our MEETING HOUSE
As the primary gathering place for Sunday morning worship, the meetinghouse is the focal point of our spiritual life. Built in 1814 the new structure used the stones from an addition that had been added to the of the original log cabin meeting house on the front lawn. The room comfortably holds 200 people. In the Quaker tradition, there is no religious adornment of any kind. Benches are arranged so the people in the room can easily see and hear each other. Providence does have an electronic hearing assist system. Refreshments of any type are not allowed in this room.
Providence Friends Meeting makes our space available to members and other groups.
The Social Room is located adjacent to the meetinghouse, and provides space for various activities, including receptions, meals, talks, and gatherings by outside groups. It has a raised stage which is appropriate for speakers and performances. It can seat up to 60 persons theatre style. Chairs and tables can be arranged in various styles, depending on the activity. Two break-out rooms plus an office are located just off the Social Room, and are used for religious education and small group meetings. The room is wheelchair accessible.
The Meeting’s kitchen is located adjacent to the Social Room and provides ample space for food preparation for meals, receptions, talks, and other gatherings. It has two stoves/ovens, a microwave, a double sink, and a large refrigerator, plus counter space for food prep. In keeping with our testimony of stewardship, receptacles for recycling and waste are expected to be used as appropriate.
Child Care Room
The Child Care Room, originally built in 1809 as a one-room schoolhouse, is connected to the kitchen by a short hallway. It serves as the primary space for care of our youngest Friends. This room is air conditioned to provide maximum comfort and is used on occasion for group use.