Jehovah’s Witness convention expected to draw 20,000

The city of Jacksonville will host more than 20,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses and their guests over two weekends this summer: June 30–July 2 and July 7–9.

 

Delegates will attend from all over northern Florida and southern Georgia, including those invited from the local community.

In preparation for the event at the Veterans Memorial Arena, hundreds of volunteers will arrive early to aid with maintenance and cleaning, painting and pressure washing the convention site.

Special attention will be given to cleaning seats, floors, toilets, handrails and windows as well as gum removal.

Each year, Jehovah’s Witnesses gather in large groups across the world to hold three-day conventions with a unifying theme. This year’s convention carries the title, “Don’t Give Up.”

In a time marked by polarization and strife, encouragement will be given on how to enjoy a happy life now and gain a real hope for the future.

During the event, talks and interviews will explore how even today, God supplies endurance to all sorts of people in all sorts of situations. Multimedia presentations will highlight how the Bible and nature teach lessons about how to endure.

Each afternoon, a portion of a three-part feature film will be presented that follows the story of a family who learns why Jesus said: “Remember the Wife of Lot.”

A highlight of the weekend will be a baptism on Saturday morning for individuals who have qualified and now want to symbolize their dedication to God.

On Sunday morning, a Public Bible Discourse will be presented on the theme “Never Give Up Hope.”

Doors open at 8:15 a.m. each day, and the sessions begin at 9:20 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. There is no charge for admission and no collection will be taken.

For information, go to jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions.

 

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