Over 400 people of all ages, races and national backgrounds were baptised by complete immersion in the waters of Ruislip Lido, Middlesex, U.
Over 400 people of all ages, races and national backgrounds were baptised by complete immersion in the waters of Ruislip Lido, Middlesex, U.K. Saturday Aug 1.
By this ceremony, performed before the eyes of several hundred onlookers, Jehovah's Witnesses claim they became the largest body of ministers in the world. By a judgment of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1953, the act of baptism is a legal ceremony of ordination.
In 1958, throughout the whole world 62,666 such ministers were thus ordained.
The baptismal ceremony is part of the Jehovah's Witnesses' Annual Convention at Wembley Empire Pool and Stadium, but as Ruislip Lido is some few miles away it was necessary to provide a service of buses to take candidates for baptism there after a service of dedication at Wembley.
The society of ministers known as Jehovah's Witnesses had its modern beginning about 1978, and now has 85 branches working in 175 different lands., over 20,000 adherents will have attended the Convention by the time it closes on Sunday, Aug.2.