Join the St. Paul Church family for a special New Year's Eve Dinner and Freedom Eve Celebration.
During the course of the evening, they will discover the true significance of the historical African American Watch Night. The Watch Night service can be traced back to gatherings also known as "Freedom's Eve." On that night, Black slaves and free Blacks 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, it was January 1, 1863; all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free. When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as many people fell to their knees and thanked God.
Blacks have gathered in churches annually on New Year's Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year. It's been over a century since the first Freedom's Eve and tradition still brings us together at this time every year to celebrate "how we got over."
This celebration takes many African American descendants of slaves into a new year with praise and worship.
Please join St. Paul on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. as they experience and relive those precious moments through songs, prayers, praise and worship, storytelling, clothing, food items and of course the proclamation of the Word.
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