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SAVANNAH, GA – FEBRUARY 2, 2021 – Asbury Memorial Church is determined to maintain its annual Valentine’s Day tradition of a vow renewal ceremony even during the global pandemic. Instead of inviting married couples to gather in downtown Savannah’s City Market, the 2021 vow renewal ceremony will be held online. This ceremony, led by Asbury Memorial’s Rev. Billy Hester and his wife Cheri, has been an annual Valentine’s tradition for 25 years and 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 a quarter of a century and this year is even more significant as it will be the first Valentine’s day since Asbury Memorial announced its disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church in support of LGBTQ rights last year,” said Rev. Hester. “We have been able to continue worshipping virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic so decided to offer a Zoom invitation to any married couple – gay or straight – who would like to renew their vows with us online, free of charge of course. While we will miss meeting people in person at City Market, we are excited that our virtual platform allows people from all over the world to join us. We know that a married couple from Asbury Memorial who emigrated to Australia is going to join us online. It will be 11 a.m. on Monday in Sydney but they are taking the morning off work to participate.”

This virtual celebration will take place at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Feb. 14.   

To join the Zoom Meeting utilize this link:
Meeting ID: 912 695 1170
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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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