We had a Birthday!!
On February 2, 2017, First Parish of Norwell, Unitarian Universalist, was 375 years old! We planned many fun and fulfilling events to helps us celebrate. We also focused on a yearlong service project titled CHALICE, short for Changing Hearts And Lives by Inspiring Community Efforts and spear headed by our Helen Fogg Service Committee.
On Sunday, September 18, we had a pre-service, 8:00 am event, starting at the commemorative boulder at Old Meetinghouse Lane (site of our first place of worship).
Details: The first big event of our 375th anniversary year was an historic trek on Sunday, September 18, before our church service. It was historic because we marked the passage of years and geography as we walked the 2.1 miles from the boulder marking FPNUU's first meeting house on the corner of Old Meeting House Lane and Route 123/Main Street to our current church home. We met at 8 am, shared a reflection and some band music, and then headed out. We made a quick stop at the old cemetery by Roubound Road which also is part of FPNUU's history. Just imagine, 375 years ago, a few folks got together and decided to start a church. We are their progeny, and we are keeping the spirit of progressive, liberal religion alive and well.
On Saturday, September 24, we had an all-church potluck supper beginning at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Rev. Lise and Scott Babcock researched important dates in our church history and helped us begin a time line around the Parish Hall to mark our pathway. We also added our own important dates associated with the church, yourselves, the community, the nation!
View our Time Line Here!!
In celebration of its 375th founding, First Parish of Norwell, Unitarian Universalist, had an organ recital on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 3 pm. Heinrich Christensen performed the recital on the rebuilt and expanded E. & G. G. Hook organ.
A native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen received the Church Music and Soloist Diplomas from the Århus Conservatory of Music with further studies at the Conservatoire de Saint-Maur with Olivier Latry. He came to the US in 1998 and received an Artist Diploma in Organ Performance from the Boston Conservatory.
He was appointed Music Director at King's Chapel in 2000 after serving as the affiliate organist under Daniel Pinkham. At King's Chapel, he manages the Tuesday Noon Hour Recitals as well as the King's Chapel Concert Series, and directs the fully professional choir. Heinrich was a prizewinner at the international organ competitions in Odense and Erfurt and has given solo recitals on four continents.
An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Daniel Pinkham, Carson Cooman, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman and several others. He has worked extensively as an accompanist for many choral groups in the Boston area, and has recorded with Philovox, Boston Secession and Seraphim Singers, and Daniel Pinkham’s works for solo voice and organ with Florestan Recital Project. The solo CD "Heinrich Christensen plays the C.B. Fisk Organ at King's Chapel" was hailed by Gramophone Magazine as a "smorgasbord" of "enormous stylistic flexibility". Since 1998 he has performed an annual recital as a featured soloist of Boston’s venerable First Night celebrations.
On Saturday, October 15th from 12-3 pm we had an Old Fashioned Harvest Picnic! Kids and adults enjoyed pumpkin painting, face painting, fall leaf art, lots of old fashioned outdoor games, music, food, a cake walk, and even a petting zoo! The event was open to ALL, and most of it was FREE!
Our traditional Holiday Fair filled with handmade crafts and food, Grandma's attic, and other tempting booths to help you through the holidays. 9a.m. - 2:30 p.m. We had wonderful food and great books as well as lots of gift items, including our art table and church memorabilia. The 375th had a special presence at our Holiday Fair where you could purchase Helen Fogg's biography Where in the World, Minister Emeritus Richard Fewkes’ collection of readings and sermons, collectable Pairpoint cup plates from the 350th celebration, and other church-related items including original art work by members of the congregation.
Christmas Eve Services at 5 and 7:30 p.m. open to the community and with a reception between services. This year we had a "Jingle Mingle" in between the Christmas Eve worship services.
375th Service and Reception commemorated this historic year with a special worship service on Sunday, February 5, 2017, when we celebrated the founding of our church community 375 years ago. Invitations went out to many beyond our church to attend the morning service and child-friendly “high tea” reception. This service for all ages will told the story of our founding, the highlights of our history and the goals for our future.
Our Alliance organization hosted a day-time program presented by Plimoth Plantation to learn what life was like for a woman in early 17th century Massachusetts on March 29th at 10 a.m.
After church on Sunday, April 23, we celebrated Earth Day and our 375th birthday by planting a young flowering crabapple tree at the "triangle" property opposite the church on River Street. Transported by Sue Robinson in daughter Elizabeth's truck, planted by Don Messinger and John Litchfield on a drizzly Friday morning, dedicated by Rev. Lise and the congregation with a red ribbon blessing and a shovel full of mulch, and promised watering by Mary Nickerson and daughter Aine - it was truly a community effort for a tree that sends promises to the future generations of First Parish to care for the earth - our Blue Boat Home.
Our final church event celebrating our 375 years! On Saturday, May 6 we shared a meal featuring the tastes of 1642. We enjoyed turkey, fowl, venison, seafood, cornbread, indian pudding, squash, pumpkin, onion, turnips, pickled cucumbers, apple cider and more. This was an intergenerational event, fun for all ages! Rev. Lise and Marie Miller involved the children in a 1642 skit.
Sue Robinson, Chair
Scott Babcock, Roberta Fairbanks, Lindsey Houston, Joanne Howard, Debi Meddaugh, John Meddaugh, Elizabeth Robey, Elizabeth Robinson, Dexter Robinson, and Rev. Lise Adams Sherry.