New Kingdom Hall

New Kingdom Hall

Several congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses undertook a bold project this summer: Build three new Kingdom Hall buildings in Coeur d’Alene, Rathdrum and Sandpoint, and do it in 10 days. This past week, the new buildings were finished, including stone facades, landscaping and signs with gold lettering. Hundreds of volunteers came from Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, each with particular skills and trades to finish the attractive but modest buildings.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, who are known for their door-to-door evangelizing, deplore what they describe as the vanity of elaborate church buildings, the elitism of professional clergy and the exuberance of live bands on church stage. Their congregations are limited to around 80 members and the group must split if it gets much larger. Their churches, called Kingdom Halls, are used by one to four congregations to better utilize the building. Services consist mainly of talks and discussions, led by laypeople, about the Bible and literature from the Watchtower Society. Singing is done to prerecorded music.

Though Witnesses are very serious about their faith, they enjoy the fun and camaraderie of these building projects. The photos for this slideshow came from the Coeur d’Alene project, which is very similar to the other two Kingdom Halls other than some slight cosmetic changes.

Jesse Tinsley

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