First Posted: 12/29/2008
Youve watched the ball drop on past New Years Eves, perhaps youve toasted each year in with a taste of champagne and a kiss, but this year youre looking for something a little different.
A number of area churches will be offering special services and activities to bring in 2009.
Willow Hill Moravian Church, in Ararat, Va., and Grace Moravian Church in Mount Airy are two of the area churches which will be hosting Watch Night services beginning Wednesday evening.
The service at Willow Hill will begin with a pizza dinner and games for all ages starting at 5 p.m. The activities will take on a more serious tone as midnight approaches, with the formal service beginning at 11:30 p.m. As the new year strikes, those attending can celebrate the changing of the calendar with communion.
At Grace Moravian, the more traditional Watch Night service will be held beginning at 11:30 p.m.
Bannertown Baptist Church is also holding a New Years Eve service at 11:30 p.m.
Count Family Fellowship Chapel on McKinney Road among those churches that will be holding special activities on New Years Eve.
The youth department there will be holding a service beginning at 8 p.m., with the musical group One Accord leading the praise and worship service. There will also be food, games, and other activities.
A New Years Eve watch meeting also will be held at Clarks Temple, on Nelson Hill Road in Mount Airy, beginning at 10 p.m.
Of course, for those not necessarily predisposed to spend the holiday in church, there are a wide range of activities going on in the area.
Among those will be a New Years Dance in the ballroom of the Mount Airy Elks Lodge, with the Klassix band offering entertainment beginning at 8 p.m.
Doors to the event open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $50 per couple in advance and $60 at the door. Singles are $25 each. Hors doeuvres will be served during the evening, with breakfast and champagne served at midnight. To reserve tickets, call 786-2061.
The Foothills Arts Council also is having a New Years celebration from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with live music, a buffet and a cash bar. The event will include activities throughout the evening for kids in the upstairs gallery. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and advance registration is required by calling 835-2025.