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

May | June Newsletter


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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.

Congo Trip

Interested in traveling to Beni as part of a team this fall? Blacknall is planning a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and our partners in Beni have suggested ways that we can serve UCBC and other ministries of Congo Initiative. A list of opportunities (including graduate education, curriculum development, teacher training, teaching English, and many others) can be found on Blacknall’s website. Contact: David Dunderdale

Opportunities for Service in DRC

Staff training at ABC and La Charité (Académie Bilingue du Congo–UCBC’s primary school)
Date: September
Topics for training could include lesson planning, teaching literacy and numeracy, bilingual education, development psychology, special needs and classroom management, how to make teaching materials, montessori style teaching and learning

Staff training at UCBC
Faculty development training
Date: September
Topics for training to include pedagogy, information literacy

GIS/GPS technology experts
Date: September or October
Train Sharing the Land team

Higher education administration training
Date: flexible

Library Science
Date: flexible
Library development, programming, “train the trainers”…

Intensive English
Date: October
This would likely look like running conversation groups with students, or working in consultation with Bilingual Affairs beforehand to cover some specific activities, or working to do some training for English teachers

Center for Development and Partnership
Date: flexible

Multimedia training for staff (+ many other interested students!)

Business/grants experts Date: flexible
Offer consultation for some new CDP projects

Staff Development IT department
Date: flexible

Habitat for Humanity Build

Centennial Habitat Build

In honor of the many hands that built Blacknall’s house of worship 100 years ago, let us use our hands in raising a new Durham home at 1203 Ivy Street.

Ways to Serve

Habitat Build Days May-September
Saturdays –  Sign up  (must be 16 or older)
Wednesdays – Sign up, scroll down and look for “New Construction with Mike”
Other Ways to Serve – Sign up to take photos or make lunches for workers

Are you having trouble signing up to build? Read these helpful directions. If you need more help, contact Anna Benfield, Habitat’s Volunteer Manager, or the church office.

Have questions or want to bring a group? Contact Anna Benfield.


May 14 – Kickoff at 1203 Ivy Street with family
Prayers for family, lunch together

October – Home Dedication
Ribbon-cutting, receiving keys  

Helpful Information

Appropriate Attire
Construction Volunteer Information
Durham Habitat Quick Facts

Contact: Anne Paulson


March | April Newsletter


The March | April 2016 Newsletter is now available!  Highlights include:

  • Pastor’s Letter from David Dunderdale
  • Poems from Serena Whisenhunt and Caroline Raby
  • Parking update from Donna McBrite
  • Snapshots of our Middle School Retreat

Download the newsletter

Cover Artwork – “The Feast of the Tabernacles” by Marc Chagall, 1916

Job Opening – Associate Pastor for Young Adult Ministry

Blacknall is hiring an Associate Pastor for Young Adult Ministry. To learn more, please view the job description and visit our employment page to apply.

Books for Families Blog

Blacknall has a new book blog for reviewing and recommending children’s books and parenting books. Maybe you’ve read a good book to a child and you really want others to experience that same joy you felt with a story well told. Or, you’ve wrestled with a parenting issue and found a book that helps with just the thing you’ve struggled.

This blog provides space to talk about what we’re reading, how it brings us joy, and how it leads us to think about what is noble, right, pure, and lovely. Would you like to write a review on a children’s book or parenting book? Contact Traci Hoover.

Visit the new blog at

New Women’s Daniel Bible Study

Thursdays, March 3-May 26, 7-9:15 p.m.

A Beth Moore study hosted by Julie Bryce and Holly Larson, studying the book of Daniel. The workbook may be purchased from Lifeway. To join or for more information, please contact Julie Bryce.

Lenten Services

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Lent is a season of preparation for our celebration of the Lord’s resurrection on Easter by taking time to practice habits that will help us to walk more closely with Christ and with one another.  Two of those habits are sharing a meal and worshiping together on Wednesday evenings. Come eat and worship as a way to journey together during the Lenten season.

Wednesday Evening Services

7-7:30 p.m. | February 10-March 16 | Sanctuary

Lenten services begin on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and continue through March 16. Childcare provided for infants through age 4.

Parking is available in the Duke Human Resources Lot. Please be mindful of street parking signs.

Simple Suppers

6-7 p.m. | February 10-March 16 | Fellowship Hall

Share Wednesday night meals together during Lent. The first and last suppers (February 10, March 16) are potluck, and the others (Feb 17, 24; March 2, 9) are simple suppers. Vegetarian options are available. Cost is $3/person and $10/family. Payment accepted at the door.

Would you like to host a supper? Sign-up on the volunteer form.

Contact: Margaret Frothingham

Lenten Discipleship Groups

Short-term small groups that aim to help us deepen our walk with Christ in gatherings for sharing, study, and prayer. Since they occur during Lent, a six-week period of preparation for Easter, these groups also aim to help us become people who are better able to respond to God’s boundless love for us.

Groups will gather at Blacknall for six weeks on Thursdays at 12-1 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.

Find more information on the announcements page.