Who Are We?
Honestly, we're still figuring that out in the midst of a global pandemic. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has given us the opportunity and responsibility of asking who and what the Church is in 2021, 2022, and beyond. We've changed much of our rhythms of gathering as a result. Come and figure it out with us!
But we still think our church seeks to be a community of people who love like Jesus Christ. We come from across the South Shore and beyond to worship at our little chapel in Hingham (and now a bit more mobile as we branch out our gatherings). We value living as good neighbors, partnering in what God is doing both near and far. We strive to have our gatherings focused around Christ and his practices of hospitality and table fellowship. When we’re together, we’re characterized by mutual sharing, welcoming all people, and providing a safe space for people who need healing and comfort.
The Anchor of Hull
In 2016, after several experiences with substance use disorder within our church and beyond, our congregation decided to do something about addiction. We were tired of simply offering "thoughts and prayers" (though these are indeed important) and felt like God was calling us to do more. We launched out into the addiction & recovery world, received a grant, and hired a full-time pastor to oversee the ministry. A couple of years later, The Anchor of Hull is doing significant work in walking alongside individuals and families struggling substance use disorder. The Anchor of Hull is at 7 Hadasah Way in Hull and is open throughout the week with various meetings, groups, and support. www.theanchorofhull.org
Friends of the Homeless
In the mid-1980s, with the rise of homelessness among families, our church began ministering to those who have no place to live. Over the years, this ministry grew into what is today a non-profit compassionate ministry center: Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore. The shelter provides temporary housing and family advocacy at different locations in Weymouth and Norwell. Our church continues to be a partner in ministry with FHSS, including housing the annual Christmas Shoppe which provides gifts for hundreds of families each holiday season. But most importantly to us, we serve as a worshiping church community and place of sabbath for many of the shelter’s staff and administration.
A Bit of History
Our church was founded on the Cohasset-Hull-Hingham border in 1979 by Rev. J. Scott & Dorothy Newell in the former Pope Memorial Church building. Soon after, the new congregation moved into a house church on Rockland Street in Hingham. It is there that the seeds for our shelter ministry were planted, Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore. The ministry took off under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Michael Matthews in the mid-to-late 1980s. Revs. Larry & Martha Wilson continued to lead the house church in the early 1990s. Finally, in 1996, our current chapel was purchased from the Hingham United Methodist Church. The building underwent major renovations in 2004 under the direction of Rev. Dr. Clifford Hersey. In early 2006, Rev. Jeremy D. Scott became our pastor.
North Street Community Chapel
Our chapel was first built in 1822 as a Methodist Meeting House across North Street where the convenience store now sits. In the 1880s, the building was moved to its current location (235 North Street), with a parsonage built behind soon after. Rev. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, one of the earliest ordained female Methodist preachers, served as minister to the church in the late 1870s before going on to fight for women’s suffrage with Susan B. Anthony.
The Church of the Nazarene
Our church is part of the worldwide Church of the Nazarene whose mission is to make Christlike disciples in the nations. Since 1908, the Church of the Nazarene has been uniquely dedicated to heart holiness, missionality, and higher education. You may be familiar with our college in Quincy: Eastern Nazarene College. Many ENC faculty, staff, and students have found a church home in our congregation over the years and today.