At 35, DeOri Newman may seem a little young to preach a Watch Night service, a tradition in predominantly African-American churches dating to the days of slavery.

But Newman grew up attending the service, and its history and significance were passed on to him.

“We would all go as a family,” Newman said.

This year’s service will be held Tuesday night at Macedonia Baptist Church, with Newman, pastor of Ash Street Baptist Church, as guest preacher. Music will be provided by members of the choirs from the Macedonia and Ash Street churches. The church will open at 9 p.m. for refreshments and fellowship until 9:45. The actual service will be from 10 p.m. to midnight.

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