Megachurches Expect Massive Crowds for Christmas Services
For megachurches, Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year with celebration preparations, added services and a fuller house.
Several are expecting a crowd more than 20,000 this week, including Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood, Fla., and Newspring Church in South Carolina. Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill, meanwhile, has already kicked off its 12 Christmas services and is expecting a total count of 82,000 attendees.
According to a new study by LifeWay Research, released Monday, nearly half of all U.S. households attend special church services on Christmas Eve or Christmas. This crowd includes atheists (2 percent), agnostics (9 percent) and those claiming other religions (22 percent)....