• 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.

Worship

"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

Community

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.

Service

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
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.

Contact the Minister

minister@firstparishnorwell.org

Minister's Bio

Read more about Rev. Lise

Minister Emeritus - Rev. Richard M. Fewkes

Join Us for Sunday Services at 10 a.m.

  • sermon
    February 11: The Challenges of Overcoming Domestic Violence
    This Sunday is an Outreach Sunday and donations will benefit the Norwell Food Pantry, a much-needed program for women and families trying to step out of the cycle of domestic violence.
    2.11.2018
  • sermon
    February 18: Black and not Baptist
    The above is the title of a book written by Don Barbera in 2003. It counters a belief that many of us have about the religious lives of African Americans and one that sometimes keeps us from being inclusive as Unitarian Universalists.
    2.18.2018
  • sermon
    February 25: A Multigenerational Service to Celebrate Black History Month. Led by Rev. Lise and DRE Jessie Slade
    We’ll learn more about the Civil Rights era through story, song and readings.
    2.25.2018
  • sermon
    March 4: Sharing Hearts Lead the Way
    It's Stewardship Sunday and the "official" beginning of our annual canvass drive. Come celebrate our hopes and dreams for our congregation and the community that surrounds us.
    3.4.2018
  • Worship volunteers are needed!
    If you would like to host a Coffee Hour, be an usher, or provide the pulpit arrangement, please sign up in the Parish Hall or contact the Church Office. If you are interested in acting as a Worship Associate and assisting Rev. Lise during a Sunday service, please contact Bev Gardner at bevgardner@comcast.net.
  • IMPORTANT SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION

    Should severe weather this winter necessitate cancellation of any church activities, we will make every effort to leave an outgoing message on the church's voicemail and send an all-church email with the information. We will notify WATD radio in Marshfield (95.9 FM), WCVB – TV (Channel 5), WHDH 7News and radio/AM 680. We will also make every effort to post updates on our Facebook page. However, power outages or lack of internet access may affect our ability to communicate with you all. Please be cautious and use your best judgment!

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