Next Summer: Upper Elementary Discovery Groups

Introducing Discovery Groups Next Summer

Mark your calendars for June 15-19, 2015! Our older elementary children, grades 3-5, will gather at the church each morning. They will form two groups, one for boys and one for girls, and then embark on a week of discovery hosted by a variety of adults in our congregation. The day begins and ends with Scripture study and worship. Most of the activities are offsite and may include: a day canoeing and swimming at the Eno River, mountain biking, museum trips, field games, rock climbing, all types of adventure and discovery. This will be a formative week for these older children and will strengthen their community with one another, their connection to the body of Christ at Blacknall, and their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Interested in getting involved? We’re planning now! Contact Traci Hoover.

IHN School Supply Drive

backpackDurham Interfaith Hospitality Network is asking for support from Blacknall with the annual school supply drive.  Blacknall has signed up to provide 6 back packs this year for three High School Girls,  two High School Boys, and one 2nd Grade Boy.  Please email Lisa Mitchell at to get a copy of the supply list. Backpacks need to be ready by Sunday, August 10.  If you prefer to donate by cash, check, or gift card, Lisa Mitchell will be happy to do the shopping for the supplies.  Thanks for your support for DIHN!

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New Summer Sunday School Class: Apostles’ Creed

Explore the Apostles’ Creed during the Sunday School hour. When we recite together the Apostles’ Creed at Blacknall, we repeat one of the earliest and most enduring affirmations of the Church’s faith, dating from when Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension were a not-so-distant memory. Join us for an interactive engagement with the Creed this summer, during the Sunday School hour, as we explore the Creed and its implication for our lives.

Taught by Allan Poole, Warren Kinghorn, and others, the class meets in the Fellowship Hall from 10-10:45 am.


IHN: Service Week, June 29th – July 5th

Please pray for the 45 volunteers signed up to give rides, play uno, serve meals, and care for homeless families in Durham this week. Thank you!

Durham IHN: A community response to homeless families.

Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network: A community response to homeless families.


Interfaith Hospitality Network: Service Week- June 29th-July 5th
The Interfaith Hospitality Network provides temporary shelter to homeless families throughout the year. Since homelessness does not take a vacation during the summer, Blacknall volunteers are needed for our next service opportunity June 29th- July 5th. The commitment is  one evening/night and can be for as little as an hour. The impact is great. Our current needs are for volunteers to spend an evening or part of an evening between 5:30-8:30 interacting with the families or stay overnight to support the families (8:30pm- to the next morning). Click here to learn more about Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network. If you are interested in volunteering would like more information about IHN, please contact Anne Paulson.

VBS Picture Update.

Vacation Bible School is off to a wonderful start. This week at Blacknall VBS,  children are learning how God guides and provides — just as He did for Moses.

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Get to know our Blacknall Missionaries this summer!

Several Blacknall missionaries will be in town this summer!  We will have three opportunities to get to know what God is doing through three of the missionaries that Blacknall supports.  In each case we will hear them give a brief report in worship followed by a potluck lunch where we can hear more details and ask questions about their ministries.  Put these dates on your calendar and plan on hearing more of what God is doing in the world.
  • June 22,  David & Erin Pervis will share about their church planting ministry and what God is doing in these turbulent days in Ukraine.
  • July   13,  Abby Demarest will share with us about God calling her to serve in Ireland as she prepares to start her ministry there in September.
  • July   27,  Rich & Barb Leary will share with us about their work in Eastern Europe and Ukraine, training leaders for the Church.
We are so thankful for the partnerships with our missionaries as they continue to seek God’s Kingdom.

Women’s Ministry: Wednesday Evening Events

Summer Wednesday Evening Events These are informal gatherings which are just right to invite a friend or come solo and count on meeting new friends.        

  • Wednesday, July 9, Bethany Innes Bonnemere and Dana McCarty will lead us in a worship dance class.   No prior experience necessary.  Wear comfortable clothes. This event is at Blacknall.  Childcare is available.  To sign up, please contact Beth Solie,
  • Wednesday, July 16. Let’s meet at Cocoa and Cinnamon (420 W Geer Street) Coffee, hot chocolate, tea served in a fun atmosphere in downtown Durham near Central Park School   Traci Hoover hosts (7-9 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, July 23 Jessica Butler, Ashley Kernodle, Julie Bryce and Molly Demarest would like to host a gathering this night. Location, to be announced later!
  • Wednesday, August 13, Shelly Epps will host a beading night.  Bring your supplies and we’ll create together.  Both of these events are in the Blacknall Fellowship Hall from 7-9 PM.  More details will come later.  Childcare is available, though we ask you register.  To sign up, please contact  Beth Solie

Come Volunteer: Summer Nursery

Summer often brings changes in routine and schedule resulting in shifts in nursery volunteers. We are in need of nursery volunteers to serve for the summer season. Volunteers are placed on rotations to serve twice over the course of 12-weeks (beginning June 8). Intimated by diapers? Training is available. Contact Beth Solie to sign-up today. Click here for more information about the Blacknall nursery.

International Student Airport Welcome: Aug. 15-16

International Students, Inc. (ISI) invites the Blacknall family to join our annual Airport Welcome in partnership with Duke University’s International House. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to give a ride to an international student coming to Durham and to Duke. ISI will pair you up with an incoming student that needs a pick up from the airport. Many great friendships have been formed over such a simply gift. Let us welcome our international friends with this generous act of hospitality.

Who: 50 to 65 international freshman and exchange students

When: Friday and Saturday, August 15-16, 2014

How: Contact Dwayne Lee to volunteer, or complete the questionnaire at

Women’s Summer Study: Prayers in Scripture

New Summer Wednesday Morning Study: Prayers in Scripture (10-11:30 a.m.) May 28 – July 23 (excluding VBS week) in the Fellowship Hall, women are invited to look at a different scripture prayer each week with rotating teachers. The format is much simpler than the study during the year, and will vary from week to week, offering a mix of contemplative time, discussion, and teaching. In trying to keep things simple, no refreshments will be served, but you are welcome to bring your own. Childcare is available, though please register on CCB.  CLICK HERE to register.

Questions? Contact: Keely Leim (919.442.8455;