• 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.

We Are UU

Unitarian Universalist principles encourage the right of conscience and utilizing the democratic process to achieve social justice, equity, and equal opportunity for all individuals in our local, national, and global communities. At First Parish of Norwell, we support individual and group efforts to bring about a world where no person is denied the right to participate and enjoy the fruits of a just and equitable society.

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

Read more about Rev. Lise

Minister Emeritus - Rev. Richard M. Fewkes

Join Us for Sunday Services at 10 a.m.

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    June 17: Our Fifth Principle
    This will be the final sermon on our principles this year. Our fifth principle honors the democratic process that guides us in our congregational governance. We’re having a potluck after the service so please join us and bring food if you can.
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    June 24: General Assembly Sunday
    Join us at 10 am (regular time) in the Parish Hall as we live stream the worship service from General Assembly in Kansas City.
  • Summer Church Office Schedule
    The Church Office will close for the summer on Wednesday, June 20. After that, Hope and Donna will be switching to their summer schedule. Donna will be in on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Hope will be in on Tuesdays. They will be in for just an hour or two, and will not be checking voicemails and emails remotely. We suggest calling or emailing before stopping by, as travel plans may affect this schedule. The office will reopen on Tuesday, September 4.
    Summer 2018
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    Summer Worship
    We will be having summer worship services, which will be a combination of outdoor and indoor services. All services, with the exception of the Regatta, will be held at 10:00 am.
    July 1: Worship Service with Rev. Lise – "Summer and the Feast of St. John's": One of the reasons the Christian faith has been so enduring is because of its ability to adapt to and adopt from different cultures. How does this particular holiday demonstrate this?
    July 8: Fresh Air & Fellowship walk at the Norris Reservation led by Mary Nickerson and Patti Walters
    July 15: Worship Service with Nelson Sherry – "Embracing Uncertainty"
    July 22: The annual FPNUU Regatta (leave 9-9:30 am from the Union Street boat ramp in Marshfield). See the July iSpi for more details.
    July 29: Worship Service with Joanne Howard - topic TBA
    August 5: Fresh Air & Fellowship walk at the Norris Reservation led by Amanda Peterson and Colby Ring and family
    August 12: Worship Service with Gingy and Frank Grimes – "Music and Our Spiritual Life"
    August 19: Fresh Air & Fellowship walk at the Norris Reservation led by Betsy Gordon
    August 26: Worship Service with Rev. Lise – al Adha and Sacrifice: This Islamic holiday celebrates and honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice for God. What sacrifices are we willing to make for the things and people we love?
    September 2: Labor Day church clean-up and potluck breakfast
    Summer 2018
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