Exploring Weekly Communion

002_NCC_120205_0158_CROPAt the beginning of the summer the Session approved a six-month period, beginning in July, when we would celebrate the Lord’s Supper each week at both worship services. In preparation for this change, the sermons during the month of June explored the meaning of the Supper, and why we might be led to make this a more frequent element in our worship life together….Read the full letter from the Worship Committee

Click the links below to listen to the sermon series from June:

Christian Community Development Conference: Sept. 24-27


September 24-27
Raleigh Convention Center

The Christian Community Development Association national conference is in Raleigh, September 24-27. CCDA was started by John Perkins and the ministry of Voice of Calvary in Mississippi in the late 1980′s. The conference will draw 2500 people who serve in Christian ministries (like many of the local ministries we support). Reality Ministries is a field trip site! Event is at the Raleigh Convention Center. Blacknall has a small fund to assist with registration, and volunteers (who work 10 hours there) can attend for $49. Deadline for registration is September 9. Check out the website: www.ccda.org.

For information on registration and to apply for financial help from Blacknall, click here or contact Margaret or Susie Meghdadpour.

View the VBS Slideshow

Wilderness Escape 2014 was a huge success! We had 129 children participate and over 80 volunteers throughout the week. Thank you to all who made this possible. View the slideshow below for highlights from the week:

Blacknall VBS 2014: Wilderness Escape from Blacknall Presbyterian Church on Vimeo.

Click here for more information about VBS at Blacknall.

Promotion Sunday: August 24

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Mark your calendars for Promotion Sunday, August 24! 

All children in Nursery, Sunday School, Children’s Church and Junior Church, as well as youth going into Middle School and High School, will move up into their next grade level for the 2014 – 2015 school year. During each Worship Service, we welcome our rising 4-year-olds (new to Children’s Church) and third graders who have graduated from Junior Church. Please plan on taking a moment to help your child adjust to a new class and fill out a registration form on this special day.

Contact: Traci Hoover or Beth Solie for more information.

TableTalk Begins Sept. 17

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Wednesdays evenings, September 17 – November 12, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Each fall, Blacknall hosts a 9-week educational series featuring dinner, fellowship, and learning programs for all ages. This is a highlight of Blacknall’s life together! Excellent teachers from the community plan exciting classes in biblical study, essentials of the Christian faith, marriage, mission, prayer, and more. The program also includes two great classes for preschool and elementary school children, and child care for infants and toddlers. Each Wednesday evening, participants enjoy a healthful dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and then move to classes from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Registration for fall 2014 classes will begin in early September.

For more information, contact Karl Umble.

Click here for more information.

Congregational Sunday School Kickoff

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Say YES to Sunday School this fall!

On Sunday, August 24 in between worship services, there will be a congregational gathering to kick-off fall classes and hear the vision for the Sunday School hour at Blacknall. More details to come.

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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Apostles’ Creed: New Series

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.

Click here to listen to the sermon series.


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.