College & Young Adult Brunch

ya-brunchSunday, August 28 | 12:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

Join us after the second service for brunch together in the Fellowship Hall! Post high school students and young adults welcome.

Sunday School Kick Off

SS-Kick-OffIt’s Sunday morning at 10 a.m. – did you know there are over twenty different things you could be doing at Blacknall?

Come to a congregational gathering August 28 in the  Sanctuary at 10 a.m., to learn about what takes place during the Sunday School hour and kick off our fall season. At this gathering, we’ll hear about the vision for the Sunday School hour for the upcoming year including available classes for all ages and opportunities to connect with one another during this time between services.

All Sunday School classes – children grades K-5, youth, and adults – will meet in the Sanctuary. Preschool and Nursery will meet as usual downstairs. Coffee and refreshments will follow in the Upper Atrium with an opportunity to meet Sunday School teachers and fellowship with one another.

Sign up for Women’s Bible Study

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Less than a month to go before Women’s Bible Study kicks off the fall semester! Our community meets each Thursday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for a time of fellowship, worship, teaching, small group discussion and prayer. The fall semester begins on Thursday, September 15 and ends with a delicious brunch on December 1. The curriculum, Open Your Bible by Amanda B. Williams and Raechel Myers, is a Scripture study using Old and New Testament passages. It offers a refreshing approach to study and small group discussion as we interact with Scripture. After a short break, we will continue our study by examining the Gospel of John in the spring semester. The cost for the semester is $20, collected at our first meeting. Childcare is provided.

Contact: Leslie Petree, Small Group Coordinator


Playgroup photoThursdays in August (4, 11, 18, & 25)

Join us in the Blacknall nursery from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Karen Strubel, Ph.D., will join us for conversations about child development and parenting. Karen is a clinical psychologist whose specialties include play therapy, parent coaching, attachment formation and repair. She holds an M.A. in theology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. The Blacknall Library will be open these mornings, so drop by and check out a book or two for the Mission Builders summer reading program. We hope many will join us for these fun playgroup mornings!

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Backyard Bible Adventure

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A bi-monthly newsletter, sharing stories, poems, and art from our life together at Blacknall. Do you have something to share for the next newsletter? Contact Mary Grimm.


Summer Reading Group

book-pic-1You are invited to join in a Blacknall summer reading group led by Allan Poole and others. The book that will be commanding our attention is James K. A. Smith’s You Are What you Love. If you are interested, please email Allan. We understand that travel and vacation plans may not make it possible for you to be there every time! There will be no quiz at the end. Come join us.





Summer Handout

From Story Stations to Summer Suppers, learn about what’s going on this summer in the Blacknall Summer Handout.

Pick up a hard copy in front of the Sanctuary or outside the Fellowship Hall!

Contact: Mary Grimm

Art Workshop

Wednesday, June 22, 7-9 p.m. | Fellowship Hall.


Let’s gather for some creative fun and fellowship with Durham artist  Eleatta Diver, who teaches and leads art parties around town. No prior art skill is necessary! Each participant will be given an 11×14 canvas. After reflecting on meaningful scriptures, participants will be guided as they learn simple ways of creating artful text using pencils, Sharpies and paint. Eleatta will demonstrate a beautiful method of adding subtle color and texture within the letters’ spaces.

For a fee of $15, all materials and instruction are provided. Consider coming with a meaningful phrase or scripture for your art-making.

Registration is open and closes June 20.  This is a wonderful event for inviting friends and neighbors for a women’s night out.  Contact: Margaret Frothingham

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  • Pastor’s Letter from Allan Poole
  • Reflection on living in Congo by Emily Hamilton
  • Reflection on mental health and the church by Warren Kinghorn
  • Snapshots of the Spring Block Party

Children’s Summer Registration


Girls’ Discovery Week – Register

Grades 3-5  |  June 27-30  | 9-3 p.m.
The girls begin their day together in Bible study and worship and then launch into a day of adventure and discovery led by different women from our church. There may be horseback riding, swimming, hiking, camping, creating, and storytelling. Every day is different and provides an opportunity to try something new that will challenge her and help her to grow spiritually.

Boys’ Discovery Days – Register

Grades 3-5 | June 14, 23, July 12, 26, August 16 | 5-9 p.m.
This summer we look forward to offering afternoon and evenings of adventure for our boys. They will have opportunities to fish, hike, camp, bake, make, and fellowship with one another led on their adventures by different men from our congregation.  Each evening will include a serious consideration of scripture and how it relates to their lives.

Questions? Contact: Traci Hoover.