Start the New Year with a Watch Night Service to ring out the old and pray in our hopes for a better and more God-aware New Year on New Year's Eve at the Community Church of the Pelhams. The service will run from 8pm till about 9:45 pm.
Watch Night services have been practiced in many religious traditions. For example, the Joya no Kane is a yearly Japanese tradition wherein the large bell inside a Buddhist temple is struck 108 times on the New Year to get rid of evil passions and desires. The tradition is like a type of purification. In 1740, the English clergyman John Wesley created the covenant renewal service, most commonly held on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. Watch Night services have an historic connection to the gatherings of slaves who waited and prayed awaiting news and confirmation of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, on January 1, 1863. Our worship will include prayer and guided meditation as well as time to share.
The Community Church of the Pelhams is located at 448 Washington Avenue at the corner of Highbrook, just down the hill from the Metro North station. There is no charge for this event. Everyone is welcome whether you are religious, spiritual, or just curious!