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A Kingdom Hall is a place of worship used by Jehovah's Witnesses. According Domenico Finelli, the first Kingdom Hall was constructed in Roseto, Pennsylvania in 1927, with Giovanni DeCecca offering the dedication talk. Nonetheless in 1935 by Joseph Franklin Rutherford, then president of the Watch Tower Society, made it famous and in general use for a building in Hawaii.[1] Rutherford's reasoning was that these buildings would be used for preaching the "good news of the Kingdom."[2] Jehovah's Witnesses use Kingdom Halls for the majority of their worship and Bible instruction. Witnesses prefer the term "Kingdom Hall" over "church", noting that the term often translated "church" in the Bible refers to the congregation of people rather than a structure.[3] 

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Is it appropriate to have a Kingdom Hall sign saying: “Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Christian Witnesses”? So there will be uniformity, the Society encourages all to make their signs read: “Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” (See October 1978 Our Kingdom Service, page 3, paragraph 5.)  - km 4/79 p. 4 Announcements *

Location and Presentation

Kingdom Halls are typically modest, functional structures with practicality in mind.[4] As Witnesses do not use religious symbols, such are not displayed on or in Kingdom Halls. An annual yeartext, or "theme scripture", which is the same for all congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide, is prominently displayed in each Kingdom Hall.[5] This text can be displayed in several languages if the Hall is used by foreign language congregations.[6] A Kingdom Hall typically has a library, contribution boxes,[7] a sound system and a literature counter, where publications are displayed, stored and dispensed.[8]

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A Kingdom Hall in Biddulph, United Kingdom


See also: Latest Authorized Standard Design of Kingdom Halls in the USA and the May 25, 2015 Letter to All Bodies of Elders RE: Guidelines for Congregation Meeting Conferencing Systems
Some Kingdom Halls have multiple auditoriums to allow more than one congregation to simultaneously conduct meetings. Where there is more than one auditorium, each auditorium or the entire structure may both be referred to as "a Kingdom Hall". Larger Assembly Halls or Convention Centers of Jehovah's Witnesses, or any rented arena or stadium used for larger gatherings of Jehovah's Witnesses are also regarded 'as a large "Kingdom Hall'; undignified behavior is considered inappropriate during their religious events, even if the facility is an entertainment venue.[9]

See also: Worldwide directory of Assembly Halls 

Uses


Meetings for worship
Main article: Jehovah's Witnesses practices § Worship
Congregations typically meet in their Kingdom Halls two days each week for meetings for worship.[10] Meetings usually open and close with song and prayer. Meetings held in the Kingdom Hall include Bible readings, public talks on matters such as the Bible, family life, Christian qualities and prophecy, as well as discussion of specially prepared study articles in The Watchtower magazine and other publications of Jehovah's Witnesses.[11][12][13][14] Witnesses also meet in Kingdom Halls for preparation and prayer before engaging in their door-to-door ministry.

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Worship at a Kingdom Hall in Tilburg,Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

Schools

Among its meetings for worship, each congregation conducts a weekly Theocratic Ministry School with a common global curriculum[15] (exceptions are made for the availability of study materials). Kingdom Halls may also be used for any of several occasionally scheduled schools, such as sign- or foreign-language classes.[16] Kingdom Halls may also be used for schools especially developed for particular ranks, such as the Pioneer Service School for full-time preachers, and the Kingdom Ministry School for elders and ministerial servants.[17]
In areas where the literacy rate is low, congregations may also arrange to use Kingdom Halls to conduct literacy or reading classes, which non-Witnesses may also attend.[18]
 

Weddings

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See also: Video of Typical Wedding at a Kingdom Hall in the USA
Kingdom Halls may be used for wedding ceremonies of Witness-baptized couples. A couple sends a request in writing to the congregation's "service committee", which assesses whether the couple is "in good standing, living in harmony with Bible principles and Jehovah’s righteous standards" and that they also approve of the members of the couple's wedding party (that is, groomsmen and bridesmaids).[19]
Jehovah's Witnesses attach no special significance to a Kingdom Hall wedding over a secular service, and Witness couples may choose to be married elsewhere for personal or practical reasons. Up until around 2012, Kingdom Halls were not used for wedding receptions or other social events.[20][21]

Funerals

Funeral services may be held in a Kingdom Hall if the body of elders considers that "the deceased had a clean reputation and was a member of the congregation or the minor child of a member".[22] The family of the deceased may ask any respected male member of the congregation to conduct the service, which involves a simple Bible-based discourse.[23] Depending on family preference and local custom, a Kingdom Hall funeral may or may not have the casketed deceased present.[22][24]
For certain prominent officials of a community we have seen some of these rules eased or waived.
 

