UP to 7,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses are planning to raise the roof of the stadium:MK with prayers for Judgement Day to arrive before the start of the football season.
But players and fans can rest assured – for their prayers do not “exactly” mean the world will end, say organisers.
The theme of the three-day convention, to begin on July 22, is Let God’s Kingdom Come.
This line from the standard Lord’s Prayer is the basis of the entire religion.
“Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the answer to that prayer will bring significant changes to the earth and mankind,” said spokesman Mark Williams.
“When God’s Kingdom comes the good things will remain but all the badness and rotten causes will be removed.
“It does not exactly mean that the world will end.”
As well as praying for Judgement Day, some Witnesses will be seizing the chance to get baptized into their faith during the weekend.
“We have arranged to use a swimming pool nearby for total immersion,” said Mark.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses will come to the stadium:mk from all over Bucks, Beds and Herts.
Such conventions happen every year but this is the first time the religion has chosen to use the football stadium, which will host its first match of the season two weeks later.
The Witnesses will come from all over Bucks, Beds and Herts.
They will include the eight congregations from Milton Keynes, whose members will help “prepare” the stadium, said Mark.
“The Milton Keynes congregation will go to the stadium and clean it in advance of everyone arriving. It’s probably clean already but we like it to be especially clean.”
In true Jehovah’s Witness style, members will be distributing leaflets and asking members of the public to join them at the convention.
“There is no admission fee,” said Mark.