Join us on New Year’s Eve as we ring in 2015 with prayer, praise and worship, affirming the presence of God in overcoming the trials and tribulations of the past, and in shaping our future.
The first Watch Night service was held on December 31, 1862. Known as “Freedom’s Eve,” it was the night both slaves and free African Americans came together in churches and private homes all across the nation awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. At the stroke of midnight – January 1, 1863 – all slaves in the Confederacy were declared legally free.
Ever since then, African Americans have gathered in churches each New Year’s Eve to review the year that has passed and thanking God for making it through and to celebrate “how we got over.”
Service begins at 10 p.m. and ends shortly after midnight.