Witnesses flock to convention in Tamworth

WITH words, song and a message of faith, the annual Jehovah’s Witnesses convention at Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre was held over the weekend.

About 3200 people turned out for the first day of the convention’s program on Friday, which this year was themed “safeguarding your heart.”

The event aims to help people refocus their attention on the Bible, family life and to build spirituality within oneself.

The gathering has been held in Tamworth for the past 10 years, and is one of many Jehovah’s Witnesses conventions held throughout Australia and the world each year.

Convention spokesperson Michael Gomersall said about 3600 people attended the convention which concluded yesterday.

“Tamworth is very good to us, we are always welcome here and it’s central to all of our congregations,” Mr Gomersall said.

Visitors from around NSW attend the convention, from as far away as Bourke, MacLean and Raymond Terrace, all coming for a dose of good old fashioned religion.

Guest presenters included people from the Jehovah’s Witnesses head office in Sydney, as well as people from the local community. 

Mr Gomersall said the event also provided an opportunity to socialise with friends met at previous conventions.

“We all have a good catch up, sometimes we only get to see each other once a year,” Mr Gomersall said.

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