Color Me Jazz 2017

Come to Color Me Jazz for a fun and colorful night of love for jazz, learning, community and our future leaders!

Admission is FREE!
Donations appreciated*

Ben Hill UMC

On Friday, September 29th, Ben Hill UMC will present Color Me Jazz, a benefit concert to support The Christian Academy at Ben Hill United Methodist Church, “The Academy.” Through the annual jazz concert series which began in 2015, Ben Hill UMC seeks to support the mission of local and international charitable organizations. Cumulatively, Ben Hill has collected almost $50,000 in donations to this end through a combination of birth-month challenge and live donations received at “capacity crowds” for both concerts consisting of a cross-section of the Atlanta community. Previous jazz concert beneficiaries are the Foundation of Wesley Woods for the Jazzing with Grace concert in 2016 (over $28,000 collected) and the United Methodist Church, Imagine No Malaria initiative for the Jazz on the Hill concert in 2015 (over $20,000 collected.)

Entertainment: Presenting the smooth sound of Trumpeter/Flugelhornist, MILKSHAKE and the Milkshake Quintet “featuring” Tine Mayfield, and other Ben Hill & community musical talent, Leslie Tanner, Kevin Oliver, Jr. (Youth Instrumentalist), Patricia Allen, Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra, Chuck Beattie aka Dr. Blues.

Co-Hosted by Palmer Williams, Jr., Actor/Singer/Comedian and Juanita Craft, Recording Artist/Ben Hill Soloist

–Bios of Co-Hosts & Entertainers–

* ONLINE SUPPORT The Christian Academy at Ben Hill United Methodist Church is the beneficiary of all donations received for this year’s Jazz Concert. The following categories are available to show your support. Please click to DONATE.
1) Jazz Concert Contribution
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2) CONGRATULATIONS to OCTOBER, the Birth Month Challenge Winner!
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ORDER YOUR COLOR ME JAZZ CONCERT CD/DVDTo pre-order a Color Me Jazz Concert CD and/or DVD, please click one of the following selections to proceed with your payment:  
1) Jazz Concert CD, $10
2) Jazz Concert DVD, $15
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Your order will be available for pickup in the Communications Room in 7 to 14 business days.


CALLING ALL Ben Hill UMC Christian Academy Alumni, Parents & Grandparents of Alumni, & Academy Friends! Please join the: Ben Hill UMC Christian Academy Alumni Group on Facebook to reconnect/stay connected with former classmates and associates and to support the current Academy students and families.



The Ben Hill United Methodist Church began its preschool ministry in November 1973 under the leadership of Dr. and Mrs. Olly C. (Carolyn) Duckett and was called the Ben Hill United Methodist Church Preschool Academy. During that time, the Academy offered services for children ages two through five. It was licensed for a capacity of 69 children.

In May 1974, the academy was expanded to offer a developmental program which included a robust curriculum of language, art, health and safety, reading readiness, physical activities, and recreational play. Under the leadership of Mrs. Stella M. Graggs, the Academy soared and gained the reputation of being the place to send children to receive a strong academic foundation.

Today, The Christian Academy at Ben Hill United Methodist Church provides full-day academic instruction to one-year old students all the way through kindergarten to enhance spiritual growth and develop age-appropriate cognitive, socio-emotional, communicative and gross and fine motor skills.

Vision Statement

The vision of The Christian Academy at Ben Hill United Methodist Church is to educate the next generation of 21st Century leaders who will be good Christians, lifelong learners and innovators in their respective professions in support of persons and causes that seek to improve the quality of life for all in our global society.

Our Mission

The Christian Academy at Ben Hill United Methodist Church provides an exemplary early learning experience for preschool children. The instructional program is designed to develop the children’s socio-emotional, cognitive, communicative, physical and spiritual skills through a developmentally appropriate introduction to academics and religion while engaging the learners in opportunities to explore and discover.

What’s Great About the Academy ABC…It’s easy as 123

1) Christian Foundation:
We PURPOSEFULLY provide an educational program that emphasizes strong Christian principles.

2) Child-Centered Educational Program:
We INTENTIONALLY deliver a robust academic program that encourages children to learn through exploration
and discovery.

3) Family Focused:
We SINCERELY commit to our family-school partnership. Together, we are developing the next leaders of the
21st Century.

For more information on The Academy, please visit The Christian Academy at Ben Hill UMC and please follow us on facebook.