Hundreds in Roanoke pick alternative option for New Year’s Eve

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — One group in Roanoke aimed for something a bit different this New Year’s Eve, greeting 2020 with praise.

Elevation Church Roanoke’s fifth-annual Praise Party combined worship with the fun of New Year’s Eve, drawing hundreds who say there’s no place they would rather be.

“I would be here every New Year’s Eve,” said Q Moyer, joined by three of her children. “You get to bring your entire family – I’ve got my kids in their pajamas – so you leave straight from here and you go home, but you leave full. Like you leave like, ‘I got something out of that.'”

Church members say the celebration’s individuality is exactly the point.

“Our church I feel like is known for its uniqueness and it’s known for changing the dynamic of what church is,” said Volunteer Coordinator Angeline Quinn.

The Roanoke location, which can draw over a thousand guests on a typical Sunday, is one of a number of Elevation Churches nationwide.

They have been looking at other celebrations happening in other locations as well.

“Yeah this isn’t the normal thing that you would do on New Year’s Eve, but what would you rather do rather than be surrounded by people that care about you and are family to you?” said Pastor David Shearer.

The celebration is complete with balloons, confetti, live music, worship, food, friends, and more.

“This is just a great way for us to focus on what god has done in this past year, and also look ahead to what he’s going to do next year,” said Volunteer Brandon Bernard.

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