A baptism ceremony was held during the Jehovah's Witnesses 2010 District Convention at Freedom Hall Saturday. (Madison Mathews/Johnson City Press)
Following one of the main theme’s of the Bible, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have centered their annual two-weekend district convention on ideas of hope and the truth behind God’s promises.
Richard Flatt, elder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Kingsport-West chapter, said the convention weekends –– June 21-23 and June 28-30 ––will be the same presentation and will host around 4,000 people at each convention weekend at Freedom Hall Civic Center, 1320 Pactolas Road in Johnson City.
“Each year a theme is chosen that will enable us to be able to apply principles in our life that really help (us) cope with situations,” Flatt said. “Part of the theme will deal with how truth is what is really beneficial to us, how it can help families when we apply Bible truths, how it can help young ones. It will also help us to see how it gives us a hope for the future. It gives us a hope and the ability to cope with situations now.”
He said the three-day weekends will include a variety of special talks, music and afternoon plays .
“One of them (plays) is a dress drama dealing with a time period, Bible time period, but those dramas really make it stand out, the principles and the guidelines that are a benefit to us,” Flatt said.
He said he hopes families attending will take home a sense of “hope that God’s promises hold out and taking those things home really ... help a person to cope with this stressful world we live in.”
According to a preconvention release, the public is invited to attend either weekend session and there is no fee associated with the convention, only voluntary donations.
The three-day convention begins each day at 9:20 a.m. with music and the program will start at 9:45 a.m.
According to the release, afternoon sessions will start at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, 1:35 p.m. on Saturday and 1:25 p.m. on Sunday. The convention will end at 4:50 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3:35 p.m. on Sunday.
Flatt said on Saturday a baptism of new believers will take place just after noon.
“It is an all day situation, but each one (participant) is encouraged to bring their own ... simple lunch,” he said. “Each one brings their own. We all sit there and eat together.”
According to the release, the regional congregation extends from part of Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern part of Tennessee, including Knoxville.
“We encourage families to worship together, so you’ll see six week old babies to 90-year-old individuals,” Flatt said. “We take care of one another.”
According to the release, Jehovah’s Witnesses “are members of a worldwide Christian religion who actively share with others information about God, whose name is Jehovah, and about his Son, Jesus Christ.”
For more information on the conventions and on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, visit www.jw.org.