Public is invited to Jehovah’s Witnesses annual convention

New Jersey congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses will travel to Reading, Pa., this weekend for their annual convention. This year’s theme is “Guided by God’s Spirit.”

The three-day program will feature Bible-based talks, skits, interviews, baptism and a costume Bible drama that focus on Jesus Christ’s promise to his followers that God’s holy spirit would provide reliable guidance.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Bible is a product of God’s holy spirit and that people should read it regularly for practical advice and wisdom that is unmatched.

The program begins at 9:20 a.m. each day and resumes around 1:30 p.m. after intermission. More than 20,000 Witnesses are projected to attend during eight weekends at the Sovereign Center at 700 Penn St. The public is invited to attend all or part of the convention. Witnesses from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware will be in attendance.

Each day’s program will share specific examples of how children and adults can follow the leadings of God’s spirit at school, work, within the family circle and congregation, during social activities and when alone or participating in the Christian ministry.

Saturday’s highlight is the baptism of newly ordained members. The program will emphasize how God’s spirit operates in the ministry work and personal life.

On Sunday, there will be a fast-moving series of talks that examines the nine qualities, referred to as “fruitages of the spirit,” that give evidence that one is being led by God’s spirit.

The highly-anticipated full-costume drama leads off the final afternoon session

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