Disaster relief

Disaster relief efforts of Jehovah's Witnesses are typically channeled through permanent local Disaster Relief Committees[25] under the various branch offices, and are staged at Kingdom Halls and Assembly Halls as close as practical to the disaster area. Major disaster relief efforts include:

  • War: During the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, a Kingdom Hall property in Goma (then Zaire, now Democratic Republic of the Congo) housed 1600 Witness and non-Witness refugees.
  • In July 1994, relief workers set up a 60-bed relief hospital at the Kingdom Hall, as well as a water treatment system.[26]
  • Earthquake: Following the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995, six Kingdom Halls in Kobe, Japan were used as relief centers and supply depots.[27][28][29]
  • Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, an Assembly Hall and three Kingdom Halls in Haiti were staffed and equipped as temporary clinics and medical centers.[30][31]
  • Storm: In the ten months following Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, seven Kingdom Halls were used as relief centers to dispatch volunteer crews and to store tools and materials while they organized 11,700 volunteers to repair or rebuild 723 homes.[32]
  • For over two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Kingdom Halls were used as relief centers, warehouses, and fuel depots. Nearly 17,000 Witness volunteers repaired more than 5,600 homes and 90 Kingdom Halls during their extended relief effort in the United States' Gulf Coast region.[33]
  • Volcano: On January 18, 2002, the day after the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, six Kingdom Halls in the vicinity received three tons of basic necessities and housed 1800 refugees. One week later, these relief centers were providing daily rations to 5000 people.[34]

 

Dance Halls

Governing Body Member Geoffrey Jackson busts a move dancing with a young woman on the platform of a Kingdom Hall.
Tango lessons in the Kingdom Hall in Argentina
CELEBRACIÓN DE LA DEDICACIÓN (BAILANDO JOROPO CAMPESINO Y RECIO)
Salsa Dancing in Detroit, USA
June 2014 Detroit International Foreign Delegate Visit - Riverview, MI.
July 2014 Dancing the Twist outside of the Conyers, Georgia Assembly hall
July 2014 Conyers Assembly Hall Party and Dancing for the Delegates
August 2014 Dancing ‘Footloose’ on the Kingdom Hall platform wearing jeans and cowboy boots
Sept 2014 - South Korean sisters perform folkloric native dance 2nd video clip

*Just a quick note to mention that this is a big change for most JW's back in the 1970's and earlier who would never have dreamed of holding such dances inside their Kingdom Halls. See the August 1960 Our Kingdom Ministry
 

Construction

See also: New Kingdom Hall design standard for the USA implemented
The construction crews of Kingdom Halls and larger Assembly Halls consist of volunteering Jehovah's Witnesses,[35][36] sometimes from other countries, who have been pre-approved for work on construction sites.

In many countries, a number of standard designs of construction are used that can be built in just a few days.[37][38] The act of constructing a Kingdom Hall in this manner is called a quick-build, although typically the preparation work involving the structural foundation and surrounding surface may take several weeks prior to the scheduled build. For various reasons, not all Kingdom Halls are constructed as quick-builds or using the standard designs. There is however, a noticeably dominant architectural style of the Kingdom Hall which is often used based on standardized design concepts and models, depending on needs.

A Kingdom Hall or Assembly Hall may be created by renovating an existing structure, such as a theater or non-Witness house of worship.[39][40] In areas of repeated or reputed vandalism, particularly in cities, some Kingdom Hall are built without windows to reduce the risk of property damage.[41]
 

Local Design/Construction Department (LDC)

See also: LDC organizational structure

Project approvals: In the past, each body(ies) of elders, in cooperation with the Regional Building Committee, played a significant role in determining both when a new Kingdom Hall construction or renovation project was needed, as well as the scope and cost of the project. The Governing Body has now directed that much of this responsibility be transferred to the branch office. These decisions will be based on a careful examination of the circumstances of each congregation and a branch-wide plan that is being developed to assess and prioritize the need for Kingdom Halls. With a clear understanding of the overall needs, the branch office will be able to implement greater standardization and simplification for the benefit of all. Also, the time-consuming work of researching available options to meet the needs of the congregations will be assigned to representatives of the LDC.

