Meetinghouse Use Guidelines, 2024

Durham Friends Meeting continues to monitor the health risks associated with COVID and other infectious diseases, and adjusts these guidelines for Meetinghouse use from time to time. 

We hold worship services at our Meetinghouse every Sunday.  On the 1st, 2nd and 3d Sundays (First Days) of each month, we also provide the opportunity to participate via ZOOM. 

We use air purifiers  in the worship room. Please use them for all meetings and events. You may temporarily move an air purifier from the worship room to another room that you are using for a smaller meeting. Please return it to the Meeting room after your event.  We also ask that you turn on overhead fans when using the worship room

Masks are no longer required in the Meetinghouse. For the safety of those choosing to continue wearing a mask, there is a section of the Meeting room where we ask that no one without a mask should sit. We have a supply of masks available at the entrances to the meetinghouse.

We ask that those who feel If you feel even the slightest bit unwell, please stay home and join us on Zoom.  If you come down with Covid within 3 days of attending a meeting at the meetinghouse, please contact us so that we may let others know. 

Fellowship before and after meetings is encouraged. We are continuing to be cautious about serving food, but coffee and tea are available after Meeting for Worship. 


Meetings and events should be scheduled on the Durham Friends Meeting calendar. Committee clerks can schedule meetings; others need to contact our Trustees for scheduling events. At present the trustee to contact is Sarah Sprogell. There is a link to the calendar on the Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends website. Note if it is a Zoom meeting, in person, or hybrid.

These guidelines apply to all members and attenders, as well as families or any group seeking to hold memorial services or similar events.

Time of Remembrance for Kitsie Hildebrandt, July 30, 1 to 4pm, Orr’s Island

From Kitsie’s family, posted on her Caring Bridge site:

Hello Family and Friends, 

We will be hosting a time to gather and remember Kitsie on Sunday, July 30th from 1pm to 4pm at the Orr’s Island Schoolhouse. 

You all are invited to stop by anytime between 1pm and 4pm on July 30th to share memories of Kitsie and celebrate her life. This will not be a formal service, so please, come as you are at a time that works for you. 

We will have lots of pictures of Kitsie through the years, some of her artwork, and lemonade to share. 

Thank you all for your love and support, we feel it and it helps, 

Sarah, Bill, Willis, Lori, and Matt

Orr’s Island Schoolhouse info: 1594 Harpswell Islands Rd., Orr’s Island, ME 

Notes: When parking, please be sure not to block the Fire Station, which is right next door. Car pooling is encouraged because parking is limited.

Community Care Notes

3.21.2018 The Meeting has received the startling and sad news that long-time member, Eileen Babcock passed away yesterday afternoon – Tuesday, March 20 – at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick.  Please join us in holding her partner, Tom Frye, and her family in prayer.  More information will be sent out as plans unfold.

Tom Frye has requested that visitors not call on him at this time.  He is surrounded by family members who are supporting him.  Cards would be welcome at 17 Linwood Road, Freeport, Maine 04032.  Continued prayers would also be appreciated.

3.18.2018 Please hold Daniel and Donna Ross in the Light.  Donna just posted on the DFM Facebook page:  “Please, hold Daniel in the Light. He is back in the hospital. The ablation didn’t take and he went back into a-fib early this morning. This time the cardio vert caused damage to the muscle and they are considering pacemaker.”

3.17.2018   Please continue to hold Mike Rivera and Karen Marston in the Light.  Mike’s surgery went well; they were able to do all they intended.  Unfortunately, they also determined that Mike needs a heart bypass this time.  It will be happening early this week, again at Maine Medical Center.

All your support has been most welcome, Karen reports and she sends thanks.  Again, Mike will not be allowed visitors.  Karen requests that she not receive phone calls.  Cards, emails, and IMs are fine, just know you may… or may not receive a reply.  Prayers are welcome, too.