Prison Ministry
Prison Ministry


The Evangelism Ministry of Grace UMC is one of the outreach ministries of the church. We host an annual prayer breakfast, and we join with the UMW in spearheading the church’s prison ministry. We also support and promote Bible studies and book studies.


Annual Prayer Breakfast

In supporting the mission of Making Disciples for Christ for the Transformation of the World, the Evangelism Committee hosts an Annual Prayer Breakfast. Our prayer breakfast this year took place over Zoom on January 29. This year we had participants from other denominations, from other states, and from another country, Jamaica, West Indies. Our title this year was “Come Taste and See that the Lord is Good.” Our prayer focus was the Fruits of the Spirit: Peace, Joy, Love, Kindness, Goodness, Patience, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.


Prison Ministry

The Evangelism Committee also collaborates with the United Methodist Women in spearheading the Church’s Prison Ministry. We welcome you to share in our prison ministry. We donate holiday cards to inmates in Rikers Island so that they may be able to send cards to their families. This year we donated Valentines cards to the youths there; they appreciated our donation. We also donate spiritual books such as The Daily Bread and other books of encouragement.

Seventh Annual Prayer Breakfast

Our Seventh Annual Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Evangelism Committee on January 29, 2022 over Zoom was a wonderful, spirit-filled occasion. We thank all of the participants and everyone who came. Please plan to join us next year!

Order of Worship

Welcome & Greetings

Rev. Gertude V. Nation, Pastor

Opening Prayer & Blessing of the meal

Rev. Gertude V. Nation, Pastor

Ministry in Music ~ Praise Songs

Kenneth Richardson, Director of Music

“Oh, Give Thanks!” J.C. McAllister & K O’Neil

“I Give You My Heart / I Surrender All” D. Horne

Scripture Reading

Psalm 34

Frances Ortiz, Evangelism Committee member

Lord teach us How to Pray

Andrea Owen-Boyd, Evangelism Committee Chair

Ministry in music

Kim Neri, Choir Director, with Tim Neri

“ Joy, Joy, Joy” George W Cooke

Prayers  –  Fruits of the Spirit

Peace   Rev. Wayne A. Graham, Protestant Chaplain, Dept. of Corrections

Joy       Rev. Norva  O. Rodney, Pastor, Kitson Town, Circuit of Baptist Churches

Love    Idica Wilson, Grace United Methodist Women VS, Vice President

Ministry in Music

Choral Selection

Kenneth Richardson, Director of Music

“Teach Me, Lord, to Wait” J. Metzger

Prayers  –  Fruits of the Spirit

Kindness       Katherine Perkins, Missions Committee Chair

Goodness      Patricia Eshun, Grace United Methodist Women VS, Secretary

Patience        Bob DiSalvo, Hospitality Committee Chair

Ministry in Dance

Chiamaka Ukanwoke   Grace UMC

Prayers  –  Fruits of the Spirit

Faithfulness             Earl Boyd, Lay Leader

Gentleness               Llanye Longjohn, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church

Self- Control            Brian Stone, Trustees Committee Chair

Ministry in Music

Kim Neri, Choir Director, with Danny Neri

“Sanctuary” by John W. Thompson and Randy Scruggs

Hymn #719

“Lift Every Voice & Sing”          J. R Johnson &J.W Johnson

Closing Remarks

Andrea Owen-Boyd, Evangelism Committee Chair


Rev. Gertude V. Nation, Pastor


Kenneth Richardson, Director of Music

“Song of Spring”   C. G. Hardebeek


The Evangelism Committee would like to thank all who have participated in this service by offering their ministry in prayers, songs, dance, gifts and presence. Thank you for your support for the last seven years.

Committee Members:  Charles Gyamfi, Pearl Hamilton, Mahala Holness-Brooks,  Frances Ortiz, Maudlyn Scarlett, Tonia Ukanwoke, Andrea Owen-Boyd (Chairperson)

Donna Hartman, Art Design flier

Marlon Polycarpe, Audio Visual Technician

Donations can be made to the church on Venmo using Grace Methodist VS or on Zelle using the church’s e-mail – or mail a check to the church’s address:

Grace United Methodist Church

21 South Franklin Avenue

Valley Stream, New York