Branch-office approval will be needed for
(1) any new property purchase or sale,
(2) any new construction project,
(3) the addition of any new major element or feature to the existing Kingdom Hall, or
(4) any project that will cost more than three months of operating expenses.

Regional Building Committees
Previous to the LDC's Jehovah's Witnesses' branch offices appointed local Regional Building Committees (RBC) to oversee the construction and maintenance of their places of worship. The objective of such committees, which usually consisted of five to seven persons, often with experience in the construction trades, was to coordinate the efforts of those involved so as to provide attractive and functional facilities that are financially viable.[42]
RBCs cooperated with local congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses seeking to build or renovate a place of worship, under the direction of the local branch office. Committees helped in assessing the suitability of a possible construction site, purchasing the land and materials and coordinating the efforts of volunteers from the wider area.[42] Members of a Regional Building Committee work voluntarily and receive no remuneration for their work.[43]

Funding
In 1983, an arrangement was instituted whereby Kingdom Halls are financed by loans from the Watch Tower Society. In addition to contribution boxes for local congregation expenses and "the worldwide work", each congregation has a contribution box specifically for voluntary donations toward Kingdom Hall construction.[44][45] These donations are pooled by the Watch Tower Society into the Society Kingdom Hall Fund, which is used for financing the construction of Kingdom Halls worldwide, particularly in developing lands.[46][47] When a congregation receives local approval to build a new Kingdom Hall, the congregation may apply for a loan from the Society Kingdom Hall Fund.[48] The congregation repays the loan to the Watch Tower Society, in addition to its continued contributions to the Kingdom Hall Fund. Interest was charged on the loans until September 2008.[49][50][51]

Kingdom Hall Assistance Arrangement, the Convention Travel Fund, and Kingdom Hall and Assembly Hall construction worldwide are a few of the larger arrangements set up for contributions by JW's. The KHAA has been replaced by the KHAH as of June 2015

May 27, 2015 - Letter to All Congregations - Re: Kingdom Hall and Assembly Hall Construction Worldwide

Adjustment to financing Kingdom Hall and Assembly Hall construction worldwide
See updated guidance on the new funding arrangement

See also:
Kingdom Hall Construction Guidelines for lands with Limited Resources

Maintenance
Routine maintenance of Kingdom Halls is performed by the members of the congregations that use them, typically according to a scheduled checklist.[52] The "Kingdom Hall operating committee" oversees maintenance of the building; at least one elder or ministerial servant from each congregation is selected to be part of the operating committee.[53] Kingdom Hall maintenance costs are covered by donations to a local fund.[54]
United Kingdom: June 16, 2015 - Kingdom Hall Utility Supply - Letter of Authority

Kingdom Hall in the USA seen using a lawn care service in 2014

 

See Also:

What Happens at a Kingdom Hall? - Official JW.ORG video
Locate a Kingdom Hall
Gallery of Kingdom Hall
Information Regarding Ownership of Kingdom Halls

2014 - Chilean Kingdom Halls flying the national flag
2014 - David Splane speaks about KH's in the USA
2014 - Kingdom Hall still attached to a church? (UK)
2013 - One Thousand Kingdom Halls and Counting
1985 - Weekend Miracle - Non WTBTS Publication report on 2 Day Kingdom Halls
 



