Cornwall to Witness thousands over 3 weekends for Watch Tower conventions

Cornwall to Witness thousands over 3 weekends for Watch Tower conventions

CORNWALL STANDARD-FREEHOLDER file photo More than 3,500 people flooded the Cornwall Civic Complex in June 2012 as part of the annual Jehovah's Witness conference.

CORNWALL STANDARD-FREEHOLDER file photo
More than 3,500 people flooded the Cornwall Civic Complex in June 2012 as part of the annual Jehovah’s Witness conference.

Its that time of year again when Cornwall’s population grows by 10,000 over the course of three weekends.

The Cornwall Civic Complex is gearing up to welcome thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses who will come into our city for the first of three Watch Tower Conventions. The first convention begins on Friday, June 13 in the Ed Lumley Arena and runs through to Sunday, June 15. The second is being held the weekend of June 20 to 22 and the third, a French-language convention will be June 27-29.

The conventions attract more than 10,000 delegates from all over who pump in excess of $4 million dollars into Cornwall’s economy during their stay here. City of Cornwall facilities rental co-ordinator Janice Robinson said this is about the 16th year the Watch Tower Convention comes to Cornwall.

“They renew year to year,” she said. “They always provide us with a letter one year in advance with the booking dates.”

Local convention co-ordinator Lynn Hess said they chose Cornwall first off for the convenient location.

“A lot of our delegates come from Ottawa or West Montreal and Cornwall,” he said. “But also because of the people. It’s a beautiful facility and it’s always been very good to us.

“We want people to know that these conventions are not just for Jehovah’s Witnesses… People of many faiths pray for God’s kingdom.”

Hess said participants will hear what the Kingdom is and how it can be a positive influence in their lives. The highlight of the convention is the keynote address on Friday morning.

Hess said although they are still expecting 10,000 delegates, the number is down considerably from last year when they held six weekend conventions instead of just three.

This year’s convention theme is Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom based on Matthew 6:33 and the public is welcome to attend any session or all of the convention free of charge.

This year marks the centennial of when the Jehovah Witnesses believe Jesus Christ began his rule as King of that Kingdom in 1914.

During the summer there will be 53 convention programs in 24 locations across the country. The projected attendance in Canada is expected to be almost 150,000.

For more information visit the Watch Tower website at http://www.jw.org.

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