Listening Tour

tour-slideThroughout the fall, Blacknall has been gathering stories of God’s goodness and praying, reflecting, and listening for what God may be asking of us for the future. As we approach our 100th Anniversary in 2016, let’s lean into the future together, celebrate God’s goodness and listen well to how and where the Lord may be leading.

Group Conversation

Sunday, January 10, Lunch after the second service


  • How is Blacknall living out God’s Kingdom in Durham and in the world, and how do you see Blacknall embodying the gospel most clearly?
  • What are your God-given gifts and how does Blacknall help you discover, nurture, and encourage you to use those gifts? How can Blacknall help you in your desire to follow Christ more faithfully?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for Blacknall (in the next 10 years)?  Where do you think the Holy Spirit is leading us?

This is an opportunity to take part in discussion sessions which, similar to our 2006 conversations, will allow thought and discussion around a few general questions.


Take the online survey

Open November 15-January 15

We will offer a survey from leaders of our various ministries, delivered both in print and via our website. We hope the survey feedback will help our ministries be as effective as possible.

Sermon Series and Sunday School Class

A sermon series on nine principles which guide our theology and ministries at Blacknall. This series is paired with a Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall entitled, “The Cross at Perry and Iredell.”

POSTPONED – Benedict Option with Rod Dreher


This event has been postponed for health reasons until Spring 2016. Read more information about Rod Dreher’s health on his blog.

Rod Dreher, a noted author and essayist, is calling for communities and institutions to take the Benedict Option – to live out Christianity as groups of people determined to resist certain dehumanizing trends of modernity. Dreher’s Benedict Option is much-discussed among thought leaders in the church, academy and national press.

Rod is a senior editor at The American Conservative and the author of Crunchy Cons, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, and How Dante Can Save Your Life. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Post, the Dallas Morning News, National Review, First Things, and the Wall Street Journal, and broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC Radio. He lives in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children.

Festival of the Bean

Sunday, October 18 | 3:30-7 p.m. | Camp Chestnut Ridge
Blacknall’s 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off! Celebrate the fall season with hay rides, lawn games, s’mores, and a chance to get crowned Lord of the Bean. For more information, contact Kelli Sittser.

3:30–4 p.m.    Arrive & check-in chili
4-6 p.m.      Hayrides and lawn games
4:45 p.m.  Deadline for chili entrants
5-5:30 p.m.    Chili tasting & voting by judges
5:30–6:15 p.m.    Dinner, S’mores by the fire
6:15 p.m.    Lord of the Bean Award Ceremony
6:30 p.m.     Clean up

Chili Cook-Off

Prizes will be awarded for each category (Traditional, Vegetarian, or Spicy), with a special prize for the best named chili. Of course, the overall best-in-show will be crowned Lord of the Bean.

  • Bring you chili to the check-in table by 4:45 p.m.
  • At check-in, your chili will be assigned a number and labeled with a recipe name, if you have one. Recipe names may not reference the cook(s), and voting will be anonymous.
  • You will select a category to enter: Traditional, Vegetarian, or Spicy.
  • The most votes in each category will win that category, and the most votes overall will win Lord of the Bean!
  • Please Bring
    • Crockpot or other warming device to hold the chili.
    • Tablespoon to serve chili during judging.
    • Ladle, for serving chili during dinner.
    • Extension cord.
    • Any accoutrements your chili requires (sour cream, cilantro, cheese, jalapenos, etc.)
    • Please label your chili pot and all supplies with your name!


Monday Morning Men (M3) Small Group

Men of all ages are invited to the weekly Monday Morning Men (M3) small group.  The first meeting this season is Monday, September 14 from 6:30-7:30am.  Bagels and coffee will be served.  The group discussion is about the sermon from the previous Sunday morning, so preparation is minimal.  Contact: Peter Lima

Women’s Bible Study

Thursdays / 9:30 – 11:30 am / September 10 – December 3

Women’s Bible Study is about to kick off our fall semester! We are a community of women who meet for a time of fellowship, worship, teaching, and small group discussion and prayer. Our fall semester will begin on Thursday, September 10 and will end with a delicious brunch on December 3.

This year, we will engage in a year-long study of the book of Romans, using John Stott’s Romans: Encountering the Gospel’s Power as a resource. Childcare is provided.

Please register online using the form on CCB. If you have questions, contact Kathy Mitchell ( or 919.332.4300).