References

  1. Jehovah's Witnesses – Proclaimers of God's Kingdom chap. 20 p. 319, 721
  2. Jehovah's Witnesses – Proclaimers of God's Kingdom chap. 20 p. 319 Building Together on a Global Scale
  3. "Should We Go to Christian Meetings?", Awake!, March 8, 2001, page 12
  4. Organized to Do Jehovah's Will p.120-123 (Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, 2005)
  5. Texas Monthly magazine, July 1980, page 136,138, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, "A Witness house of worship is called a Kingdom Hall. ...Appropriate to the movement's rejection of pomp and display, the [particular Hall visited by the writer], shared with two other congregations, resembled the meeting room of a budget motel, complete with rows of stackable chairs. The lone feature that marked it as a room devoted to religion was a sign, affixed to a plain wooden canopy over the speaker's stand, that bore the entreaty, "And now, Jehovah . . . grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness." The congregation of approximately 75 included admirably equal portions of blacks, whites, and Mexican Americans, a not uncommon manifestation of ethnic ecumenicity in Witness circles."
  6. "Question Box", Our Kingdom Ministry, December 1976, page 4, "It is recommended that the yeartext be displayed in the Kingdom Hall in countries where this can be done without difficulties resulting. ...Often it is best to display the yeartext at the front or side of the hall so it can be seen easily."
  7. “To the House of Jehovah Let Us Go”, Our Kingdom Ministry, April 1993, page 4
  8. "Bible-based Society of Kingdom Witnesses", The Watchtower, October 15, 1962, page 631
  9. "Maintain Fine Conduct That Glorifies God", Our Kingdom Ministry, May 2000, page 6
  10. Organized to Do Jehovah’s Will, ©2005 Watch Tower, page 138
  11. "Jehovah's Witnesses", World Religions in America: An Introduction by Jacob Neusner, ©2003, Westminster John Knox Press, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 197
  12. Organized to Accomplish Our Ministry, ©1983,1989 Watch Tower, page 131
  13. "Jehovah's Witnesses", Britannica Encyclopedia of World Religions by Wendy Doniger (editor), ©2006, in association with Merriam-Webster, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 563
  14. "Jehovah's Witnesses", World Religions: An Introduction for Students by Jeaneane D. Fowler, ©1997, Sussex Academic Press, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 122
  15. "Jehovah's Witnesses", Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements by Richard Allen Landes, Berkshire Reference Works (Firm), ©2000, Routledge, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 203, "One can visit a "Kingdom Hall" (a technical term for the building at which Witness meetings are held) in Australia, Japan, Zambia, or North Carolina with the realistic expectation that congregational meetings will exhibit a high degree of uniformity in content and procedure."
  16. "Highlights of the Past Year", 2007 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, pages 6, 15-18
  17. "Imitate the Greatest Missionary", The Watchtower, February 15, 2008, page 18
  18. 1986 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses. p. 226.
  19. "Question Box", Our Kingdom Ministry, November 2008, page 3
  20. "Marriage Ceremony and Requirements", The Watchtower, September 15, 1956, page 571
  21. How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook by Stuart M. Matlins, Arthur J. Magida (editors), ©2004, Skylight Paths Publishing, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 128-129, "Marriage Ceremony Jehovah's Witnesses view marriage as a sacred vow made before God. ...The marriage ceremony, which may last about 30 minutes, is a ceremony in itself. ...Appropriate Attire Men" A jacket and tie. No head covering is required. Women: A dress or a skirt and blouse. Dress "modestly" and "sensibly". Hems need not reach below the knees nor must clothing cover the arms. Open-toed shoes and modest jewelry are permissible. No head covering is required. There are no rules regarding colors of clothing. ...After the Ceremony Is there usually a reception after the ceremony? Yes. It may be held in homes or a catering hall. It is never held in the Kingdom Hall where the wedding took place."
  22. "Question Box", Our Kingdom Ministry, March 1997, page 7
  23. "Is Your Course of Life Death-Oriented?", The Watchtower, June 1, 1978, page 7
