General News of Sunday, 31 December 2017
During Christmas holidays, one thing most Christians look out for is how to end the year on a good note with God.
Many churches organize conventions, revivals, prayer and fasting sessions, retreats and camp meetings all to help members end the year with God.
31st December of every year is a special day in the life of almost every Christian as it marks the end of a year and the beginning of a new one.
Mostly called the new year’s eve, 31st December night for some Christians means a church service packed with prayer and thanksgiving and a brief ceremony to usher themselves into the new year when the clock strikes twelve.
Churches in Ghana over the years have come up with various themes for their 31st watch night services as a way of encouraging both their members and potential members of what they are likely to encounter in these churches.
“Crossover” which was previously attributed only to Dr. Mensa Otabil’s International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) has seemly become the most preferred theme for most churches for their 31st December services while some base on it to create new themes such as “Flyover”, “Leap over”, and “Passover”.
Others include, “’ Night of prophecies and power”, “Finishing Night”, “Purpose Night”, “Possessing the Gates of …. (the coming year)” among others.
These themes are advertised mostly on billboards, flyers, radio and TV and banners with faces of the founders of these churches on them.
Leading churches in Ghana such as International Central Gospel Church – ICGC (founded by Dr. Mensa Otabil), Lighthouse Chapel International – LCI (founded by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills) Action Chapel International (founded by Archbishop Duncan William), and Perez Chapel International (founded by Bishop Agyin Asare) arguably command large crowds in the nation during this period due to these captivating themes.