ST. GEORGE- After a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jehovah’s Witnesses are returning to the public ministry in person with carts full of free, Bible-based religious literature.
Like other denominations that have begun to resume normal services and activities as the pandemic subsides, Jehovah’s Witnesses resumed in-person meetings at their Kingdom Halls earlier this year. Prior to this, members of the faith met virtually on Zoom and similar online conferencing platforms.
The organization also continues to hold “hybrid” in-person and virtual meetings so those who cannot attend in person can still participate in worship services.
Missionary work has also continued despite the halt to traditional methods of sidewalk ministry and home visitation, with members continuing to contact their neighbors through letters and phone calls, said Jamie Dunjey, gatekeeper. -word of Jehovah’s Witnesses for Utah.
“Now we are excited to move into the next phase, our in-person Crown,” Dunjey said in a press release. “Giving the public the opportunity to approach us with any Bible questions they may have, face to face, is something we have been looking forward to. »
Although Jehovah’s Witnesses have not yet resumed home visitation, they have resumed visiting those who had otherwise invited them to their homes.
“We are sensitive to the risks that our communities and volunteers still face, which is why we will not be resuming door-to-door ministry at this time,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. .
As for the organization’s public mobile cart at the ministry, it has been in the United States since 2011.
Cart locations can be found across St. George at various locations such as St. George Town Square, Sandtown and Vernon Worthen parks. They can also be found at libraries in Santa Clara, Hurricane, and Washington City, as well as visitor centers in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.
They can also be found at locations in Cedar City and Kanab.
According to a Pew Research Center study, nearly 3 in 10 Americans said their faith had grown stronger during the pandemic. Some previous studies have also found an increase in religious observance following a calamity.
According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, faith increased by 3% in the United States in 2021 thanks to the holding of virtual services. The increase is considered the most significant increase in faith in the past decade.
There are an estimated 8.7 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide in 239 countries.
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