  24. How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook by Stuart M. Matlins, Arthur J. Magida (editors), ©2004, Skylight Paths Publishing, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 129, "Funerals and Mourning Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the dead are "conscious of nothing at all" and are asleep in the grave awaiting resurrection to life. ...The funeral service, which is a ceremony in itself, may last about 15 to 30 minutes. ...Where will the ceremony take place? Either at a Kingdom Hall or in a funeral home. ...Will there be an open casket? Possibly. This depends on the preference of the immediate family."
  25. "Volunteers continue Katrina disaster relief work" by David J. Bush, Salisbury Post, September 1, 2007, page F0
  26. "Caring for Victims of Rwanda’s Tragedy", Awake!, December 22, 1994, page 15
  27. "Volunteers at Work", Awake!, July 22, 2001, page 8
  28. "Love Toward Those ‘Related in the Faith’", The Watchtower, June 15, 1999, page 8
  29. "Japan", 1998 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, page 143
  30. "Witnesses’ relief efforts in Haiti continue", Jehovah's Witnesses Official Media Web Site, January 28, 2010, As Retrieved 2010-02-22
  31. "A Doctor Heads Home to Haiti" by Lionel J. Malebranche, MD, Annals of Internal Medicine, February 18, 2010
  32. "Love in Action—A Marathon Relief Effort", Awake!, November 22, 2002, page 22
  33. "A Love More Powerful Than a Hurricane!", Awake!, August 2008, page 16
  34. "How We Escaped a Terrifying Lava Flow!", Awake!, November 8, 2002, pages 24-25
  35. "Jehovah's Witnesses", The Encyclopedia of Louisville by John E. Kleber, ©2000, University Press of Kentucky, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 444, "Jehovah's Witnesses are well known in the Greater Louisville area, having been a part of "Kentucky sod" since the late 1800s. ...From 1947 to 1970 ten more Kingdom Halls were constructed in Louisville, all by volunteer labor."
  36. "Jehovah's Witnesses", World Religions 101: An Overview for Teens by Margaret O. Hyde, Emily G. Hyde, ©2008, Twenty-First Century Books, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 91-92
  37. "Jehovah's Witnesses", Religion in the contemporary world: a sociological introduction by Alan E. Aldridge, ©2000, Polity Press, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 116-117, "Witnesses are extremely well organized. ...One particular way in which the [Watch Tower] society mobilizes its members is to build their places for worship and assembly, the Kingdom Halls. A 'rapid-building crew' of Witness volunteers can erect a functional but well-built Kingdom Hall in a weekend."
  38. Holbrook by Holbrook Historical Society, ©2004, Arcadia Publishing, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 63, "The Kingdom Hall. Shown here is the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on North Franklin Street. This hall was built by the membership in one weekend."
  39. New York: The Movie Lover's Guide : The Ultimate Insider Tour of Movie New York by Richard Alleman, ©2005, Broadway, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 416, "Albemarle Theater, 973 Flatbush Avenue. Just like the old Stanley Theater in Jersey City, Brooklyn's 2,700-seat Albemarle movie palace later served as a Kingdom Hall for the Jehovah's Witnesses."
  40. From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship by David W. Dunlap, ©2004, Columbia University Press, As Retrieved 2009-08-18, page 117, "The remarkable Kingdom Hall at 609 West 161st Street was formerly the Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights, by George and Edward Blum and Ludwig Hanauer, completed in 1925."
  41. "How Kingdom Halls Are Built", Awake!, August 22, 1972, page 23
  42. Jehovah's Witnesses—Proclaimers of God's Kingdom. Watch Tower Society. pp. 325–328.
  43. "Kingdom Hall Construction in the United States". Our Kingdom Ministry: 3. August 1997.
  44. "How Is It All Financed?", Jehovah's Witnesses - Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, pages 344-345
  45. "Announcements", Our Kingdom Ministry, June 1991, page 3
  46. "True Worship Is Expanding in Eastern Europe". Our Kingdom Ministry: 3–4. September 1999.
  47. "International Kingdom Hall Building in Some European Lands", Our Kingdom Ministry, May 2003, page 3
  48. "A New Program for Kingdom Hall Construction". Our Kingdom Ministry: 3. September 1983.
  49. Letter to all Congregations, June 4, 2008
  50. "Continued Expansion Increases Need for Kingdom Halls". Our Kingdom Ministry: 3. December 1993.
  51. Our Kingdom Ministry: 4. April 1985. "These loans are repaid to the Society Kingdom Hall Fund with interest at the rate of 6 percent."
  52. For example, Our Kingdom Ministry, March 2003, included a "Safety Checklist" on page 4, and a checklist for "Care of Building and Property" on page 5.
  53. "Let Us Keep Our Place of Worship in Good Repair", Our Kingdom Ministry, August 2003, page 3-4
  54. "The Giver of “Every Good Gift”", The Watchtower, December 1, 1993, page 29

