One of the largest global conventions in 2019, spanning six continents and over 200 countries and presented in over 400 languages, will be coming to Rockford on August 16th – 18th. Beginning in May 2019, Jehovah’s Witnesses will host a global series of three-day conventions featuring the theme “Love Never Fails.” It is anticipated that there will be an attendance of 3,500 at four conventions to be held at BMO Harris Bank Center.
The program in Rockford will be tied into one of seven larger international conventions held in the United States. These larger international conventions will be hosting a total of 35,000 foreign delegates coming from 105 countries. Worldwide there are 22 major cities in 18 countries that have been selected to host international convention events. In total, as many as 140,000 delegates will be traveling from numerous countries to attend these larger gatherings.
“These events will illustrate the positive influence that love can have to bring people together from diverse backgrounds,” states Jonathan Gomas, a local representative for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Local Jehovah’s Witnesses get an opportunity to meet and enjoy association with their fellow Witnesses, and the community here in Rockford is happy to accommodate the influx of visitors at the many local cafés, restaurants, hotels, and popular tourist destinations.” Times and locations for these public conventions can be found on the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses, jw.org.
Rockford Public Convention Quick Facts • Date(s): August 16th – 18th • Venue: BMO Harris Bank Center • Projected Attendance: 3,500 • Program Language(s): English
Convention Program Highlights. The convention program will examine how Bible principles help people in practical ways. The Friday program will address how love can help people surmount obstacles such as a troubled upbringing, chronic illness, or poverty. Saturday’s program will consider how Bible principles help husbands, wives, and children to show love for one another. Sunday’s program will include a public Bible discourse entitled “True Love in a Hate-Filled World—Where?” that will address overcoming prejudice and hatred. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witness are free to the public; no collections are taken. See a complete program schedule, and watch a video about conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
2018 Statistics about Jehovah’s Witnesses 8,579,909: Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide 240: Lands where Jehovah’s Witnesses worship 119,954: Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide 20,329,317: Peak attendance at meetings of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide 975: Languages featured on jw.org, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Subarea:BMO Harris Bank Center
Directions: BMO Harris Bank Center - 300 Elm St., Rockford, IL 61101 - FROM THE NORTH ----- Take I-90 East to Business Route 20 (E. State St.) exit. Exit to the right. Merge onto E. State and go about 7 miles through town. Once across the river, turn left at the second light, Church St. The BMO Harris Bank Center is one block down on your left. Parking is on your right. ----- FROM THE SOUTH ----- Take I-39 to US Route 20 (Freeport-5 Rockford Exits). Follow US Route 20 until the third exit, IL 2 (Main St.). Exit and follow Main St. north until you reach Cedar St. Turn left on Cedar St. and go 2 blocks to Court St. The parking ramp will be 1 block to the right. The BMO Harris Bank Center is just east of the parking ramp. ----- FROM THE WEST ----- Follow US Route 20. (Note: Route 20 splits into W. State St. and Route 20; stay on Route 20). Exit from US Route 20 to IL2 (Main St.). Follow Main St. north until you reach Cedar St. Turn left onto Cedar St. and follow 2 blocks. Turn right on Court St. Parking will be on your right. The BMO Harris Bank Center is across the street, east of the parking ramp. ----- FROM THE EAST ----- Take I-90 East to the Business Route 20 (E. State St.) exit. Exit to the right. Merge onto E. State and go about 7 miles through town. Once across the river, turn left at the second light, Church St. The BMO Harris Bank Center is one block down-the orange building on your left. Parking is on your right.