Bridging the Divide Through Love—One Hug at a Time
Last year, over 600 people gathered outside Asbury First United Methodist and hopscotched in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people hopscotching at the same time. It was an amazing moment, full of people from all over Rochester—diversity represented in terms of gender, race, orientation, age, ability, religion, and heritage. We gathered, not just to have a blast (and believe me, we did!), but to remind this community that in order to love our neighbors, we have to first know our neighbor. It was beautiful.
And guess what—we are DOING IT AGAIN! On August 8, we are setting another big bold goal. This time we need 1,300 people. We intend to “spread the love” by setting the record for the world’s longest hug relay—physically bridging that gap between people. We will stand in a single-file line (serpentine style) and pass a hug from one end to the other. You will receive one hug and pass it on to one other person. That’s it!
Our hope is to break this record, but we recognize that the success will come in our willingness to stand in a divided world and spread the love.
Join us. August 8. 1050 East Ave. FREE PIZZA, food trucks, live music from 98PXY, kid activities, and a chance to create a bridge through love.
In order for us to submit this event to the Guinness Book of World Records, we have to have an electronic ticketed count of those who participated. In order to do this, we are using Eventbrite and have made this an event with a free ticket.
Example of a Hug Relay
Still confused as to what a hug relay really is? Click below to enjoy a video of a fun demonstration from our service on July 21 during Children’s Time. The choir and children show how to spread the love ONE HUG AT A TIME!
To learn more about the current record holder, visit the Guinness World Records site here.