ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH INVITES SAVANNAH COMMUNITY TO WORKSHOP WITH PROMINENT AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST SHANE CLAIBORNE SUNDAY, DEC. 5

ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH INVITES SAVANNAH COMMUNITY TO WORKSHOP WITH PROMINENT AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST SHANE CLAIBORNE SUNDAY, DEC. 5

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 16, 2021 – Asbury Memorial Church is slated to host best-selling author, speaker, and activist Shane Claiborne on Sunday, Dec 5. at Asbury Memorial Church, located at 1008 E. Henry St., Savannah. Claiborne will deliver his sermon, during Asbury Memorial’s 11:15 a.m. worship service before leading an afternoon workshop at 2:30 p.m. The wider Savannah community is encouraged to attend these inspiring events which are free and open to the public and there is plentiful parking available.

Claiborne speaks over one hundred times a year, spreading the Word of God at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe. His sermons focus on peace-making, social justice, and Christ. He has worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia, an organization supporting neighbors in building a neighborhood where everyone belongs and thrives. He is the co-founder of Red-Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Claiborne is a champion for grace; leading him to advocate for the homeless in our jails, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion for ending the death penalty and help stop gun violence.

“We are excited about hosting Shane Claiborne at Asbury Memorial,” said Rev. Billy Hester. “We realize that people who attend other churches may not be able to hear him during our worship service, but we hope they will join us at the workshop that afternoon at 2:30 p.m.”

Claiborne has written numerous bestsellers, including Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns. He has been featured in many films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on many television channels across the world from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. To learn more about Claiborne, visit www.shaneclaiborne.com.

Asbury Memorial is a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-inclusive congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is committed to remaining a welcoming and affirming congregation for all. For more information about Asbury staff and their worship services, please visit their website at www.asburymemorial.org.

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ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES, ELLIE COVINGTON

ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES, ELLIE COVINGTON

SAVANNAH, GA – September 16, 2021 – Asbury Memorial Church has welcomed a new member of their staff: Ellie Covington, the Director of Children and Family Ministries.

Covington has volunteered with All things Farmers Market, Loop it Up Savannah, River Keepers, Surf Rider, and eBird. She also graduated from Savannah State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and worked for the Georgia Shellfish Laboratory as a research technician. She now works for the United States Army of Engineers as an environmental planner.

“I love kids! I am looking forward to becoming part of the ministry team. This is an exciting time to re-connect and meet new families at Asbury and Wesley Oak!” Said Covington. “Sharing God’s love, creating care, and hearing what kids think about things always inspires and teaches me!”

The Director of Children and Family Ministries works to develop and nurture children in the Christian faith and build a strong sense of community among families, increasing the Church outreach and faith formation with families and children. This role focuses on implementing programs and empowering individuals to use and grow their gifts by volunteering time and resources to support children’s ministry.

“We welcome Ellie to our team with open arms and great enthusiasm. We are very much looking forward to the ways she is going to impact the children and families that are a part of our congregation,” said Rev. Hester. “We are very thankful for the ability to extend our staff and our message into molding the minds of these children.”

Asbury Memorial is a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-inclusive congregating that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is committed to remaining a welcoming and affirming congregation for all. For more information about Asbury staff and their worship services, please visit their website at www.asburymemorial.org.

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ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RETURN TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP ON JUNE 6

ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RETURN TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP ON JUNE 6

SAVANNAH, GA – May 27, 2021 – As the Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to update its COVID-19 guidance for people who are fully vaccinated, Asbury Memorial Church has announced that it will reopen for in-person worship on Sunday, June 6. The church looks forward to welcoming back members and opening its sanctuary doors, located at 1008 E Henry Street.

Two services will be held each Sunday at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. and Asbury Memorial Church will continue to provide a virtual option with livestreamed services. 

“Our choir will not perform during in-person services initially, but they look forward to returning to Sunday Worship soon,” said Asbury Memorial Church Rev. Bill Hester. “We are thrilled to reopen our sanctuary doors and safely welcome back congregation members and guests alike to our in-person worship services.”

Those that are interested in attending Asbury Memorial Church’s in-person worship services are required to register either online at www.asburymemorial.org or by calling the church office at 912-233-4351.

