Memorial Attendance: "What's Going On?"

by sweet pea 26 Replies latest jw friends

  • sweet pea
    sweet pea

    Spoke to my dad today who attended the Beckenham (London/Kent) congregation's memorial - he said that for the first time the attendance was seriously down - 203 as opposed to last year's 250 and that Penge (congregation that shares the hall) had a similar experience. He said "it's like there's something going on!".

    It's called the Internet Dad.

    Can we have a roll call of numbers from those that attended please? (or if it's been covered already, a link?)

    It will be interesting to compare the official figures once released. Maybe someone can post them here when they become available.

  • garyneal

    It's called the Internet Dad.

    I've noticed a sudden increase in the number of newbies here on this board, too. Though this has already been talked about.

  • BabaYaga


  • Mad Sweeney
    Mad Sweeney

    I only know of a couple in this area (USA). I don't remember last year's numbers but this year's seem to be right around where they have been. If there's an increase or decrease, it's minimal around here.

  • Girlie

    The memorial I attended had an attendance of 253, but that was a decline from the usual attendance they would normally get (300+).

  • Scarred for life
    Scarred for life

    Glad to hear that Memorial attendance may be down and WELCOME ALL NEWBIES!

  • leavingwt

    The attendance was WAY down at my original congregation, too, I'm told.

  • Mickey mouse
    Mickey mouse

    I can tell you that in half a dozen congregations here in the UK where I know what the attendance was, they were all down 10-30% on last year's figure.

    You can find more reports here:

  • Mr Moody
    Mr Moody

    I can't wait to see the total attendance and more interestingly the number of "Memorial Partakers" since that's been on the rise the last few years. Don't we have a mole in the Society that can get that figure for us....

  • shamus100

    Surely the end is near!


    The botchtower, in my view, is an organization that will never go away. But when I see threads like this, I just giggle myself silly.


    Kiss me lurkers... kiss the monkey. I don't bite...

    But seriously, don't go to the memorial. End the melowdrama of the borg having control over your life once and for all.

  • Poztate

    This is the second year that I have not gone. I went for many years to "support my Wife" but decided finally that supporting her in her cult efforts was only validating her position. I hope the WT will continue to suffer losses as people wake up to the real truthâ„¢ about them.

  • Cadellin

    I'm willing to bets that the WT refrains from publishing the number of partakers this year...Any takers?

  • spawn

    We know that the idiots will lie about numbers and say maybe it was a 1% drop from last year. They will massage the figures to suit them so as not to cause a panic.

  • Quandry

    I have no idea about it here in Houston, Texas, as I certainly won't up their numbers by going, and if the numbers are down, hahahahaha!!

  • I quit!
    I quit!

    Next year they should try doing something new to draw them in like offer door prizes.

  • sweet pea
    sweet pea

    @spawn - I don't think massaging the numbers or pretending only a 1pc decrease will fool all the dubs, 50 less people is a noticably significant drop. I just hope it leads to more people researching what's really going on.

    The other piece of news my dad gave me was that the congregation are now responsible for printing their own local propaganda/admin items, ie invites to the meetings, report forms, etc. Cashflow problems he thinks, who knows what others are thinking . . .

  • stillin

    it's the sifting work...

  • sweet pea
    sweet pea

    silly me, of course it is stillin - doh!

  • cattails

    I visited a congregation back East.

    I asked about the numbers and they had 30+

    less than last year. The brother explained that

    they were the second congregation meeting at

    the KH that evening and so a lot of people go

    to the first Memorial held that evening because

    of it being earlier... Funny thing is that the

    attendance at the first meeting I found out

    was less than at the second meeting!

  • dissed

    Okay, let me get this straight, attendence is down in many congregations and yet, no memorial food was left over to take home in doggie bags. uhm.....

    Chicpea - Printing forms? They will explain it as they are going green, to save the trees.

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