The Cornwall St. Lawrence Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses attended their annual District Convention for 2011 entitled “Let God’s Kingdom Come!” recently in Cornwall. Delegates including many from Cornwall and Williamstown attended along with 4,000 other Witnesses from Ottawa and the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Valleys. The event took place at the Cornwall Civic Complex. The convention is the latest evidence of the Witnesses’ sharp focus on the Kingdom mentioned in Jesus’ model prayer recorded at Matthew 6:9, 10.
“Throughout the years,” said Lynn Hess, local Elder of the Cornwall St. Lawrence Congregation, “Jehovah’s Witnesses have held conventions focusing on God’s Kingdom government. In fact the full title of the Witnesses’ official journal is The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom and our houses’ of worship are called Kingdom Halls. This is because the purpose of these buildings is to promote true worship and serve as a hub for the preaching of the ‘good news of the kingdom,’ as referred to by Jesus in the passage at Matthew 24:14.”
To Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Kingdom is a real government that can bring true peace to the earth as no human can, no matter how hard they try. “This year’s convention,” continues Lynn Hess, “featured an explanation of intriguing Bible prophecies related to this Kingdom and how it will bring permanent changes for what is right.”
Saturday morning’s program was a highlight of the Convention when 18 were baptized in symbol of their dedication and ordination as ministers of the Kingdom.
Photo: Pictured are the Small family, from Cornwall, and the Chretien family, from Williamstown, who attended this convention. In front is the Small family, parents - Walter and Chantal Small and children - Abigail, Savanah, Aidan and Jacob, along with grandparents Ivan and Delsey Villeneuve. In back is the Chretien family, parents - Kelly and Tina Chretien and children - Miranda and Toni, along with grandmother, Nancy Haymond.