 25: GA Sunday (10 am to 11:30 am)
    We'll do our annual live-screening of the service at General Assembly in New Orleans
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    September 10: Water Communion Ingathering and Welcome
    As you take time to reflect and refresh over the summer, remember to bring some water that has nourished your soul during this time (and/or perhaps other times of the year as well).
  • Summer Worship: July 2 - September 3

    July 2: Celebrating Our Country with Rev. Lise

    July 9: Fresh Air and Fellowship - come join us for a walk in Norris Reservation or a discussion in the Parish Hall.

    July 16: The Hebrew Bible and the Challenges of Nationalism with David Turner

    July 23: Ya Gotta Regatta! Join us on the North River for paddling or a float and a picnic lunch. Time to be announced; it will depend on the tides. Look for more details in a future iSpi.

    July 30: Guest speaker and newly-ordained minister, Rev. Jo VonRue

    August 6: Fresh Air and Fellowship - Meet at the Norris Reservation parking lot at 10 am. We'll leave promptly on a walk through the Norris Reservation to the Gordon's house where there will be music provided by Alex along with refreshments. We'll return on foot through Reservation to Norris parking lot. Expect to be back about 11:30 am. If raining, come directly to their house at 10:00 for music, refreshments and fellowship. If weather is uncertain, check to see if Betsy is waiting at the Norris parking lot for you. If not, continue to the Gordon home at 111 Chittenden Lane, Norwell.

    August 13: The Gospel of Thomas and Democracy with David Turner

    August 20: Fresh Air and Fellowship - come join us for a walk in Norris Reservation or a discussion in the Parish Hall

    August 27: Topic TBD with Rev. Lise

    September 3: Third annual potluck breakfast and church clean-up from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

    7.3.2017 - 9.3.2017
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