Get out the noisemakers and blackeyed peas, the New Year is nearly upon us.
The first year of the second decade of the 21st century is coming to a close.
Many choose to ring in the new year at church for what is now called Watch Night service. The term "watch night" refers to the freeing of black slaves in the United States and how on New Year's Eve 1862, African Americans anticipated the new year in which President Abe Lincoln was scheduled to sign the Emancipation Proclamation.
Here are times for just a few of the many Watch Night and other New Year's Eve services in South Cobb:
, 3100 Joe Jerkins Blvd., Austell, 678-797-9960, invites the community to worship with them from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., http://www.triumphantcommunity.org/
, 6519 Factory Shoals Road, Mableton,
770-739-2816, is holding a Watch Night Service at 10:30 p.m. http://visionforsouls.com/
, 2990 Broad St., Austell, 770-948-6584, is having its annual New Year's Eve Service at 10 p.m., http://greaterstpaulame.org
, 212 Riverside Parkway, Austell, 770-874-8400 will be having its Watch Night services at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., www.woffamily.org
Kingdom of Christ Church Ministries, formerly of 6105 Mableton Parkway in Mableton will host its New Year's Eve Watch night service at their brand new location at The Fulton Plaza, Suite 1, 4485 Fulton Industrial Blvd., Atlanta at 9 p.m. www.kccministries.org
, 592 Veterans Memorial Highway, Austell, 770-941-4131 invites the community to a night of music, prayer, and fellowship starting at 5 p.m., www.trinitytbc.com
, 7400 Factory Shoals Road, Austell, 770-739-4738 will be ringing in the new year with praise and worship beginning at 10 p.m., www.destinyworldchurch.org
Faith Christian Center, 3059 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, 770-433-8800, will be having its New Year's Eve service at 9 p.m. with Bishop Keith A. Butler via sattelite and special musical guest Trent Cory.
For times and locations of Watch Night services in southwest Atlanta, check out this piece on Cascade Patch.