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      Kingdom Hall in Malden, Massachusetts, USA. Photo shared by @katheryn.jones I "see" the JW sign do you?
    • By Bible Speaks
      KINGDOM HALL IN COLOMBIA
    • By Bible Speaks
      Photo of Kingdom Hall, Charlotte MI. Photo by jw,w Kingdom Hall Charlotte Michigan
    • By Bible Speaks
      Kingdom Hall in Jaboatéo dos Guararapes, Pernambuco, Brazil. Photo shared by @wendell_wsm
    • By Bible Speaks
      Por: @quinteromila “Having fun after lunch at Capacho kingdom hall build. thebestlifeever kingdomhallbuilding”


    • By Nicole
      Transmission department in a Kingdom Hall in Mexico ensuring that those who do not attend a meeting can see the meeting.

    • By Nicole
      The Stornoway congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses plan to build a new church.
      The proposed Kingdom Hall would be sited on Perceval Road, facing the rear of the Dun Eisdean care home.
      The new place of worship would be close to the Culregrein Mission House where the Stornoway Reformed Presbyterian Church meet.
      The present Kingdom Hall is located above a block of shops in Church Street. The group has met there since 1958.
      A bid for full planning permission for the new hall plus carpark has been lodged to Western Isles Council.
      Four people have made representations supporting the development while one objection has been submitted.
      The Comhairle's environmental health department expresses concerns over the potential for noise and dust during the construction phase though it is understood this could be managed by imposing conditions.
      The council is considering the planning application.
      Source: http://www.hebrides-news.com/jehovah-witnesses-stornoway-church-1616.html
    • By The Librarian
      No tongue have I, nor mouth, nor lip, a speech I cannot make
      But if I could, the things I'd say, would long, long hours take!

      For I was born to fill a need, in answer to a callAnd those who brought me forth to live, have named me Kingdom Hall.

      So I've a royal name you see, and royal was my birthI'm here for service to a King, I hope I prove my worth!

      I want so much to be just right. To suit the need I fillTo aid in service of Kingdom Truth, to people of good will

      Oh give me lips and mouth and tongue, and let me tell to all,The reason why I'm standing here, why I'm called a Kingdom Hall

      But what's a Kingdom Hall you ask? You mean you haven't heard?Why I'm the place where all may come, and freely learn God's word

      No, I'm no church, don't get me wrong, I have no pews or steepleAnd never will collection plates be used to milk the people

      The things you'll hear within my walls will not be false traditionYou'll never hear that Hell is hot, for that's a contradiction!

      Nor will the pagan idea of God, who's three in oneEver be preached beneath my roof; such doctrines you should shun

      But rather, here inside my doors you'll learn things reliableBecause they'll be taken from a truthful source, God's word, the Holy Bible!

      You'll learn how Jehovah God intends to rid the earth of all it's woes;Destroy it's sorrow, sin and death; all mankind's deadly foes

      Then in their place will blossom forth, a world of truth and loveAn earth where God's will shall be done; just as in heaven above

      There'll be no sickness, pain or death, no tear to mar the smileNo one will then bring grief and strife; no Devil will beguile

      But those who live in the new system will humbly bow the kneeBefore Jehovah God who reigns in Grand Supremacy

      This is part of what you'll hear within these walls of mineBut more than that you'll learn just how to make this light to shine!

      And that's the point I want to stress, which may seem rather oddThat I'm not built just as a place in which to worship God

      So here it is you'll learn of Jehovah God; to know what is his willTo learn what he requires of you, his laws how to fulfill

      To worship God means more than sit and listen to God's wordIt means to act; to serve; to preach, to all who have not heard

      Outside my doors, amidst the world, you must hold forth the lightYou must apply what you here learn, to worship God aright

      How great my joy I want to shout; My privelege is so rareYou other buildings of the earth, cannot with me compare

      If I could speak, I'd raise my voice and make all buildings knowThat my importance excels theirs, for from me truth will flow

      So listen, All you structures proud, you giants of steel and stoneYour tops may scrape a scuddling cloud or soar where Eagles have flown

      Your cornerstone may have been laid by worldly men of fameBut you can not boast, That you've been made to praise Jehovah's name!!!
      Author: Unknown
    • By Nicole
      The recent hailstorm in Del Rio Monday night caused many to reevaluate the safety of their homes and their current living situations. Window, roof and electrical damages have citizens wishing they were more prepared for this natural disaster. 
      However, the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ completion of its replacement roof was finished just in time for the damaging weather.
      Source: 
      http://delrionewsherald.com/news/article_d64c0338-dbe8-11e5-9c97-e39793edf55d.html
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