We're Having a Birthday!!
February 2, 2017, First Parish of Norwell, Unitarian Universalist, will be 375 years old! We are planning many fun and fulfilling events to helps us celebrate. And we will be focusing 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. Let’s celebrate this and their perseverance with a little walk, in spirit or body.
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!
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. Come one, come all! Be part of the fun of the fair and make special memories! 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 that will commemorate this historic year. Mark your calendars for the special worship service on Sunday, February 5, 2017 (snow date will be February 12), when we will celebrate the founding of our church community 375 years ago. Invitations are going to many beyond our church to attend the morning service and child-friendly “high tea” reception. This service for all ages will tell the story of our founding, the highlights of our history and the goals for our future.
Our Alliance organization will host a day time program presented by Plimoth Plantation to learn what life was like for a woman in early 17th century Massachusetts. 10 a.m.
A tree planting on Earth Day to honor our 375th
A concluding “Taste of 1642” Dinner prepared by our many talented chefs!
What a year we have planned! The 375th Committee looks forward to your support and involvement.
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.