'Choose Joy' is message on face masks for women prisoners of Grace Place United Methodist Church


"Choose Joy" face masks were presented to the prison in August. From left are Lauren Enzor, chair of the prison congregation's Outside Council and a member of Covington First United Methodist Church; Alma Harris, chaplain; Stanley Dickerson, warden; and Rev. Diane Harrison, pastor of Grace Place United Methodist Church. (Submitted Photos)

"In these challenging times... Choose Joy!"

That is the message displayed on face masks being worn by women prisoners inside the Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Fort Pillow, Tennessee, thanks to the ministry of Grace Place, a United Methodist Church located inside the facility.

"Our theme at Grace Place for 2020 is "Choose Joy," reports Rev. Diane Harrison, the church's pastor.

Harrison posted a picture of herself wearing one of the masks on Facebook on Aug. 12 with this message, "We have made masks for all of our women. During these challenging (COVID-19) times, we are trying our best to keep these women safe and to remind them each day to choose joy!"

On Sept. 8, Harrison reported that the women prisoners "are continuing the work of our church inside" while she and the Outside Council "can't go in."

For more information, contact Harrison at rnmdiv@icloud.com.