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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam’s Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation is hoping to refurbish its premises at the Weir Road in the town.

The development at Killaloonty would involve the renovation of the existing building, and a change of use of the adjoining caretakers apartment.

 

The change of use would facilitate a relocation of the front entrance, new toilet facilities, an enlarged auditorium and a new multipurpose room.

The project would also see the provision of accessible toilets and car parking bays, additional general parking and a new pedestrian entrance.

County planners are due to make a decision next month.

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      Rod Edgar , Saturday 21st January 2017   A RELIGIOUS venue in Annan is set to show off the results of a major refurbishment this weekend.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses are throwing open the doors of The Kingdom Hall in Downies Wynd tomorrow, allowing the public to see the changes carried out during nine to ten weeks of work.
      Clive Davies says there is a lot of gratitude for the help provided by local businesses and the council, and he said: “It’s because we appreciate the community’s support; it did cause a bit of disruption with all the work going on.”
      The Jehovah’s Witnesses moved to their current home in 2003, vacating the building in Greencroft Wynd which went on to become Sparklers Nursery.
      Anticipating there will be interest from the public to see what has become of the Downies Wynd building, Mr Davies said: “Some people might remember it when it was the Co-op Funeral Parlour.”
      Extensive work has been carried out at The Kingdom Hall entirely by volunteers who travelled the length and breadth of the country.
      Mr Davies said: “There were up to 30 people a day in there, depending on what the jobs were.
      “It was basically taken back to the four walls.”
      The development includes a state-of-the-art auditorium with platform linked through soundproof glass to an adjoining smaller meeting room.
      There is also another meeting room, new toilets and the foyer area has been redesigned to welcome visitors.
      Other work included the installation of a new disabled-friendly ramp at the front, plus stainless steel railing.
      And a new audio-visual system was installed, as Mr Davies said: “Now, on rare occasions, a discourse can be given in London which can be streamed over the Internet to us.
      “At one time if there was a special event we’d go to bigger centres, with thousands there, but now everybody goes to The Kingdom Hall and they log on.”
      The open day runs this Saturday from 1-5 pm, with refreshments and no collections.
       
