Upcoming events & Activities

Unfinished Business in the Transformation from Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy - July 15 - 7:30 p.m.

Clayton Handleman will address new technologies that will help us move away from our fossil fuel dependence. Approximately an hour long talk. Light refreshments will be served.

First Parish Bridgewater REGATTA!

First Parish Bridgewater UU is planning a canoe/kayak trip Saturday, July 16 on the North River and would like to invite anyone from First Parish Norwell to join us. We’ll be leaving from the Marshfield canoe launch off of Union Street at 10:00 am, paddling with the tide to Couch Beach for picnicking and swimming, and returning with the outgoing tide several hours later. This could be a great chance for the two congregations to get to know one another and for the Norwell folks to get a little practice for their own upcoming river trip a few weeks later. For more information, please contact Jon Babcock (son of Norwell’s Scott and Marcia Babcock) at jonbab2112@gmail.com.

YA GOTTA REGATTA! - Sunday, July 31 at 10:00 am

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.

12:30 or 1:00 pm: Start back WITH the tide. Optional: Stop at the home of Ralph and Betsy Gordon (short break, beautiful location, bathroom available). Return to the canoe launch and your car. Take a few hours to relax at home, then come to the Pizza Party.

5:00 pm: Family pizza party at the home of Peter and Roberta Fairbanks (1243 Union Street, Marshfield). Bring $5.00 per person for pizza and an appetizer or dessert to share. There is a lovely swimming pool (a favorite of the children) and a gorgeous view of the River. Be sure to get directions to the Fairbanks home!

If you need to borrow a canoe or kayak, we may be able to find one for you. And if you don’t feel comfortable in a canoe or kayak, we will try to find space for you on a pontoon boat. Pontoon seats are limited, though, so call Marcia or Scott Babcock (781-659-2956) soon to reserve your space. If you have a canoe or kayak to loan or plan to bring a pontoon or motor boat that can take extra people, please let Marcia or Scott know, too.

UU Coffee House, Saturday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. with an Open Mic at 6:15 p.m.

Seasoned professionals and music enthusiasts alike will entertain you while raising money to upgrade the Parish Hall sound system. Dessert and awesome coffee will be provided. Baby/child care is available and included in the ticket price for anyone wanting a romantic evening out. Ticket price: $20 for table seating and $10 for general admission. Contact Clayton Handleman - enoch1680@thehandlemans.org or Julian Baptista - julianbaptistamusic@gmail.com for additional information.
Event web site: http://enoch1680.wix.com/fpncoffeehouse

We're Having a Birthday!!

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Next February 2, 2017, First Parish of Norwell, Unitarian Universalist will be 375 years old! Plans are moving ahead for celebrating this momentous accomplishment. Using our new logo, we will have banners both inside and outside the church; we will have T-shirts available for all to order (Please follow this link to order: https://www.customink.com/g/aza0-00ak-ff5h ); and use of the special logo everywhere for the church year. We also plan to have a yearlong "Outreach" project.

Here are some plans:

  • • Following our opening Water Communion service on September 11, our celebratory year will kick off with a trek (tentatively Sunday, September 18, details to follow). We hope to start at the boulder at Meeting House Lane that commemorates the site of our first place of worship.
  • • We will have an all-church potluck supper either Friday, September 23 or 30 and will create a time line around the Parish Hall to mark the significant events in our 375 years.
  • • A very special organ concert will be offered on Sunday, October 9 when Heinrich Christensen, music director of King's Chapel, Boston, will perform a 3 pm recital celebrating 375 years of music.
  • • On October 22 or 23 we plan to invite the entire community to our church grounds for a 375th Fall Festival with fun activities for all ages.
  • • At our Holiday Fair on November 19, look for a special 375th booth with First Parish "collectibles" for purchase.
  • • Our December Community Christmas Eve services will have a special theme around our historic year.
  • • Sunday, February 5, will be the important birthday service with special guests and a “Birthday Cake” reception.
  • • The Alliance of First Parish will host a Wednesday morning program, March 15, where a re-enactor from Plimouth Plantation will visit, in character, to discuss the clothing and daily life of a “goodwife” from the year 1624.
  • • On Sunday, April 23, we will plant a tree in anticipation of many years of growth ahead!
  • • We will conclude our year with a celebratory "Tastes of 1642" dinner – date to be determined – that will include special foods, music and dance!

What a year we have planned! There will be many smaller moments that will combine with these events to make this a very special year indeed. The 375th Committee looks forward to your support and involvement.

Sue Robinson, Chair

Members: Scott Babcock, Roberta Fairbanks, Lindsey Houston, Joanne Howard, Debi Meddaugh, John Meddaugh, Elizabeth Robey, Elizabeth Robinson, Dexter Robinson, Bob Sutter, and Rev. Lise Adams Sherry

Photos from our Recent Events are posted on our Facebook page! Take a look!

Past Events & Activities

A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Annual North River Regatta

Annual Spring Golf Tournament


Annual Holiday Fair

holiday fair

Goods & Services Auction


Game Night

game night

Family Bowling Night

family bowling

Easter Breakfast

Easter Breakfast

Talent Show

Talent show

80s Dance Party

80s dance

All Church RE Picnic