Tambourines under a Durham NC church’s stained glass window



Jamaat Ibad Ar Rahman’s Youth Committee will host Game Night on Saturday, May 28, 6pm, at the Parkwood masjid (5122 Revere Rd). Young people are invited to play board and video games and to enjoy some pizza at this free event. Click here to register.


Jamaat Ibad Ar Rahman’s Youth Committee will host Jummah Jolt on 1st and 3rd Fridays (May 20 and June 3), from Maghrib (sunset prayers) to Isha (night prayers) at the Parkwood masjid (5122 Revere Rd). Young people are invited to join in halaqas (Islamic studies), fun activities, and sports.


The Choral Society of Durham will perform Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem on Sunday, May 15, 4pm, in Baldwin Auditorium (1336 Campus Dr). This beautiful piece uses biblical texts (in German) to take people who are in mourning/feeling profoundly sad to a place of comfort and joy. Tickets are $25, $15 for age 30 and under, $5 for students and those age 17 and under; click here to make your purchase.


Paul and Cora Harrison will host Concert for Julia at Judea Reform Congregation (1933 W Cornwallis Rd) on Sunday, May 15, 3pm. SONAM (Singers Of New and Ancient Music) will perform renditions of popular classical and pop music by artists such as Félix Mendelssohn, the Beatles, Paul Simon, the Indigo Girls, etc in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Harrison’s daughter, Julia. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, which hopefully will come later. Proceeds will benefit PORCH Chapel Hill/Carrboro, which provides snacks and meals to children and families in need.


St Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church (8306 Hwy 751) will host A Taste of Greece on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 11am–7pm. Enjoy Greek food and pastries (dine in or take out), shop at the Greek grocery, join tours of the church (at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30pm), and view the handmade jewelry, art, and souvenirs (available for purchase). You’re also invited to participate in the silent auction, with some of the proceeds going toward Ukrainian relief. Free admission; visit the website for more info.


Jamaat Ibad Ar Rahman will celebrate the end of Ramadan with its Eid Festival on Sunday, May 8, 2–7pm, at the Parkwood masjid (5122 Revere Rd). Shop with local vendors and enjoy food and fun rides for the kids. The Eid Brunch will begin at 10 am, the Eid Barbecue will be held later at 5pm, and they’ll have fireworks and a toy giveaway at 8pm. Free admission; click here for more info.


Duke University Chapel (401 Chapel Dr) will have a special Sunday Service on May 1, 11am–12:15pm, with Rev Dr Howard-John Wesley, pastor of the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria VA, and Dr James Abbington, church music and worship professor at the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. This service is a featured event of the Duke Black Alumni Collective National Conference. Parking will be available in the Bryan Center Garage (125 Science Dr) and the Bryan Center Surface Lot has ADA parking spaces. You can get a free parking pass at the Chapel’s visitor desk. If you can’t attend in person, feel free to watch the service live on Duke Chapel’s YouTube channel.


Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Volunteers crochet mats out of “plarn” (strips made from plastic bags and woven into balls) to give away to homeless people. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.


The Center for Muslim Life at Duke University will host its weekly KitabConnect on Tuesdays, 6–7:30pm. Verses of the Qur’an will be read in Arabic, followed by a group discussion and reflection on the meanings in English. You can attend in person at the Center (406 Swift Ave) or online via Zoom. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.


Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Let’s Get Moving women’s exercise class every Thursday from 7 to 8pm. Take your yoga mat or towel and be prepared to move (all fitness levels welcome) during this free class. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.


​Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman (3034 Fayetteville St) offers Qur’an and Islamic Studies Classes for Revert Muslims* on Fridays from 8:30–9:30pm. Men and women, including young people age 14+, are invited to attend classes led by Imam Dr Ehteshanal Haque Alig and to learn the Arabic alphabet, basic Arabic words, phrases, and punctuation; to start reciting the Qur’an; to learn Islamic guidelines and prayers, and more. Click here to fill out the form and to indicate whether you already know some Arabic and also whether you’re already familiar with the Qur’an.

