View of the stained glass window in the pulpit.


Rev. Ken Thrasher

Parsonage: 434-636-4058
Mobile: 434-955-0253

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Prospect United Methodist Church
PO Box 25 | 1974 Ebony Road | Ebony, Virginia 23845 | 434-636-2809

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Moving forward TOGETHER being and making DISCIPLES


at Prospect

Welcome! We invite you to take a "scroll" around to get a feel for our church and what's happening. If you are looking for something specific and don't find it, please get in touch. If you are visiting the area, looking for a new home church, or want to get involved in helping us do God's work locally and around the world, come to "The Little White Church In Ebony". Thanks for stopping by and check back for updates!

We produced this cookbook and keepsake in 2015 to commemorate the Building Initiative and in support of the Capital Campaign. In addition to great recipes in memory of or in honor of loved ones plus some from the 1960's church cookbook, it also includes church history and pictoral journey of the Building Initiative. If you would like one, check with Peggy Donochod to see if there are any left.

William Ward Moseley created and dedicated this lovely watercolor to commemorate the kickoff of the Capital Campaign to fund the Building Initiative. The original hangs in the Fellowship Hall. We have more available to sell for $20 each. Please check with Peggy Donochod.

Our adopted highway runs from Siouan Shores Road (903) to the NC State Line. The Missions Team organizes trash pickup following the roadside grass cutting. Best fun you'll ever have picking up trash - and do something great for the community!

Sweet granddauthers (Riley, Lainee and Kenziee), showing their grandma, Renee, how much they love and miss her on Mother's Day (2018).






Greetings from Reverend Ken...

This is an exciting time in the life of our Church and to be part of our Church family. So much is happening! On Sunday, Jan 27, 2019, we kicked off the new year and the future of our church - moving forward TOGETHER - with the introduction of RETHINK CHURCH. Check it out.

We are also excited about #SeeAllThePeople. A new UMC ministry platform that emphasizes building and nurturing relationships to drive discipleship and transformation.

Please come see and be part of what is possible when we unite to serve God and cause great things to happen. Prospect is very much alive and committed to "walking the talk" to grow as disciples and to touch others in our church, community and around the world.

It is indeed a privilege for Jan and me to be a part of "The Little White Church in Ebony" and I invite you to join us on our spiritually fulfilling and rewarding journey.

When God leads you to Prospect, you will always receive a warm welcome. We'll be happy to see you as often as you bless us with your presence!

If you are looking for a church home and family, we hope you will consider Prospect.

If you need my pastoral services or someone to talk to, I am easy to reach via email or by calling the Parsonage at 434-636-4058. If urgent, call my cell at 434-955-0253.


    About Church Life and History

Prospect is a supportive faith-based Church family, committed to glorifying God and making disciples for Christ through active engagement in our church, community, and beyond. Read our Vision, Mission, and Goals.

Our ministries and fellowship are family-oriented and intergenerational -- and strive to be uplifting and enriching. Sunday Worship Service starts at 9:15 AM, lasts typically 1 1/4 hours and is a blend of traditional and contemporary features. It is coordinated with Children's Church and Sunday School, sharing a portion of time together.

Uplifting music and singing are an important part of our service. In addition to hymns, we enjoy a special performance of uplifiting music from our Music Ministries (handbell choir, guitar, and adult choir). We also take time to share our joys and concerns with our church family to be lifted up in prayer.

Each Sunday we recognize birthdays and anniversaries and collect a $1 donation for each celebration that pays for a special cake shared the last Sunday of the month as part of the Fellowship Luncheon.

Immediately following the Worship Service, we enjoy snacks and social time in the Fellowship Hall. Adult Sunday School follows fellowship time starting at 10:45 AM except on the last Sunday of the month when we have a covered-dish fellowship luncheon.

Learn more about life at Prospect through our newsletter
(The Prospector) that is published quarterly.
Click here to access the newsletter archive.

We serve God, help others, are serious about making a real difference and have fun! We strive to live by the motto of the United Methodist Church: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Learn more about our Missions, Ministries and Outreach.

Learn more about the United Methodist Church and its theological roots.


Prospect's Church and Cemetery History

Prospect is a historic church that has served the community for 200 years and in its current location since 1887. The current sanctuary section with the steeple is the original church building (as shown in the sketch on the right). Learn more about Prospect's History.

The most recent updates were completed in 2012 (shown on the left). Those updates included replacing the old Fellowship Hall that had been added in 1970, adding the bell tower entrance, plus residing and reroofing the whole church. We initiated a Capital Campaign in 2010 to secure funding with the theme "Preserving Our Past While Building Our Future".

In 1991, the land and responsibility for maintaining Prospect Church Cemetery was transferred to Prospect Cemetery Association. Learn more about the Prospect Church Cemetery and the Association.


If you are looking for a home church, we would love to have you!

If you are already actively involved, we appreciate all that you do in helping us do God's work for the church, community and beyond!