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      A large plot of land on J M Turk Road in Flowery Branch was once covered by a forest, but has been cleared away in the last year to make room for a new Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Kingdom Hall.
      The hall opened in May after eight months of construction, said one of the congregation elders Robert Rankin.
      “We used all-volunteer labor,” he said. “No one was paid to do this.”
      The term “kingdom hall” was adopted by witnesses to describe their place of worship instead of the word church. They say biblically, the word “church” describes a group of worshippers, and not the place they congregate.
      Kingdom halls are thus places for witnesses to meet and learn about the kingdom of God.
      THE HALL
      The Flowery Branch kingdom hall was designed with a more modern, “educational center look,” Rankin said.
      “This is the new design,” he said. “You used to build them with a more residential look, with the sloped roof, you know. But in the long run, this outlasts that.”
      His wife, Mary Rankin, said it is a commonly used international design, because it meets codes in just about any part of the world.
      Robert Rankin said the facility is made of absolutely no wood, which saves time in construction because nails don’t have to be driven into planks. And the building’s flat roof allows air conditioning and utilities to be stored on top.
      The hall also has a dehumidifying system to help keep the temperature comfortable, Mary Rankin said.
      “I always have a problem being too cold,” she said. “But this is great.”
      As witnesses or visitors enter the kingdom hall, they enter a bright, open lobby area with a wall of windows. Against another wall is a community board, showcasing lists and schedules. All duties in the hall are shared, including who cleans every day.
      The kingdom hall has one large space used primarily for worship with a capacity for about 235 people. Each Sunday, it seats just less than 150 attendees. A nearby “overflow room” is used as a private meeting room, seating about 50 people.
      A third auxiliary room toward the back of the building seats closer to 25.
      All three rooms have mounted televisions, with the goal off streaming video in all of them, Robert Rankin said.
      The facility has spacious mens’ and womens’ restrooms, a family restroom, a walk-in coat closet and a small, private meeting room close to the front doors.
      “We have one lady in our congregation who can’t do the fluorescent lights,” Mary Rankin said. “But she can sit in there. For a while she wasn’t able to come, but now she can sit and hear the whole program.”
      “And if someone has something personal they want to talk to one of the brothers about, they can do that here,” Robert Rankin added.
      THE KINGDOM
      The new hall was constructed because of vast growth in the area, the Rankins said.
      “It’s the fastest growing religion in the world,” Mary Rankin said.
      Robert Rankin said more than 8 million witnesses are in the world. Already two other kingdom halls are in the Hall County area, one on Stephens Road in Gainesville and another on Ednaville Road in Braselton.
      “That’s where we moved out of,” Robert Rankin said. “Because we had actually six congregations in the one building. So there are two here now and a Spanish congregation that meets here as well.”
      Jehovah’s Witnesses do not follow the “megachurch” model with one preacher or minister to a single, large congregation. Every kingdom hall has multiple elders. The Flowery Branch facility has 12, with Robert Rankin as the coordinator of the body of elders.
      “When you have a meeting of the elders, the coordinator just provides an agenda,” he said. “But he has no more authority than any others. And ministers are not paid.”
      The kingdom hall has a midweek meeting — what other denominations might call a worship service — at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and a weekend meeting at 10 a.m. Sundays.
      Meetings begin and end with song and prayer and include audience participation in Bible examination and study, like a classroom discussion. They are open to the public, not just Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      “It’s pretty good,” Robert Rankin said with a laugh. “I’ve been in it since I was a young guy. It does increase your knowledge. It doesn’t just give you a speaking ability or train you, but it gives you information.”
      Meetings at the Flowery Branch kingdom hall often start with a 2-3 minute video, to introduce a topic or subject. The screens throughout the hall are used for this purpose.
      Collections are never taken at any kingdom hall. Instead, donation boxes are fixed to the wall, one for local facility maintenance and another for world donations.
      “Getting these halls built in third-world countries — everybody contributes,” Robert Rankin said. “But there is no requirement. Everyone just takes care of each other.”
      He said if anyone has questions about Jehovah’s Witnesses, what they do and what they believe, they can read some frequently asked questions and watch informational videos at www.jw.org.
      Mary Rankin said commonly asked questions include “Why does God allow suffering and evil?”
      “A lot of people ask us that,” she said.
      Robert Rankin said the greatest and simplest hope for the kingdom hall is to be available to people and to educate.
      “We’ve gone out for years and heard people say, ‘But you don’t believe in Jesus,’” he said. “But that’s just ridiculous. What hope is there, unless he is there? Our feeling is, as the scripture (says), Jehovah is the creator and Jesus is the Son of God who came here and willingly died for us. And we’re here to promote that.”

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      Officials from Renton and King County are investigating a series of three fires that occurred within 40 minutes of each during Thursday’s early morning hours, including a fire at a construction trailer near a Jehovah’s Witness Hall that officials are investigating as an arson.
      Investigators do not believe the fires are related.
      According to Lead Fire Inspector Phil Cane, the first call came in at 2:57 a.m. Firefighters were dispatched to Heritage Glen Condominium complex in the 14130 block of Southeast 171st Street for a report of a dumpster fire. Cane said the fire was not close to a structure and not particularly dangerous.
      Because the fire, which is considered suspicious, is outside the city boundary, the King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
      Firefighters were able to contain and put out that fire relatively quickly, which is good because at 3:23 a.m. a second call came in, this one about a brush fire in a homeless camp off Talbot Road.
      Firefighters dispatched the “brush Rig” from Station 17 in Fairwood, which contains smaller hose lines and other brush fire tools. That fire was contained to a 10-foot-by-10-foot area and fire inspectors believe it was accidental.
      At 3:27 a.m. the call for a third fire came in, this one at the Jehovah’s Witness Hall in the 16000 block of 116th Avenue Southeast, where witnesses reported hearing explosions.
      Firefighers responded to find a fire at a consturction trailer on the site located next to the building. Cane said the fire used construction and landscape debris as fuel and investogators belive the explosions were caused by aerosol cans exploding and were simply a result of the fire, not the cause.
      Cane said the fire caused “very minor damage” to the hall.
      “It could have been much worse,” he said.
      Investigators believe the fire at the hall was intentionally set and are investigating it as an arson.
      Cane said homeowners and business owners should be aware of debris outside and around their buildings that could become “targets of opportunity” to those “predisposed to light fires.”
      He also encouraged anyone with information on any of the blazes to call 911 or the arson hotline at 800-55-ARSON (27766).

