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 asking everyone to sign up for in-person worship service each Sunday. (This is primarily for contact tracing reasons.) Please remember to wear your mask and to social distance. We will verify your attendance at the door on Sunday morning, and will usher you to seating inside the sanctuary. Also, the following protocols are currently in place for in-person worship, and we request that they be followed out of love and care for all who attend:

  • Pre-registration is encouraged for worship services for the sake of contact tracing in case of exposure. If you are unable to pre-register, you will complete your registration when you arrive at the welcome table.
  • Attendance cap at 80 for each service (including all worship servants/leaders) 
  • Check in table opens at 8:15am and 10:30am
  • Following the Raleigh mask mandate, all persons older than 2 years of age are required to wear masks indoors.  
  • We continue to strongly encourage the wearing of masks and maintaining safe distance when gathering outdoors out of love for one another 
  • Nursery/child care provided by trained staff to return beginning September 12
  • New Protocols in place for Ushers and Greeters 
  • Ushers will seat each household and also dismiss each row 
  • Simplified worship order-displayed on screen (full bulletin/beacon available online)
  • No paper bulletins or touch points
  • Special music by vocalists and instrumentalists may be offered
  • Congregational singing with masks 
  • No passing of offering plates (offering plates stationed on stands in aisles)
  • Restrooms available in FH (enter from front/exit side or back). Handicap/family restroom only in narthex.

If you need help with registration, please call the church office at (919) 787-0789 or email office@bensonmemorial.org.

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!

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View this week's bulletin


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.