worship (Gather)

We are called to GATHER as the Body of Christ for worship and community so that we may be people who are grounded in our relationship with our Creator, with humankind, and with all of creation (Acts 2.42). Click on the links to learn more about the different ways you can gather with the Benson Memorial UMC family.

We are transitioning to our first phase of restoration of indoor worship starting Sunday, May 23, our 8:45 a.m. service, in person. For now, our 11:00 a.m. service will continue to be offered online only at www.facebook.com/bensonmemorialumc


Out of our love and care for the safety of those most vulnerable among us, especially our youngest families with children who do not yet have access to the protection of vaccination, we will limit our attendance at first to 80 persons, we will keep safe distance from other households and we will continue to wear masks. Click here to read more details of how worship will be different in our current context.


Pre-registration is required of all persons. Click here to pre-register. If you need help with registration, please call Martha Johnston in the church office at (919) 787-0789 or email office@bensonmemorial.org and she will help you. There will be a waiting list for those who register after we’ve reached our cap of 80 persons. Those on the waiting list will have first priority to sign up to attend the following Sunday. (Wait-listed persons will be notified by email of their open registration time slot. All others will be notified 24 hours later.)


The check-in table opens at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday for all who have pre-registered. We can’t wait to welcome you back onto our beautiful campus and into our sanctuary!


Join us at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday

for online worship via Facebook Live video! 

The ministry of the church continues even though we are unable to meet in person. Please remember to give faithfully. Thank you!


Whether you are joining us in-person for worship on Sunday mornings or online, you have several options for how to access our online Bulletin-Beacon newsletter. We want everyone to have ease of access so consider these opportunities:

  • Friday’s churchwide email each week includes the link to each coming Sunday’s bulletin/worship order. 
  • Each Sunday’s bulletin/worship order is also available from the front page of our website at bensonmemorial.org.
  • During the live-stream or playback of our worship service, the link to the bulletin is in the description (‘show notes’) of the video at www.facebook.com/bensonmemorialumc.

For each of these above ways to access the Bulletin-Beacon newsletter you can:

  • Click the link to view and read ahead of time.
  • Print out to use if worshiping from home or to bring with you on Sunday morning.
  • Download the document to your phone/iPad/tablet to view from home or bring with you.

Additionally, if you are worshiping with us in person, a simplified worship order with the prayers, hymn lyrics, and

congregational responses are displayed on screen. You can also access our wifi in the sanctuary (password available on arrival) and view the bulletin from our home page.

Join us to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at both the 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. services.


At the check-in table you will pick up individual, pre-packaged communion cups for yourself/household. Holy Communion will be celebrated by remaining in our seats with the congregation receiving the elements all at the same time.


Those worshiping with us online at 11:00 a.m. (www.facebook.com/bensonmemorialumc) are encouraged to have bread/crackers and juice ready in order to celebrate with us!

View the latest WORSHIP SERVICE