Jehovah’s Witnesses convention bigger this year
This year’s regional Jehovah’s Witnesses conventions across the country are being consolidated, said Mike Marvin, spokesperson for the regional convention held this month in Raleigh. “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom” was held last weekend and will be held again this weekend at the PNC Arena for more regional Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Raleigh convention draws Witnesses not just from the Triangle but also Virginia. Congregations, which meet in local Kingdom Halls, are assigned to a convention weekend. Major talks at regional conventions are being broadcast to other convention sites, which also have local speakers. Last weekend, Atlanta’s convention was the hub, Marvin said. This weekend, convention-goers in Raleigh will watch broadcasts of special talks by speakers at the convention going on at the same time in Indianapolis.
The majority of speakers will still be on site, he said. The stage set up at PNC Arena is different this year, with the Jumbotron and two giant screens on the side of the stage used for better viewing. Last weekend, Witnesses from 100 congregations attended, with 13 of those from Virginia. Marvin checked in briefly then, but his own congregation has been assigned to this upcoming convention. He is part of Mineral Springs Congregation, a new congregation that will begin meeting next week at the Kingdom Hall on Junction Road in East Durham. Two other congregations already meet there – East English Durham Congregation and East Spanish Durham Congregation.
Marvin said they were expecting about 14,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses to attend each day of the convention, up from 9,000 to 10,000 last year, before conventions were consolidated. Conventions were also held in June in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
“For me, it’s like a spiritual boost every year. It’s something everyone looks forward to,” Marvin said. “It’s a positive family reunion. We don’t just call each other brother and sister, we treat each other like family,” he said.
Marvin said the conventions also help build up Witnesses for trials they face in life.
Jehovah’s Witnesses go door to door to tell others about their faith, and also to invite them to the convention every summer.
Admission to the convention is free and no registration is needed. They do not take a collection. The theme this year at all conventions, of “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom,” will “highlight a connection between family values and the teachings of Jesus Christ.” The program on Friday afternoon will focus on how to “Teach Your Children to Love God’s Kingdom.”
For information about the annual conventions, visit www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom” Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses
WHEN: 9:20 a.m.-4:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9:20 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh
INFORMATION: Free admission, free parking. Call 919-475-5060.