Beginning at 7 PM on December 31, 2016, Rock Church will have it’s usual Watch Night prayer time followed by a lock-in.
The Lock-In means that participants will be spending the night in the building!
Dry-clean or wash your sleeping bag now! Check your air mattress for leaks if you plan to use one!
Sign up at the back-table for the activities you’re interested in!
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. Reference: First Watch Night Service