Know Your Neighbor Week

April 22-30

Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. But how can we love our neighbors well if we don’t know them? Here’s our chance to start or deepen a friendship with those physically closest to us by doing something intentional with a neighbor.

Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  • Invite a family to the Blacknall Block party (on Iredell Street) after second service on April 23rd – free bouncy house!
  • Ask a social justice-minded neighbor to serve with you on Blacknall’s Great Day of Service (April 29)
  • Host an ice cream sundae party or churn as a group
  • Invite a neighbor going through a stressful time over for afternoon tea or coffee
  • Plan a playdate with a neighbor’s kids
  • Ask a Durham foodie to suggest a lunch spot you can try together, or go to a food truck rodeo
  • Ask a friend to join you for the Durham Nativity School yard sale (7am-12pm) and food truck lunch (11am-3pm) on April 22
  • Host a dinner or dessert potluck, suggest a “progressive” dinner at different homes
  • Invite a movie buff to see a new release together
  • Women- invite a neighbor who seems curious about Bible Study to the brunch on April 27

Questions? Contact Ali Shoenfelt.

Holy Week & Easter

Scriptural Way of The Cross   
Monday-Friday, April 10-14 | 9-5 & 6-8 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Walk the self-guided interactive space & follow Jesus along his journey to the cross. Spend time in contemplation and prayer and come back with friends and neighbors. Children are welcome and families are encouraged to come together. Parents may want to view the space first before bringing younger elementary ages.

Maundy Thursday      
Thursday, April 13 | 7 p.m.
Blacknall will be joined by Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church.
Childcare age 4 & younger.

Good Friday      
Friday, April 14 | 7 p.m.
A Tenebrae Service reflecting on the passion of our Lord.
Childcare 2nd grade & younger.

Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Level      
Sunday, April 16 | 6 a.m.
Rise early and celebrate the resurrection at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church (316 Hebron Road).

Easter Services at Blacknall   
Sunday, April 16 | 8:30 & 11 a.m.
A joyful morning of worship and fellowship!

Scriptural Way of the Cross Hosts

Sign Up Here

Did you spend any time last spring in the fellowship hall during Holy week? Were you able to pray through the Scriptural Way of the Cross stations? Did you come back again to bring a friend or neighbor or family member? This space will once again be prepared before Palm Sunday, and will remain open during business hours Monday through Friday, April 10-14.

We hope also to keep the space open from 6-8 p.m. as well. This will require a couple of hosts to be on hand to, well, host people. Monday through Wednesday hosts will be in place to welcome people to the Iredell street door and point the way to the Stations. Thursday and Friday hosts will be needed after the evening services in the Sanctuary. A list of responsibilities (which really are minimal) will be forwarded to hosts who sign up. The housekeeping staff will also be in place each evening and will be responsible for locking up after hosts are gone each evening. Would you consider taking one of these evening slots, perhaps with a friend or with your spouse, to help welcome those seeking to meet God in this space during Holy Week?

Spring Newsletter

View Here

Highlights include:

  • “Hosting Syrian Refugees: A Week with Baraa, Ola, & Hammouda” – By Kay Ferguson
  • “Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline” – A Book Review by Mandy Rodgers-Gate
  • “Longing for Wellness: Reimagining Health & the Church” –  By Mary Banks Knechtle

Lenten Suppers & Services

Simple Suppers

Wednesdays, 6 p.m. | March 8-April 5 | Fellowship Hall
The church will provide a simple meal for $3/person and $10/family. Payment is accepted at the dinner. If you’d like to help with the meals, please sign up here. Contact: Carmen Nashland.


Wednesdays, 7-7:30 p.m. | March 8-April 5 | Sanctuary
Come and worship as a way to journey together toward Easter. Childcare age 4 and younger.

Welcoming Refugees

A group from Blacknall has been working with World Relief Durham to welcome two Syrian refugee families to Durham.  They arrived over a week ago and they have been deeply blessed by the outpouring of support and welcome that many of you helped to provide.  The two families are gradually beginning to get settled into their new lives as children began school this week and as the parents begin taking English lessons.

Many of us have been moved by the refugee crisis.  If you would like to respond, here are three simple ways:

Advocate: If you feel that our president’s executive order sends the wrong message about who we are as a nation, World Relief Durham has an advocacy page that encourages you to send an email to our elected representatives.  Click here if you are interested in responding this way.

Pray:  This Thursday, February 2, 7-8 p.m., World Relief Durham invites you to join refugees and those who stand with refugees for a time of guided and silent prayer. The time will be spent “seeking God’s face in light of the recent changes to the refugee resettlement program in America.” All are welcome, however, childcare will not be provided.  This will be at Cedar Fork Baptist Church, 5117 S. Miami Blvd, Durham.  If you can attend, please RSVP here.

Pray: World Relief Durham has a 24/7 Prayer Team.  You can click here to sign up to pray or to see prayer guides for prayer as an individual or as a small group.  Please include in your prayers our Good Neighbor Team and our two families.


Art for Scriptural Way of the Cross

Would you like to share or create a piece of art related to the Scriptural Way of the Cross stations? The Scriptural Way follows Jesus along his journey to the cross and allows us to engage with the story of Jesus’ passion during Lent.

View Stations & Sign Up

Alpha Marriage Help

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The Alpha Marriage Course needs you! Beginning this Thursday, January 19 through March 9, sixteen couples will gather at Blacknall for a delicious and romantic meal for two before engaging in the content of the Marriage Course. The course enables couples of any age or stage to reconnect and strengthen their marriage by learning meaningful skills and habits. Volunteers are still needed to contribute to, set up and clean up after meals, greet guests, and pray while the couples meet.

Women’s Fireside Chat

Saturday, January 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Join us at the home of Serena Whisenhunt. At the fall Women’s Retreat, Goodie encouraged us to practice sharing our stories. Here is an invitation to do just that! Whether you were at the retreat or not, please come to an extension of the Fireside Chat. Preparation is not required, though if you’d like to prepare, here’s a suggestion from the retreat:

Writing in first person and/or third person, craft your story using these prompts. They help you find the essentials of your story (“Once upon a time…and every day….until one day…and because of this (and then)….and then….until finally…and ever since that day…”). The content of the event will be determined by the storytellers – you!

Help Welcome Syrian Refugees

World Relief Durham volunteers at Blacknall are setting up apartments for an extended family of 10 refugees from Aleppo (four adults, six children). They are arriving Thursday, January 19, and we need your help to create a warm and welcoming home for them!


  • Donate gently used or new items for the apartment. Sign up here. (NOTE: There are separate lists for groceries, furniture, etc., that you can access through tabs across the bottom of the document.) Drop off small items during Young Adult sunday school in the Community Room. To give larger items, contact Abby Ampil.
  • Come to a work-assignment potluck this Sunday, Jan. 15, in the Fellowship Hall after the 2nd service. There is a lot to do to welcome the family next week, especially in setting up the apartment. If you would like to pitch in, join us! No prior World Relief experience required.
The volunteer team is grateful for any help! Thank you for your support.