Churches, Ministries Gear Up for New Year's Eve

For New Year's Eve, churches are hosting services and ministries are providing alcohol-free events for children and singles.

Five Louisville-area Christian Methodist Episcopal churches are together sponsoring a New Year's Eve Watch Service, which is open to the public tonight to reflect on the year that has passed and pray for blessings for the next.

"The theme for this year is a new beginning," said the Rev. Raymond Williams, pastor at Brown Memorial.

Father Rodolph Wakim believes the New Year is a blessing from God and will be leading a service at his church, St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church.

“I look at New Year’s Eve as thanking God for the blessing for the past year and asking his help for the new year to be a fruitful and blessed one. New Year’s Eve we open the church for one hour. People come in and I lead the prayer.”

The Rev. Alston thinks "God is trying to get our attention."

“I think there was such a coming together for the hurricane victims this year, but I don’t think we should have to wait for another disaster. I think God is trying to get our attention; he wants us to come together with a greater understanding.”

Ministries are hosting events tonight for different groups, many touting alcohol-free alternative events.

Great Adventure Ministries, a young professional singles organization that plans social events and meets weekly for dinners and Bible study has planned a New Year's Bash that offers mini golf, bumper cars, rock climbing, and video games until 1 a.m.

Chad Peterson, president of Great Adventure Ministries said 150 people attended last year, but he expects more this year.