Nearly 6,000 attend Jehovah’s Witness convention

Each session was free and open to the public

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Nearly 6,000 people have gathered at the University of Massachusetts campus for the annual convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that members of Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations from across the Northeast came to Amherst this weekend. They participated in a three-day program that included sermons, songs and prayer.

Each session was free and open to the public.

It was one of five such gatherings that began July 4 and are scheduled each weekend through Aug. 3.

George Chappell, a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Vernon, Connecticut, said Jehovah’s Witnesses has nearly 8 million members worldwide.

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