    Prospect's Future -- Our Path Forward

In Fall of 2017 the leadership team launched an initiative to help us discern Prospect's best path forward. Building upon where we are today with lots of good things happening, the goal was to help ensure a bright and vital future for this church remaining relevant in a fast-paced changing world and in continued service to the UMC mission: making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world. This motivation was largely in response to the known struggles that churches are having in general and many are closing. We wanted to help ensure Prospect stays on a positive trajectory. The end result was a recommended Path Forward platform with guidelines and a new suggestion box crafted by Chris Ruch.

The platform and the suggestion box were ultimately consecrated by Rev. Ken on Easter Sunday 2018 as our commitment to God for Prospect's future. As part of the consecration message, Rev. Ken highlighted initial focus on expansion of Small Group Ministries - a component of the platform.

On 6/19, by a Church Council vote, any further communication, alignment and adoption efforts with the Path Forward platform -- except for Small Group focus and Prospect's Future box -- were put on pause for now.

Prospect's Future box is open for business and located in the Fellowship Hall! We encourage all ideas and feedback. Engaged congregations are essential for church vitality.

As mentioned, a key ministry strategy of the Path Forward platform is an expansion of Small Group Ministries and that is where Rev. Ken has asked us to focus initially -- to expand upon what we have -- in new directions and for all age groups. Learn more about Small Group Ministries and our focus.

If you have ideas about Small Group themes that would be beneficial in your life and to others, please reach out to Rev. Ken (434-955-0253).

The Path Forward platform and guidelines created through the work of the underlying initiative remain available as resources for the church.

This tri-fold brochure provides an overview of the Path Forward story and includes the Path Forward framework. Read more about Our Path Forward story.

All efforts and support of this initiative are greatly appreciated! If you have any questions about the initiative or Path Forward platform, please reach out to Anne Hartley at 919-602-5012 or

    Small Groups

Daily Walkabout (call to confirm)

Join Rev. Ken and whoever shows up for a morning walk. This starts at 8:00 AM from Rev. Ken's Golf Shop in Bracey and covers the loop through the old Bracey community and back to the shop.

Report from Rev. Ken from day 1: "We started our walking program at 8 o'clock this morning three of us walked and talked about scripture we welcome you to join us at bulldog office every morning at eight".

95 Nellie Jones Rd.
Bracey, Virginia
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JOURNEY FORWARD Grief Support Group

Many individuals in our congregation and community experience the loss of a loved one. A "small group" support group is being offered to help individuals journey through grief and loss.  The meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. The group will be facilitated by Debbie Dowling, RN, BSN, MPH a member of Prospect United Methodist Church and a former Stephen's Minister.  

For more information or if you are interested in trying out this small support group held in the comfort of a home environment please contact Debbie Dowling at 252-586-8480. 


WATCH (Wednesday Worship at Church)


A mid-week opportunity to come together in a smaller group for fellowship and worship occurs the first Wednesday of the month.

A light dinner provided by the church starts at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. About 6:30 everyone goes to the Sanctuary for a short service that includes devotion, prayer and communion. This is being co-led by Rev. Ken and Rev. Bob Dowling. Other guest pastors will also be helping.

    Wood Carving Workshop

Learn to carve and meet new friends! Ron Seward is leading a wood carving workshop on Wednesday's at 6:00PM at his shop.

If you are interested in joining the group, give Ron a call at 434-636-3138.

    Missions, Ministries and Outreach in Action at Prospect

Find times and contact info in the Activities and Meeting column on the left.

Our disciple-making and worship week starts with Sunday Service that includes Children's Church, followed by Adult Sunday School and our monthly fellowship luncheon with birthday cake(!). We serve Communion the first Sunday of each month and to shut-ins in their home. In addition to Sunday activities, there are a number of opportunities to get involved in to build relationships and strengthen discipleship -- helping each other in our Church Family as well as the community and beyond.

We are excited about the 4 new Small Groups that are starting up: Journey Forward (grief support group) and WATCH (Wednesday Worship at Church). We also have a new craft workshop: wood carving. Rev. Ken started a walking group on 9/24. Learn more.

In summer we have Vacation Bible School that covers ALL ages from 1 - 80+!. Learn more about 2019 VBS There are other special events and programs throughout the year: see list in Happenings column.

The Missions Team sponsors Happy Meals (monthly) and Adopt-A-Highway trash pick up. Other mission projects include helping at the Food Pantry in Bracey. A signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. We also provide Helping Hands for those who need some assistance. And we have an active Card Ministry. This church can always be counted on to step up when special needs occur like response to disasters such as hurricanes as well as a special needs in our community.

There are 2 small group Bible Studies: Wednesday evening and Friday morning. Our Music Ministries are wonderful and recruiting new members! This includes Hand bell Choir, Guitar, and Adult Choir. Other opportunities to come together include Monday Movie Matinee, Golf at Tanglewood and Craft groups.

We support the Society of St. Andrew - America's premier food rescue and distribution network which is connected with Gleaning - with our nickel jar that sits on the altar rail. Each Sunday you will see folks putting nickels and other amounts in the jar during Sunday Service! An easy way to support a wonderful mission. One nickel provides one meal! We also participate in the Gleaning process to harvest food from the fields.

