INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There is a New Years Eve tradition that goes back even further than the typical bullet drop. Church Watch Night’s services have roots dating back to slavery, and it is a tradition that countless black churches keep alive.
The Watch Night service has a long tradition in black churches across the country. From birth, this is how Bishop Lambert Gates de Apostolic Ministries of the Kingdom brought in the new year.
“As worshipers of God, especially in the African American community, you spend this time in the house of God to show him gratitude for his support and ask him to continue to nourish himself during the year. coming up, ”Gates said.
While waiting for the Emancipation Proclamation to take effect, the slaves gathered in secret at midnight. Gates continues this tradition with his own congregations in the apostolic ministries of the Kingdom.
“I hardly know what it’s like to go through the transition from one year to a new year without having these real moments of transition in the house of God,” he said.
For this year’s event, some will come to the shrine and others will participate virtually.
It’s a similar scenario with Pastor Henzy Green and First Lady Nicole Green at Emmaus Christian Church.
“We think your mindset is central to all of this. We said a mantra at the beginning of this: “Don’t back down, don’t back down, and don’t lower your expectations,” said Henzy Green.
The church has COVID protocol pages, ranging from service registration, seat spacing, masks, and sanitization areas. The Greens have said that despite the pandemic, the Watch Night tradition will continue to run deep.
“That’s what it always was about – saying thank you for last year and seeing how the new year is going to be.” I look forward to the expectations of what is on the horizon, ”said Nicole Green.