Hingham Congregational Church, UCC, reaches out with faith and love to our neighbors in need in the local community and throughout the world.
Through “hands on” projects, special collections, allocation of monetary gifts and partnerships with a range of service organizations, we contribute food, shelter, financial assistance and social support to a wide array of groups and individuals.
Pine Street Inn meal preparation:
On the third Monday of each month, a small, dedicated group prepares a hot meal in the morning. Volunteers transport the food to Boston and serve the dinner to residents of Pine Street Inn later that day. Helping hands and donations of brownies are always welcome! Learn more….
The Guild Consignment Center:
Since 1954, the Guild Consignment Center has provided affordable clothing household goods in a welcoming atmosphere to anyone looking for a bargain, a friendly face or sympathetic ear. Proceeds support the Pine Street Inn meal preparation program and various other HCC projects. Volunteers are always welcome! Learn more…
Christmas Giving Tree:
At the beginning of the holiday season, the Board of Outreach places two Christmas trees in the sanctuary decorated with ornaments attached to gift requests from local charitable and social service organizations. Members of the Congregation purchase the gifts, which are delivered to the receiving organizations by Outreach Board members.
Christmas and Easter Food Boxes for Wellspring:
Several weeks before the holiday, volunteers wrap boxes for food, which members of the congregation take home to fill with requested food items to make a holiday dinner for a family in need. The boxes are returned to the church and delivered to Wellspring by the Board of Outreach. To learn more about Wellspring, Click here.
Each summer for over 25 years, members of the Senior High Youth Program (SHYP) have spent a week on a mission trip to help elderly and single parent households with home repairs and light construction. These mission projects are planned and carried out through GROUP WORKCAMPS at various locations throughout the country. Our young people are often challenged to reach goals that may seem impossible to them at the outset. They learn to work and live with youth and adults with diverse backgrounds from different parts of the country. Throughout the year, with help from the congregation, the youth work hard to raise the money necessary for participation in this program. Most participants, the adult advisors as well as the young people, find the experience faith-strengthening and deeply rewarding. For more information on Workcamp, Click here.
Harriet Rust generously donated her home to Hingham Congregational Church in 1984 as part of her will. After many happy and productive years of the Rust family participating in the church’s activities, Harriet wished to leave her fine home in Hingham Square to the church to be used as the church desired. Over the intervening years the home has served as housing for two major charities. For the first twenty years, our client was The Association of Retarded Citizens of the South Shore. Several men benefited from living at the Rust House, and many people from the church worked on maintenance and became friends with the men. Our current tenant is Father Bills/Mainspring, This organization receives use of the property for a very modest rent, and, in turn, provides housing for five formerly homeless women in their 50’s. Members of the church continue to provide maintenance as volunteers, and several men and women have become very active in socializing with the women residents.
Taste of Hingham:
In partnership with Hingham merchants and other service organizations, the HCC Men’s Club organizes an amazing local food fest in Hingham Square each spring, complete with a chowder competition and live music. This event offers a wonderful chance for Hinghamites to say good-bye to winter, catch up with old friends and enjoy the wonderful local cuisine, all while supporting worthy causes. Proceeds are donated to a variety of local service organizations. Lear more…
Each year, the congregation budgets a portion of pledged income to be donated to various educational and charitable organizations supported by the church. The Board of Outreach is responsible for allocating funds to the receiving organizations.
Several special collections are organized annually by the Board of Outreach. Read about them here..