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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New Summer Sunday School Class: Apostles’ Creed

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.


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.

VBS Picture Update.

Vacation Bible School is off to a wonderful start. This week at Blacknall VBS,  children are learning how God guides and provides — just as He did for Moses.

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