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New Year's Eve brings the annual anticipation of celebrating a new year and remembering the previous year. 2020 was year to remember for a lot of bad reasons but local churches are finding ways to cross over and celebrate a new beginning by conducting Watch Night Services. The pandemic has caused churches to be more creative in delivering watch night services to congregants virtually.

Watch Night, also called Freedom’s Eve, Christian religious service held on New Year’s Eve and associated, in many African American churches, with a celebration and remembrance of the Emancipation Proclamation (enacted January 1, 1863), which freed slaves in the Confederate states during the American Civil War. Many mainline Protestant churches in the United States sponsor a Watch Night service on New Year’s Eve.

Normally, church services on Watch Night generally begin sometime between 7:00 and 10:00 PM and end at midnight. The services are usually to be attended by family groups. Many attendees go on to New Year’s Eve parties afterward. But this year will be different due to the ongoing pandemic. Many people will watch live on their phones, laptops, and devices are celebrate God in the new year of 2021.

Many local Tuscaloosa churches are holding New Year's Eve Watch Night celebrations where the pray, praise, worship, and have a sermon that brings us into the new year. Here are some services you can tune into online via Facebook LIVE, Youtube, or the church's website. Search in your app and find these churches and watch.

Bethel Church Northport 10pm Pastor Micah Redd

Cornerstone FGB Church 10:45pm Overseer Freddie Washington

First African Baptist Church 7pm Pastor Michael Foster & Schmitt Moore

Greater Faith Church 9pm Bishop David Evans

Mt. Carmel Community Church Pastor Demetrius Smith 10:30pm

College Hill Baptist Church & Philadelphia Church 7pm Pastor Walker & Kelvin Croom

Plus many more!

Go to church New Year's Eve Night at home and bring in the new Year 2021 in church!

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