Asbury Memorial is a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-inclusive congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is committed to remaining a welcoming and affirming congregation for all.

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ASBURY MEMORIAL ANNOUNCES 2021 VIRTUAL HOLY WEEK SERVICES, AN EXPERIENCE WITH THE LIVING CROSS AND A WALK-THROUGH OF SANCTUARY WITH EASTER LILIES

ASBURY MEMORIAL ANNOUNCES 2021 VIRTUAL HOLY WEEK SERVICES, AN EXPERIENCE WITH THE LIVING CROSS AND A WALK-THROUGH OF SANCTUARY WITH EASTER LILIES

SAVANNAH, GA – March 19, 2021 – Asbury Memorial Church (AMC) has announced their 2021 virtual Holy Week schedule of worship services leading up to a joyous Easter Sunday virtual service at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, April 4. In addition, for the first time in over a year, on Saturday, April 3, the church nave will be open for people to enjoy the sanctuary and Easter lilies.

Asbury Memorial’s Holy Week services include:

  • 11:15 a.m. Sunday, March 28 – Palm Sunday virtual service commemorates the Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, where devoted followers greeted him, laying palm leaves before him. Parishioners are invited to submit a photo of themselves with a palm or any other item that symbolizes this holy day. The photos will be displayed online during the worship service.
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1 – A 25-minute virtual Maundy Thursday service will commemorate the Last Supper – when Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples.
  • 7 p.m. Friday, April 2 – A 25-minute virtual Good Friday service remembering Jesus’ crucifixion.
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, April 3 – Asbury Memorial will host The Living Cross experience where guests can bring flowers to place in the church courtyard as part of the floral Living Cross. Guests will also be invited to a masked, socially-distant walk through of the sanctuary, where they can walk down the church aisle and enjoy the Easter lilies.
  • 11:15 a.m. Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday virtual service where worshippers celebrate the miracle of resurrection with joy and gratitude.

Easter traditions differ amongst Christian denominations, most noticeably Eastern and Western Christians. Asbury Memorial follows the Wesleyan tradition which celebrates Lent, a forty-day period beginning on Wednesday and leading up to Easter, and then a fifty-day Easter season afterwards, which ends with Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Christian church. Easter Sunday itself is characterized by joyful songs and news of the miracle of resurrection, the coming of light after a time of bleakness.

“Even though the church is not fully reopening yet, Holy Week and Easter gives us an opportunity to offer services that are meaningful to everyone, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey,” said Asbury Memorial Church’s Rev. Billy Hester. “Everyone is invited to join our congregation for these special virtual services and participate in the Living Cross and visit our sanctuary complying with COVID-19 safety precautions.”

Asbury Memorial Church is a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-embracing congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is committed to remaining a welcoming and affirming congregation for all.

For more information about Asbury Memorial Church and the links to the virtual services, please visit www.asburymemorial.org.

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ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH TO RECOGNIZE LENTEN SEASON WITH VIRTUAL ASH WEDNESDAY AND WEEKLY TAIZÉ SERVICES

ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH TO RECOGNIZE LENTEN SEASON WITH VIRTUAL ASH WEDNESDAY AND WEEKLY TAIZÉ SERVICES

SAVANNAH, GA – February 15, 2021 – Asbury Memorial Church has announced its plans to observe the 2021 season of Lent with virtual Taizé services at 7 p.m. every Wednesday through March 24. These special virtual worship services will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Participants will focus on silence, breathing, healing, prayer and reflection. These 20- to 25-minute services, featuring soulful, musical chants and soothing visuals, can be viewed online by visiting www.asburymemorial.org.

“Taizé is a type of worship which enables you to clear your mind and really listen to the Holy Spirit,” said Asbury Memorial Church Reverend Billy Hester. “Anyone is welcome to join these peaceful and empowering services, and we look forward to virtually sharing this experience with everyone interested in participating.”

Asbury Memorial is a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-inclusive congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is committed to remaining a welcoming and affirming congregation for all. For more information about Asbury Memorial Church, please visit www.asburymemorial.org.

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ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH HOSTS VIRTUAL MARRIAGE VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH HOSTS VIRTUAL MARRIAGE VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

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:
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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.

For more information about Asbury Memorial Church or the virtual vow renewal ceremony, please visit www.asburymemorial.org.

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