AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Nearly 6,000 people have gathered at the University of Massachusetts campus for the annual convention of Jehovah's witnesses.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports ( ) that members of Jehovah's Witnesses congregations from across the Northeast came to Amherst this weekend. They participated in a three-day program that included sermons, songs and prayer.

Each session was free and open to the public.

It was one of five such gatherings that began July 4 and are scheduled each weekend through Aug. 3.

George Chappell, a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses congregation in Vernon, Connecticut, said Jehovah's Witnesses has nearly 8 million members worldwide,.


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.),