Wedding vow renewals to be held in Yachats | Community

The Little Log Church Museum in Yachats has announced the return of the annual Valentine’s Day Ceremony of Renewal and Commitment, which will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church.

The Little Log Church Museum began holding the annual vow renewals in 1996, however, it had to skip the event last year due to the pandemic.

This year, the museum has been undergoing some major repairs and will not be available to the public for quite some time. However, thanks to the generosity of Pastor Bob Barrett and the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, the Valentine’s Day event can take place there. This year’s theme will be “Rebuilding Your Relationship.” Both married and unmarried committed couples are invited to attend.

The group vow renewal ceremony will be offered at two times — the first at noon and the second at 5:30 p.m.

Mary Crook, the independent minister who has facilitated the event since the tradition began, reports that hundreds of couples have come to Yachats to renew their vows over the years. “For some couples, it is a first-time experience; for others it has become an annual tradition — something fun and meaningful to do on Valentine’s Day,” she said.

Popular local guitarist Richard Sharpless will play a selection of romantic pieces at the noon ceremony, and singer-musician Dave Cowden, also of Yachats, will provide music at 5:30 p.m.

Couples who attend will be given a certificate as a memento of the occasion. Because of the pandemic, strict precautions will be observed regarding masks and social distancing.

The Valentine’s Day vow renewal has become a popular fundraiser for the Little Log Church Museum. A donation to the museum of $20 per couple is suggested. Since space is limited, reservations are required. To reserve a space, couples should call Mary Crook, events coordinator, at 541-547-4547.

The ceremonies will take place in the sanctuary of the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, located at 360 W Seventh St., just off of Highway 101.