Free Worship Church of Cheraw has come up with a family-friendly way to welcome in the new year with its first annual New Year’s Eve Celebration planned for Dec. 31.
The special event, running from 10:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. will attempt to re-create some of the glitz of the Big Apple and feature a replica of the Times Square Ball that will be dropped from the church’s 100 foot tall flag pole.
According to Free Worship Pastor, Chad Vick, the celebration is a collaborative effort between Free Worship, Cheraw Family Worship and House of Freedom Fellowship churches of Cheraw.
“This is our first year hosting the event, but we are hoping that this will become an annual community event that the whole town will come out to,” said Vick. “We are going to have our own little version of New York City, right here in Cheraw and we are excited about it.”
The ball for the special event is currently being constructed by a team of builders, led by Free Worship Church creative staff member Kip Gulledge, but there is nothing little about the replica. According to Vick, once the ball is completed, it will actually be larger than the ball currently used in the Times Square celebration.
“The ball that was first used in New York City was 12 feet in diameter, but the ball being used today is smaller, measuring approximately eight feet across. “
The ball to be used in Cheraw’s ceremony will measure 10 feet in diameter and also light up for the ceremony.
“Last year I had planned to have a ball drop during my New Year’s Eve sermon,” said Vick. “We borrowed a ball, and fixed it to the ceiling. Unfortunately, during practice the night before the sermon, the borrowed ball fell from the ceiling and broke into a million pieces.”
The combined effort among the three churches should help to draw a crowd, but the family-friendly events to be featured should really bring people from throughout the community.
The evening’s fireworks celebration will be sponsored by Cheraw Family Worship church. The display is normally a part of the church’s own event, but will be moved this year to help attract the crowd needed to make the community event unforgettable. According to Vick, the Cheraw Family Worship is known for putting on a great show.
Live music will be another of the night’s highlights as the praise teams from both Cheraw Family Worship and Free Worship take to the stage, and a free breakfast is also provided by Free Worship Church. Robert Capers, House of Freedom Fellowship, will be the guest speaker for the event.
Free Worship Church is located at 915 Chesterfield Hwy, in Cheraw. For more information about the church and upcoming events, visit www.freeworshipcheraw.com