Beemster (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)

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Doopsgezinde Kerk, Middenbeemster.
Photo by A. J. (Ton) van der Wal, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed.
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Beemster, a Mennonite congregation in the Dutch province of North Holland, 15 miles (25 km) north of Amsterdam. This region was once the Beemster Lake, which was reclaimed in 1612. Some Mennonites were among the settlers here; they joined the congregation at Oosthuizen. Nothing is known about the beginning of this congregation; the church book does not begin until 1797. Since about 1787 the congregation has been called Beemster-Oosthuizen. It had a church at an early date in Oosthuizen; in 1785 it also acquired one in the village of Midden Beemster, now the only one in the congregation. The congregation was a member of the Frisian Societeit in North Holland.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the congregation was served for more than a century by many preachers from one family: from 1734 to 1840 Klaas, Jan, Jacob Jansz, and Jan Jacobs Hartog. The last named preached here for 44 years. He was succeeded by the first minister from the Amsterdam seminary, P. Douwes Dekker, 1840-1844; after him came J. Sybrändy, 1844-1851; H. A. van Cleeff, 1851-1885; V. Loosjes, 1886-1890; P. A. Vis, 1891-1914; R. Kuipers, 1914-1944; after that Miss A. Leistra. Since 1944 the congregation has been combined with Purmerend.

The members in the 1950s lived scattered over all of Beemster and some in Oosthuizen, Avenhorn, Schermerhorn, and in Schermer; they were for the most part farmers. At that time the congregation had a Sunday school for children and a women’s organization.


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Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. II, 2, No. 26.

Reliwiki. "Middenbeemster, Middenweg 87 - Doopsgezinde Vermaning." 14 March 2014. Web. 13 October 2014.,_Middenweg_87_-_Doopsgezinde_Vermaning.

Additional Information

Congregation: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Beemster-Oosthuizen

Address: Middenweg 86, 1462 HE Middenbeemster, Netherlands

Church website: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Beemster-Oosthuizen

Denominational affiliation:

Algemene Doopsgezinde Societeit

Church Membership

Year Members
1747 36
1785 74
1819 143
1861 200
1898 273
1927 234
1950 190


Map:Beemster-Oosthuizen (Middenbeemster, Noord-Holland)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

Cite This Article

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Beemster (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 19 Apr 2024.,_Netherlands)&oldid=144799.

APA style

Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1953). Beemster (Noord-Holland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 April 2024, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=144799.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 262. All rights reserved.

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