The Board of Laity of the New York Conference Invites Nominations for the 2019

Shirley Parris Service Award

For Exceptional, Uncompensated Service to the United Methodist Connection

Nominees should exemplify the selfless and loving example of Shirley Parris, whose lifelong devotion to Jesus Christ and His church was expressed through her service to the local church, the district, New York Annual Conference, and the Jurisdictional and General conferences of The United Methodist Church. This award was created in her honor at the 2011 NY Annual Conference and will be presented to the winner at succeeding Conference sessions.

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Award has been extended to noon, May 21, 2019Nominees must be lay persons. Each nomination should include a descriptive one page resume of that individual’s service to his or her local church and the organizations, committees and boards beyond.  The nomination form is available below.

Read Shirley Parris' Let Us Remember announcement.

Download information sheet and nomination form.

Completed nominations should be directed to:

Roena Littlejohn, Conference Lay Leader
91 Laurel Place, Bridgeport, CT 06604-1717

Or send to her via email.


Past Award Recipients include:

2018: Edna Rouse, Vanderveer Park UMC, Brooklyn, LIW District

2016: Marilyn Wakefield, Reservoir UMC, Shokan, N.Y., CH District

2015: Magdalene Russell-Tattnall, Vandeveer Park UMC, Brooklyn, LIW District

2014: Barbara Edwards, St. Paul's UMC, Jamaica, N.Y., LIW District

2013: Beth Capen, Rondout Valley UMC, Stoneridge, N.Y., CH District

2012: Lucille Dockery, UMC of Hyde Park, Hyde Park, N.Y., NYCT District

Discipleship Ministries

2017 Therefore Go! With Hope through Hospitality Presentation

Local Church Lay Leaders / Lay Members to Annual Conference. What's My Job?

2018:   PowerPoint presentation    PowerPoint presentation as a pdf file