While Valentine’s Day events often focus on the whirlwind of young love, a Richmond church took time Sunday to let couples of all ages remember their promises to each other.
Unity Baptist Church, 1290 Barnes Mill Road, conducted its annual marriage renewal service prior to the morning sermon. Seven couples participated.
While holding hands, each man and woman confirmed, “It is my heart’s will” to renew their vows of matrimony while standing before the congregation.
One couple, David and Melanie Musick, stood during the ceremony with their arms wrapped around each others’ waists.
“We do it every year,” Melanie said afterward, adding the tradition for them started after a private vow-renewal service on their 10th anniversary. The Musicks have been married for 27 years and have a 24-year-old son.
“Like I tell everyone, we’ll take all the help we can get!” she added as she and her husband chuckled.
Another couple that took part in the ceremony, Tami and Tom Bugbee, have been married 31 years and have three adult children.
When asked why they participated, Tom simply replied, “Well, we love each other.”
Tami said she and her husband have participated in the vow renewal for several years.
“It’s also to show the kids what marriage means; it’s a commitment,” Tom said.
Unity Baptist’s pastor, Dr. Dennis Brewer, said he has conducted the marriage renewal service for several years on the Sunday closest to Valentine’s Day.
“Through the passage of time, we have a tendency to forget what we promised and why we promised it,” and that’s why it’s important to remind couples of their commitment and love for each other, Brewer said.
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