*  People converting to Islam are called “revert Muslims” because it’s generally believed that everyone is born a Muslim even if they don’t practice the faith. Current Muslims who want to improve their reading and pronunciation skills are also encouraged to attend.

A free Arabic Course for English-Speakers will be held on Saturdays, 6:15–7:15pm, and will be led by Imam Ehteshamul Haque Alig from Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman. (The course was originally offered by Madinah Islamic University.) Click here to register for this free online course, and write to jiarimam1@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Beth El Synagogue (1004 Watts St) will host its First Friday Shabbat Service and Potluck with DurhamISH on May 6, 6:30–9pm. Every month, a different group of volunteers will lead the Shabbat services in whatever style they choose. Attendees are invited to bring a vegetarian dish to share. Everyone will be expected to wear face masks when not actively eating or drinking. The service will be held in the multipurpose room and the potluck dinner will be enjoyed in the heating tent in the parking lot. Click here to let Alexina Haefner know if you’d like to lead a few tunes or offer any additional help.

The next First Friday Shabbat Service and Potluck will be held on June 3.


Here’s the April lineup for the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse’s free music concert series. This Christian-music venue is located at 2700 N Roxboro Rd, at St Paul United Methodist Church, and donations are always graciously accepted. Call 919-220-2458 or visit the website to view the full schedule:

  • Saturday, May 7, 7:30pm—Ace & T-Bone

  • Saturday, May 14, 7:30pm—Mike Paris 

  • Saturday, May 21, 7:30pm—Fairtomiddlin

  • Saturday, May 28, 7:30pm—Robert Buxton

  • Saturday, June 4, 7:30pm—Mike Poole.


The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) announces their participation in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. Locally, this program is run under the Durham Health and Human Services through their Child and Adult Care Food Program. Free Snacks and Meals will be distributed on weekday afternoons to people in need from 3 to 6pm. Grocery Giveaways are held on Tuesdays at 12:30pm; be sure to sign in by noon. Write to community@nvoac.org for more info. Don’t forget your face mask.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesdays from 5 to 6pm. The House of Mercy Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will give away fresh, frozen, and canned foods and gently used clothing to individuals and families in need. Click here for more info.

The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Fridays, where people in need can receive help from 10am to noon every Friday. You can get some canned goods, meats, drinks, snacks, hygiene items, and even pet food. Be sure to take a copy of your apartment/home lease agreement and a current photo ID; they advise that you take a strong bag as well. Call 919-688-7306 for more info. Volunteers are needed to help sort, package, and dispense items on Free Food Fridays. If you’re available, click here for more info.

If you’re able to help the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry distribute food and household items for people in need, please drop off your donations at Jewish for Good at the Levin JCC (1937 W Cornwallis Rd, at the curb) on Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30pm. Here’s what’s needed most: Nonperishable, unexpired shelf stable food, such as canned tuna, dried pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, canned beans, canned vegetables, canned soup, canned fruit, paper grocery bags; also unused, packaged hygiene products, such as bar soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, and travel-size shampoos, conditioners, and body soap.

One Love Christian Church (1315 Horton Rd) will host a Drive-Thru Food Distribution on Saturday, April 9, 11am–1pm. Call 919-688-2163 for more info.

Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman will have their monthly drive-through Neighborhood Food Pantry Giveaway in the parking lot of the 3034 Fayetteville St location on Saturday, April 9, 2–4pm. Click here to view the events at both locations (the Parkwood masjid is at 5122 Revere Rd).

White Rock Baptist Church (3400 Fayetteville St) will have their monthly Community Food Distribution on Saturday, April 9, 11am–1pm. Drive up on the Fisher Development side of the church. Click here for more info.

Various houses of worship provide groceries at no charge for people in need, and Durham Congregations in Action has a calendar showing where you can go to get help. Just click on the buttons below:

​Here’s where you can get some assistance:

Here’s where you can get a hot meal:

Here’s where you can go if you need emergency shelter:

And here are all kinds of services offered to people in need: