Churches Weigh in On Halloween Sunday Observances - - ABC13

Churches Weigh in On Halloween Sunday Observances


Reporter: Lauren Compton l Photojournalist: Daniel Heffner

Lynchburg,VA -Some counties and cities have changed the date of Halloween observance, because it falls on a Sunday this year.

Most church-goers say they don't have a problem with Halloween being on Sunday. And, some church leaders say the issue isn't when Halloween is celebrated, but how it's celebrated.

"If you're dressing up, and having a good time with the kids; I don't think you're compromising your Christian faith," said Randy Kent, Minister of Music at West Lynchburg Baptist Church.

Many agree the trick-or-treating part of the holiday is ok, but some feel Halloween shouldn't be observed on a day of worship.

"I feel that Sunday is God's day. We have chosen to make it the first day of the week," said Patricia Leftwich, member of West Lynchburg Baptist Church.

Some churches offered alternatives for kids Sunday evening. At Timberlake United Methodist Church, officials organized a Harvest Festival for kids.

"We look at it as a time of fellowship. We invite the community, and we just have a celebration," said Rob Colwell, Senior Pastor at Timberlake United Methodist Church.

 And, Pastor Colwell points out some churches changed the tradition of Halloween to give it a religious tone.

"I think that there are some in the church that look at Halloween as a negative holiday. But, I think the idea of Christians coming in and changing the holiday makes it a good thing," said Colwell.

Some localities have decided to change the observance of Halloween. Both Henry County and Martinsville will observe Halloween Monday night .

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