Your church’s congregation may be looking for a spiritual way to celebrate the New Year and the new beginnings it represents. There are a few ideas for New Year’s church services you could plan. We’ll go through a couple of them to help you find the right option for your church.
Oftentimes, the holidays that are more closely associated with the church are Easter and Christmas services. Your New Year’s celebration or service doesn’t necessarily have to be a huge happening, but it can still foster worship and community.
Planning this event shouldn’t fall on one person’s shoulders. Working with a team will make the entire process easier, including spreading the word about it throughout the congregation and community.
Before you start event planning, talk with people and find out what type of activity would best serve the church. Depending on your congregation, a kid-friendly event may be the best option. Or, you could create a service that’s based around prayer, song, reflection, and resolutions for the upcoming year.
New Year’s Eve for Children
If your congregation is comprised of families with younger children, plan your event for earlier in the day. Hold a countdown at an earlier hour to accommodate early bedtimes. You could even celebrate Noon Year’s Eve.
Your family-friendly event might include:
- Board games or sports
- Children’s videos
- A bounce house
- A photo booth with costumes
- Music and dancing
- A balloon drop
- Snacks or activities that happen once every hour
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Watch Night Services
This tradition dates back to the early 18th century. It was originally a contemplative vigil. But this event evolved into more of a joyous celebration in 1862, when African Americans stayed up all night in anticipation of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation the next day.
Watch Night services are intended to be family-friendly, but they tend to be more spiritual than a children’s New Year’s party. Your service may include upbeat stories, readings, song, prayer, and a candlelight procession.
These services are often held earlier in the evening, so people can head home to celebrate or attend other parties afterward.
New Year’s Day
If your parishioners are busy on New Year’s Eve, celebrating with friends and family — another option is throwing a New Year’s Day church service or event. An after-service church brunch can be a great way to welcome in the new year.
Planning a charitable event is another great way to start the new year off right. Recruit volunteers, so your congregation can gather together to help at a local soup kitchen or food bank. Or, hold a donation drive for old clothes, books, or toys.
These ideas can help your parishioners ring in the new year and celebrate with their church community. We hope that you and your church have a fantastic New Year’s Eve and Day!
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