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Watch Night: New Year's Eve Service

A tradition in many African-American churches, Watch Night services will be held around Atlanta to bring in the new year.

If you are looking for something besides partying in the new year with dancing and drinks, consider Watch Night.

Although New Year's Eve church services got their beginnings with John Wesley, founder of the Methodist faith, about 1740, it is now a tradition held in many African American congregations everywhere.

Known as Watch Night, the evening for blacks dates back to Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. In the eve of January 1 of 1863, slaves were watching and waiting for their so-ordered freedom.

Many congregations, including some in the Snellville area will be bringing in the new year with this special tradition. And, we are providing a brief list of some places you can go.

This is only a partial list. If you know of other churches holding Watch Night specific services in Gwinnett County or nearby, feel free to let us know in the comment section below!

Sharon Hetherington January 02, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Watch Night was begun by the Moravian's. The concept of Watch Night was brought to the United States by Wesley.

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