Ok, just to beat this topic to death, I think the real reason for the Book Study amalgamation is actually the name change to Congregation Bible Study.
There's got to be a gazillion Catholic, Protestant, Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist, United etc. churches that have Alpha courses and Bible study nights. And some light bulb has gone off in Brooklyn so that the so-called Governing Body has finally caught on that they are the only religion without an actual 'Bible' study meeting. There is the Watchtower study, the Theocraptic Misery school, the Serve Us meeting, but nothing actually called a 'Bible' study. With the amalgamation slated to take effect in 2009, they will probably qualify for some government handout to any religion promoting 'Bible' anything - whether that be education or whatever...but without any meeting actually called 'Bible' something, they would be hard-pressed to qualify for any of the cash. Gas, my ass!