Our church is a sponsor for Holly Haven Rest Home in La Crosse. We collect and deliver food monthly and they are depending on it and for which they are incredibly appreciative. The collection area at church is a box in the Narthex. If you prefer, you can contribute money and someone will shop for you. Make check payable to PUMC, note it is for Holly Haven and feel free to put it in the offering plate.

Outside groups that meet at Prospect open to all: Exercise classes on Friday morning, Quilting on Wednesday starting early and AL-ANON on Wednesday evening.

    United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women

Find times and contact info in the Activities and Meeting column on the left.

We have active United Methodist Women (UMW) and United Methodist Men (UMM) units that welcome your participation. Both meet monthly and are involved in activities throughout the month and support local charities. The UMM and UMW also coordinate and support each other. Both are wonderful small group opportunities to build meaningful relationships in Christian love and commitment.

In addition to monthly themed programs, the UMW enjoys a lunch together, visits shut-ins, hosts an ice cream social in the summer and sponsors the Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day song service tribute as their major fundraiser.

The monthly UMM meeting includes dinner. The men are always ready to lend a helping hand when needed with church functions and also in the community. This year they led a Sunday service. They host a pancake breakfast during the year and a Potato Bar Luncheon and Silent Auction as a primary fundraiser.


Vacation Bible School 2019: June 9 - 13 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Closing on 6/16

Come ROAR with us at Vacation Bible School - youth ans adults!

Our children and teens program ROAR VBS designed for ages 3 and up is an African adventure for the entire crew. Students will learn that "God is good" and will stay with them forever. Each evening will include a different Roar bible story, music, craft, activity, and snack.

Watch this Roar VBS video to get an idea about the program and how the week will flow. Check out the music collection.

The adult program is based on "Holy Roar - 7 words that will change the way you worship". This will be led by Rev. Bob Dowling and also promises to be fun and inspirational!

We will also designate a related mission to support with VBS offerings.

To register:

Please help us spread the word. Plan to ROAR with us!

    Wall of Crosses


On Homecoming Sunday, November 3, 2013, Rev. Ken dedicated our Wall of Crosses that greets you when you enter the church through the Narthex. Rev. Ken's dream became a reality through the Capital Campaign leadership team and enthusiastic support of the church family. A wide variety of crosses have been and continue to be contributed by families and friends honoring others, along with a donation to the Capital Campaign. As of 2015 when this picture was taken, we had more than 125 crosses! If you would like to add a cross to the "Wall", please contact Peggy Donochod at 434-636-2494 or email. The minimum charge is $5 for an engraved name plate.

The Narthex has been completely transformed into a very special place to spend time for reflection, solitude, and prayer.


Membership Directory and eMail List

Prospect last published its pictorial Membership Directory in 2017. Please contact Annette if you would like a copy and have not received it.

Annette Jones also maintains a WORD document of the directory names and addresses that she sends out to the Prospect email distribution periodically with updates. Please let Annette know when there are changes that need to be made.

Contact Annette if you would like to be added to the email distribution or would like the most current version of the WORD directory.

To get in touch with Annette, you can reach her at 434-636-2297 or send an email.

How To Find Us
Prospect is located near Lake Gaston (NW quadrant) in Ebony, VA - 3 miles north of the NC / VA border on SR 903 (Ebony Rd). We are convenient to Bracey, Gasburg, Blackridge, White Plains, and Lake Gaston communities. Click here for a locator map.

About Prospect Church Cemetery

In 1991, the cemetery land that was not alreaded deeded to specific families was transferred to Prospect Cemetery Association (PCA). The PCA also assumed responsibiity for upkeep for all of the cemetery including the family-deeded sections. The initial PCA Board of Directors included Lucy M. Nash (founder), Pauline S. Moseley, Robert H. Conner and Mary H. Lynch. A commemorative marker as shown is planned for installation in 2018.

When you purchase from the PCA or are associated with an old family section, you become a member of the PCA.

The cemetery is funded by donations requested from PCA membership via an annual letter that is mailed out and by the sale of burial plots. A perpetual care fund is being developed with the intent that returns from that investment will eventually cover the annual expenses.

If you are interested in purchasing plots or have questions, please contact Anne Hartley, PCA President, at 919-602-5012 or Donations are always appreciated. Please make checks payable to Prospect Cemetery Association and mailed to Prospect Cemetery Association, PO Box 29, Ebony, VA 23845. Download PCA Guidelines with pricing and purchase instructions.

Prospect Cemetery is included in this compilation of Brunswick County Cemeteries. However it is not being maintained; it was last updated 1/16/2011. The PCA has a "to do" to create an updated cemetery directory.

About the United Methodist Church

On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas.

With the words, "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth by two churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.

Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union.

The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. Read more about social principles and creed.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

Prospect is part of the Farmville District in Southside, VA that is part of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

More about the United Methodist Church and its theological roots.

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