Are You Partying Or Praying In The New Year?
CHARLOTTE, NC - As churches open their doors, venues across the city are getting ready for a different crowd who choose to party in the new year.
"All hands on deck. Every server, every bartender, the entire kitchen team is here. Not just for this shift, but all day. As you can see, we decorated," said Patrick Whalen, co-owner of 5Church in Uptown Charlotte.
5Church owners say it's inevitable - the crowds are coming out for New Years Eve and they're ready for them.
"They say, whatever you're doing on New Years is what you're going to be doing the rest of the year so that's what we're going with - Partying and spending a good time with friends,” said Ashley Dover,” an Alabama resident who came to Charlotte for a concert.
But families like the Monroes say they want to feed their spirit with something else.
"Preaching and singing as well as prayer and fellowship with friends," said Montrice Monroe, a Mint Hill resident.
Monroe says going to church on New Years Eve is a family tradition she wants to keep.
"Spiritually, we start the new year off right. On a good foot."
The Capozzoli's are also new years eve church goers who say they wouldn't ring in the year any other way.
"Parties are fun and we like to party obviously or we wouldn't be all decorated but we still put our priority first and our priority is to give God thanks for everything we have and that's the important part,” said Irene Capozzoli, a Florida resident.