Around 400 Jehovah’s Witnesses from Huddersfield and the Colne Valley took centre stage at one of the biggest religious events in the UK.

They were among the estimated 7,000 people who flocked to the First Direct Arena this weekend for the Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom! convention which they held to celebrate what they believe to be the 100th year of Jesus’ rule.

Members from Almondbury, Marsh and Salendine Nook were among those who attended to sing their praise for their religion which was one of 15 events that took place simultaneously throughout the UK and part of a series of conventions taking place around the world.

Dalton congregation member Rachel France used her skills as an electrical apprentice to bring light to the crowds while 16-year-old Cara Maguire from Salendine Nook became a new Christian minister.

Jehovah's Witness Rachel France of Kaye Lane, Almondbury
Jehovah's Witness Rachel France of Kaye Lane, Almondbury
 

Speaking about the importance of her faith, she said: “We believe God’s Kingdom was set up in heaven in 1914, so we are now celebrating 100 years of Kingdom rule.

“This anniversary and the international flavour of our convention made this year seem so special. I just wanted to dedicate my life to the doing of God’s will.”

Missionaries from Huddersfield also flew back from around the world to attend the event.

The religious group, which originated in the USA in the late 19th century, are classed as a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination, who count the bible as the true voice of God and only believe in ideas and values that agree with its teachings.

They also argue that our current world is in its end days and will only be saved by Jesus Christ who will establish a heavenly government over earth and will decide who can and cannot claim salvation in a battle between good and evil.

Convention spokesman Martin Woodham said. “The Leeds convention was a thrilling and festive event. We welcomed home many missionaries who originated in Yorkshire that now serve in Malaysia, Ghana, Nigeria and South East Asia.”