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      The validity of hundreds of marriages could be in doubt amid concerns about the “training and accreditation” of some wedding solemnisers.
      The Department of Social Protection, which maintains the register of solemnisers, is so concerned it says it may require all marriages to be solemnised by a civil registrar in addition to solemnisation by another religious or secular body.
      It says it has no way of knowing how many marriages may be affected as a result of being performed by inadequately trained solemnisers because a civil registrar is not present at such weddings.
      There are almost 6,000 marriage solemnisers registered across the State – some based in Northern Ireland.
      Of the total, 105 are civil registrars, employed by the HSE. There are also 13 secular solemnisers – including 12 humanist ones – and 5,784 who belong to religious bodies.
      No concerns have been expressed about the training and accreditation in any named religious body. However the Registrar General is concerned generally about the training that some smaller, newer religious bodies may be giving to accredited ministers, and it has no way of policing this.
      Of the religious solemnisers, the majority are from mainstream churches, including 4,452 from the Catholic Church, 358 from the Church of Ireland, 210 Jehovah’s Witnesses, 195 Methodists, 92 Presbyterians, five from the Islamic community and two who are Jewish.
      Online ordination
      There are also hundreds from less-known religious bodies, including one fromLife Renewal Ministries International, nine from the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, five from Pagan Federation Ireland and one from theHealing Streams Christian Renewal Centre.
      In a statement, the Registrar General told The Irish Times: “Religious bodies are not required by law to have training and accreditation procedures, and there is concern that the quality assurance provided by training and accreditation may not be present in some cases. The office is aware any individual can easily obtain an online ordination certificate without any training or accreditation by the religious body issuing the certificate.
      “Applications have been made by such persons for registration in the register of solemnisers.”
      Solemnisers from a secular body must satisfy regulations in the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, which says the body must have more than 50 members, must meet regularly and must have appropriate procedures for “selecting, training and accrediting members as fit and proper persons to solemnise marriages”.
      Senior officials in the department have warned in a briefing note to Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: “The proliferation of small bodies and the lack of regulations of bodies gives rise to concerns as to validity of [some] marriages registered in the State.
      “In one case, a member of a religious body was convicted of facilitating sham marriages.
      “Against this background, consideration may need to be given to requiring that all marriages in the State be solemnised by a civil registrar as is the practice in most EU countries.”
      A spokeswoman said the Registrar General does not intend to comment on any particular body or on how many there are concerns about.
      “It is not possible to know how many marriages may be affected as the marriages in question are solemnised by religious bodies and no civil registrar is present.”
      Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/concern-mounts-that-hundreds-of-marriages-may-be-invalid-1.2686282
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      Phil Ackland of the Summerland Jehovah’s Witnesses takes a seat in the newly constructed Kingdom Hall on Biagioni Avenue. An open house for the facility was held on Friday and Saturday.
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      Doesn’t having brothers and sisters being used as security to “protect” Kingdom Halls show a form of idolatry over a building / corporation? Isn’t a human life worth so much more than a building?  And what exactly would one of Jehovah’s Witnesses do if confronted by determined robbers?
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