Originally Answered: Will I be allowed to go to a Kingdom Hall meeting if I'm not a Jehovahs Witness?
We are not overly concerned with terminology - if you prefer the use of the words church or hymn or minister, and you use those in your questions, we will understand what you are referring to. We do not take any offense if you use whatever terms you are familiar with.
Our "ministerial servants" are referred to in some churches as deacons. We understand the usage of both.
Yes, you may be offered a Bible study - but if your project is limited in length and you just want on the spot answers, there is no reason to not say that is the reason for the one time visit. Do not feel obligated to study to get the answers for your interviews.
We have many one time visitors - relatives from out of town, curious neighbors, even officials from the community have visited Kingdom Halls. School mates and workmates have come to various services, whether they be one time services such as weddings or funerals, or any of our weekly services.
Any attendant can direct you to an elder to get more information. He may help you to get others to be interviewed also. Our young ones, should they be asked to be interviewed, of course would have to get the permission of their parents, and it would be reasonable to expect that any questions directed to them would be in the presence of the parent(s). (We are very protective of our kids!)
One thing you might find interesting also is to visit more than one Kingdom Hall. You will see the unity of services and the unity of congregation structure.
Each one of Jehovah's Witnesses has a UNIQUE account of how they came to a better knowledge of the Bible and became one of Jehovah's Witnesses. It is something that we love to share with others.
For some who have been a Witness for decades, their life experiences could FILL a book - fast paced, action filled, and very interesting. We, among ourselves, LOVE to hear the accounts of others, their struggles, their quest for knowledge, and the joy they have obtained by knowing their Creator, Jehovah and his Son, Jesus.
Our sermon on Sunday is typically a half hour in length. And the Bible will be referred to often.
I hope your project goes well, and that what you experience will help you to get to know us a bit better.
Thank you for selecting us as one of the groups that you observe and interview.
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I liked Guy Withagrin's idea, so I will also answer a few questions.
When I was 5 years old, I attended a Kingdom Hall with my 15 year old aunt. She would occasionally give me WT literature to read.
But I was attending the Church of Christ. Then when I was 7, I changed to the Methodist Church because they wanted me to sing in their choir - I came from a family of professional musicians.
At 9, my parents began to study with Jehovah;'s Witnesses from a knock on the door. I began regularly attending, and continued attending even while I was in college. Got out of college, got married, and my husband and I got baptized when I was 21 in 1969.
I have not looked back since then. I have attended meetings VERY regularly since I was 9. I am 66 now. So 57 years.
The Kingdom Hall I attend now I have been attending since it was built in 1997. But before then, I was attending in the same town since we moved there in 1991.
So yes, I converted from a family of Church of Christ ministers and attenders.
And yes, my husband has been an elder since 1974 - 39 years ago. He is from a Baptist background.