Church group resumes in-person gatherings

Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in their assembly hall in Metro Manila. (FILE PHOTO)

A religious group, which has supporters in the Philippines, announced it resumed in-person gatherings in April following a continued decline in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)

Jehovah’s Witnesses suspended face-to-face meetings on March 15, 2020 due to the pandemic, but ministered through letters, phone calls and online in 3,500 congregations across the country.

James Morales, national spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, said they appreciate many people joining their virtual meetings in search of “comfort and hope” and are now looking forward to meeting in person those who attended their virtual sessions.

“While we have thrived in many ways as individuals and congregations using technology to come together, nothing can adequately replace being together in person. We have been waiting for this moment for almost two years.” said Morals.

The return to in-person meetings has also been scheduled to celebrate two global events at 120,000 Kingdom Halls around the world. The first conference took place on April 10 and was entitled “Where can you find real hope?”. The second is the annual commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ on April 15 which will be held face-to-face.

Sara H. Byrd