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Doopsgezinde Kerk, Stiens.
Source: Doopsgezinde Kerken in Friesland

Stiens, a village in the Dutch province of Friesland, formerly the seat of a Mennonite congregation, which also was known as the Stiens and Hijum congregation. In 1635 this congregation numbered about 35 baptized members, most of whom, how­ever, lived at Hijum. These Mennonites of Hijum joined the Hallum congregation in the 18th century or even earlier. Then the Stiens congregation, which always was small and which never had a meetinghouse and no preacher after 1704, died out about 1725. Elder Leenaert Bouwens baptized one person at Stiens about 1552. Since 1 November 1951, there has been a Mennonite circle (Kring) at Stiens, to which 20 Mennonites belong; they hold their meetings every two weeks. The pastors of the neighboring congregations of Oudebildtzijl and Hallum take care of the Stiens circle.

In 1974 the church moved into a building formerly used by a Hervormde Evangelisatie (Reformed Evangelical) congregation when it was constructed in 1924 until 1970. The building was leased for a number of years until it was purchased in 1996.

[edit] Bibliography

Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: 244, note 95.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1912): 82.

Reliwiki. "Stiens, Kakewei 16 - Fermanje." 6 July 2013. Web. 13 October 2014.,_Kakewei_16_-_Fermanje.

[edit] Additional Information

Congregation: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Stiens

Address: Kakewei 16, 9051 BZ Stiens, Netherlands

Church website: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Stiens

Denominational affiliation:

Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published October 2014

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Zijpp, Nanne van der and Richard D. Thiessen. "Stiens (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2014. Web. 28 May 2017.,_Netherlands)&oldid=126194.

APA style

Zijpp, Nanne van der and Richard D. Thiessen. (October 2014). Stiens (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2017, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=126194.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 632. All rights reserved.

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