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SAVANNAH, GA – February 9, 2022 Asbury Memorial Church will maintain its annual Valentine’s Day tradition of a vow renewal ceremony by once again offering a virtual ceremony. The tradition of inviting married couples to gather in downtown Savannah’s City Market began in 1996. The ceremony, led by Asbury Memorial’s Rev. Billy Hester and his wife Cheri, has always been free of charge for any married couple, resident, or visitors to the city alike.

“Cheri and I have enjoyed hosting this ceremony for over a quarter of a century,” said Rev. Hester. “We have been able to continue this tradition virtually due to COVID-19 precautions. Any married couple – gay or straight – who would like to renew their vows with us online, free of charge, is welcome to join us. While we will miss meeting people in person at City Market and hope to resume this next year, we are excited that our virtual platform allows people from all over the world to join us.”

This virtual celebration will take place at 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Feb. 14. To join the Zoom Meeting utilize this link:  or meeting ID: 912 695 1170.  

Rev. Hester and his wife Cheri moved to Savannah in 1991 and worked with the congregation to rebuild Asbury Memorial into a church committed to leading the way as a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-inclusive congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is a welcoming and affirming congregation for all.

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