Community Support







We need you to be a part of our

Jeffreys Grove Reading Buddy Ministry team!


By dedicating a short amount of time one morning every other week or twice monthly, you can help change the life of a child. This ministry is not only important in helping a child to build skills and confidence in reading, but also in helping a child to know that someone outside of their family believes in them, supports them, and loves them. That’s life-changing! If you have any questions or would like to join the team, please contact Cortney Babajtis or sign up in the narthex on Sunday morning.



Disaster Ministries serves as a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster, fostering partnerships between United Methodists and others to help rebuild homes, communities, and lives. Early Response Teams (ERT) help recover and repair homes affected by natural disasters. If you are interested in becoming ERT certified, sign up for an upcoming class.


Basic Early Response Team Classes: Cost $30

ERT 200 On Site Management Recertification Class: Cost $20

ERT Classes Offered:

  • September 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Whiteville Disaster Ministries Center 117 E Nance Street, Whiteville, NC 28472
  • September 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the NC Conference Building 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, NC 27529
  • September 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Swansboro Disaster Ministries Center, 665 W Corbett Ave., Swansboro, NC 28584
  • September 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Newport Disaster Ministries Center, 1011 Orange Street, Newport, NC 28570
  • September 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jordan’s Chapel UMC  4670 Stag Park Road, Burgaw, NC 28425
  • October 2, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lumberton Disaster Ministries Center, 200 E 8th Street, Lumberton, NC 28358
  • October 3, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tarboro Disaster Ministries Center, 2909 N. Main Street, Tarboro, NC 27886
  • October 10, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Washington Disaster Ministries Center, 594 Harvey Road, Washington, NC 27889
  • October 12, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Jordan’s Chapel UMC, 4670 Stag Park Road, Burgaw, NC 28425

Sign up for an upcoming class on the NC Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission website: To schedule volunteer opportunities, call 888-440-9167 or email

You are invited to our Coffeehouse social, where we share refreshments, listen to live bands, dance a little, and meet friends, both new and old. This ministry offers the opportunity for members of the Raleigh disabilities community to see each other on a regular basis, where for some it would be difficult to get up and out. Our church members enjoy the company of our guests, provide wonderful cookies and coffee, and everyone has a really great time.


Would you like to participate in this wonderful time together? Whether you come as a guest or a volunteer, we would love to see you there!


Please contact Carol or Chuck Moore at for more information or to volunteer.


Friday, October 4, 2019

7:00-8:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Let's Help Those in Need!
Please Donate to Our North Raleigh Ministries Food Drive
Benson Memorial is heading a food drive to benefit the North Raleigh Ministries (NRM) food pantry, and we are asking you to help us care for our less-fortunate Raleigh community members. Whenever we have five Sundays in a month, on that fifth Sunday, we gather our donated food/cleaning items and deliver them to NRM. Here's a list of what is urgently needed, but other food items will be happily accepted:
  • jelly (no glass jars)
  • crackers
  • pasta sauce (in plastic jars or cans)
  • canned vegetables (especially corn and green beans)
  • canned tuna
  • beverages
  • boxed dinners
  • desserts
  • snacks
  • personal hygiene items
  • paper towels
  • all types of cleaning supplies
Please bring your food donations to the church office, or leave them in the wagon in the hallway of the Administration building. We will continue to collect items throughout the summer and fall, so you may bring items on any day. Thank you for your generous donations!

Individual members of our congregation are actively engaged in service activities beyond our official Outreach Ministries. The following is a list of community organizations our members are involved with.

Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen

Serves a free lunch to anyone who walks through the doors every weekday with no questions asked. For more information, email Diane or visit the Shepherd's Table website.

Meals on Wheels of Wake County

Meals on Wheels of Wake County wants to end senior hunger in our community by serving the elderly, homebound, and people with disabilities. For more information, email George.

Frankie Lemmon School

FLS is a non-profit preschool for children with developmental disabilities founded by a minister at Hayes Barton Baptist Church over fifty years ago. Volunteers help teachers during their daily routine and assist children with activities. For more information, email Susan or visit the Frankie Lemon School website.

Senior Health Insurance Information

Provides free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and long-term care insurance. For more information, email Don.

Wake County Public Schools

Our members tutor K-2 students at Jeffrey's Grove Elementary School and Brooks Elementary School. For more information, email Billie or Diane.

Environmental Defense Fund Ambassador Program

The EDF Ambassador Community is a collective of EDF supporters who are bringing a global conversation down to a local level by talking about solutions for the planet with their friends and neighbors. For more information, email Sarah or visit the Ambassador Program website.

Change the Triangle

Change the Triangle is a volunteer organization for young professionals in the Triangle area of North Carolina. The goal is to give young professionals a way to become involved with the local community in a fun, relaxed social setting with minimal time commitment. For more information, email Sarah or visit the Change the Triangle website.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI provides short non-credit courses, study trips, and special events for adults aged 50+. Topics are wide-ranging in the liberal arts and sciences, with emphasis on learning for the joy of learning. Programs range from one-time lectures to six-week courses. Email Don for more information or visit the OLLI website.


Hesed, a Hebrew word meaning "God's lovingkindness," is a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to adults with developmental disabilities, their families, and their friends. Hesed organizes a spiritual retreat every year at a fully handicapped accessible camp. Participants meet new friends and join them in worship, music, and discussions about the life of Christ. They dress in costumes like those that Jesus' friends wore and participate in short dramas about important events in Jesus' life on earth. For more information, email Chuck and Carol or visit the Hesed website.

Wake Women's Center

The Women's Center of Wake County, Inc. is a multi-services resource center that addresses the challenging issues of poverty and homelessness for single women and women with families. For more information, email Diane and John or visit the Wake Women's Center website.

Mothers and Their Children

Located on the grounds of the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women, Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) provides a homelike visitation center where children can visit with their incarcerated mothers. All visits are supervised by two volunteers (not prison staff) and allow children to visit with their mom in a more relaxed environment than what regular prison visitation has to offer. Prison Volunteer Training is required along with additional MATCH training. For more information, visit the MATCH website. You can also email the MATCH executive director or Susan Myrick, a regular volunteer from Benson Memorial.


A joint effort by Resources for Seniors and the SPCA of Wake County, AniMeals provides free pet food deliveries to low-income, homebound, senior citizen pet owners to help keep people and their pets together. Visits/deliveries happen every other month around the third Saturday. For more information, visit the AniMeals website. If you have any questions, email Naomi Avissar, SPCA Volunteer Services Director. You can also email Susan Myrick, a member of Benson Memorial who regularly volunteers with AniMeals.


The USO of North Carolina at Raleigh Durham International Airport provides a home away from home for active and retired service members and their families. The organization provides food, drinks, computers, TV, and video games for those traveling to and from RDU. All services are free. The center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Overnight travelers are accommodated if needed. Over 3,000 soldiers and marines are served each month. Donations of home cooked food and desserts are appreciated, as are snack foods and toiletries. Monetary donations are gladly accepted, since we are a self-funded organization. For more information, click here or email Nan Maples.

Growing Together Preschool

The mission of Growing Together Preschool is to provide free early childhood education for three and four-year-old children living in low-income housing in downtown Raleigh. The goal of this program is to prepare at-risk preschoolers for success in kindergarten. The preschool also offers support and educational resources for preschool families in order to assist them in raising healthy, happy, and well-prepared children. For more information, click here or email Karen.