Communications Coordinator Position Available

Communications Coordinator Position Available

Blacknall is seeking a Communications Coordinator (25 hours/week) to enhance and coordinate the various forms of communication serving members, visitors, and the public. Duties include overseeing and facilitating church communication through written, verbal, and electronic media. Click here for a complete position description and application.

Summer Sunday School Offerings

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Summer Sunday School begins on Sunday, May 31!  Listed below are some of the new classes being offered this summer. Please click here for a complete list of Sunday School courses offered at Blacknall.

The Seven Deadly Sins (through August 16 in the Fellowship Hall) – Have you ever felt in yourself any of the “seven deadly sins” of envy, vainglory, sloth, avarice, anger, gluttony, and lust? (Good to have your attention!) Would you like to learn more about the surprising ways that these “capital vices” show up in our day, and the way that scripture speaks of their remedies? Teachers will include Warren Kinghorn, Betsy Poole, Janise Matyas-Smity, and Brett McCarty. Contact: Warren Kinghorn.

Family Story Stations (through August 16 in the Elementary Hall) –  This summer we want to give everyone in the congregation the opportunity to explore God’s story with a child.  Instead of our traditional preschool and early elementary Sunday School classes, we are going to create a special place during the Sunday School hour where you and a child or children, either your own or someone else’s, can consider God’s word and spend time engaging your heart with His story. The Elementary Hallway will be transformed each week into a series of rooms or “stations” centered on one story from the Old Testament. Rooms will include multi-sensory ways to engage with scripture through quiet reading, prayer, art, and food. The atmosphere will be contemplative and inviting. Our hope is that classes of all ages will use this opportunity to engage with scripture. Click here to read a letter from Traci and Beth about this exciting new opportunity. Contact: Beth Solie or Traci Hoover.

Women’s Ministry Gratitude Workshop: June 20

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Abundant Joy Gratitude Workshop: The Gift of Joy

A one-day women’s gathering sponsored by Abundant Joy Center for Women’s Ministries

Saturday, June 20
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
$20 registration fee includes lunch, journal, materials, and gift book. Childcare provided.

To dare to live fully, learn now to recognize and record God’s gifts in our sometime simple, everyday life. Watch the blessings accumulate in your monthly journal. No matter what the circumstances might be, you will learn to see JOY in all things large and small! Showing gratitude will become a new habit in your life.

This special day will include a presentation by Beth Benham. We’ll begin our time together with a presentation followed by lunch and then crafting the Gratitude Journal together for the remainder of the afternoon.

Contact: Margaret Frothingham (

RSVP for the Mission & Outreach Dinner: Sun 5/10

Sunday, May 10 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Click here to RSVP.

Come celebrate what God is doing in and through our Blacknall mission partners across Durham and across the world. Mission partners will share personal stories over a catered BBQ dinner, and then we will break up in groups to pray for our partners. Our friends from St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church are providing the catered dinner. EVERYONE is welcome! Whether this is your first time or your hundredth time praying for missionaries, we hope to see you there.

April 25 International Student Saturday Supper

International Student Saturday Supper
Saturday, April 25,  5:30pm7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall
This Evening’s Topic for Discussion:
Love, Dating & Marriage – we’ll have a unique way to for all attendees to hear and learn from each other on these important topics.
We need your help in making this time together a success!
Joyce Kight will be helping to coordinate the potluck dinner this month.   Please RSVP to Joyce Kight (, 919-612-3510) or fill out the registration form if you can help provide a dish of food for the dinner?
  • Bring a dish or two to share with others  (10-14 main dishes needed)
  • Assist with serving dinner (4-5 people needed)
  • Assist with set up/clean up (8-10 people needed)
  • Be a table host and help facilitate a small discussion group (10 needed)

Spring Picnic Rescheduled for Sunday, May 31


Blacknall’s Spring Picnic has been rescheduled!
Sunday, May 31 at 3:30 p.m.
West Point on the Eno Park (Click HERE for directions)

Come for a fun afternoon of fellowship, delicious food, and perhaps a kickball game or two! People with last names beginning with A-M, please bring a side, and N-Z, please bring a dessert. Contact: Lori Riggs or Lauren McCrary with questions.

Global Hunger Talk & Food Packing Event

Saturday, April 11
12-4 p.m. at the Scharf Hall at the Krzyzewski Center
Lunch & talk at 12 p.m. / Food packing begins at 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Center for Christianity and Scholarship

Click here to download the promotional flyer for full details.

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March/April Newsletter Now Available

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 2.50.31 PMThe March / April Newsletter is now available!  Highlights include:

  • Pastor’s Letter from Allan Poole
  • Interview with Blacknall interns James Fenwick & Beth Hilliard
  • Intinction II: A Personal Reflection on Weekly Communion from Lauren Holahan
  • Stories from our Life Together

Click here to download the full version.

Great Day of Service Returns on April 18

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The Great Day of Service Returns!

Saturday, April 18
Service projects: 7:30 a.m. – noon; Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Childcare provided at Blacknall for children ages 3 and younger.

CLICK HERE to register online

Blacknall members and friends will gather at the church at 7:30 a.m. and then head out across the local community for a variety of local service projects that will last until noon. GDOS is a great way to make new friends at Blacknall, get your hands dirty, and experience some of the ways that God is working through our local ministry partners. This year, lunch will be celebrated with our friends at Iglesia Emanuel (2504 N. Roxboro Street) starting at 12:30 p.m.  Child care for children ages 3 and younger will be provided at the church. Register online or sign-up in the Lower Atrium. Contact Bo Harrison for more information.

Holy Week Service Schedule

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Holy Week Service Schedule

Maundy Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. – Blacknall will be joined by the congregation of Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church. Mt. Level will provide the preaching and music. A reception will follow the service. Childcare provided for children 4 years old and younger.

Good Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. – We will gather to reflect on the passion of our Lord with a Tenebrae Service. This is a powerful time of coming face-to-face with the events of that day, when the Lamb of God took upon Himself the sins of the world. Childcare provided for Grade 2 and younger.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, April 5 at 6 a.m. – We will return Mt. Level’s visit by celebrating the Ressurection in their sanctuary (316 Hebron Road). Blacknall will provide the music leadership and preaching. We will worship at Blacknall at 8:30 and 11 a.m. as usual.