De Knipe (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Doopsgezinde Kerk, De Knipe.
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Interior of the Doopsgezinde Kerk, De Knipe.
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De Knipe (Knijpe) was a village in the Dutch province of Friesland, about five miles (eight km) from Heerenveen (coordinates: 52° 58′ 7″ N, 5° 58′ 16″ E). Mennonites living at Knijpe often belonged to the congregation which had its meetinghouses at Heerenveen. Mennonites were found at Knijpe by the 17th century. The history of Mennonites and their congregations in Knijpe is very complicated. In the 18th century there was a Frisian congregation at Knijpe, which had a meetinghouse at Bovenknijpe. This congregation merged with the Waterlander congregation of Heerenveen-Knijpe in 1741.

In 1780 this united church was divided into two independent congregations: (a) Heerenveen, (b) Bovenknijpe, both still existing in 1957.

In Knijpe there was also a Groningen Old Flemish congregation, sometimes called Heerenveen-Knijpe, Knijpe-Mildam, Nieuw-Brongerga, or Mildam. In 1710 the membership stood at about 30, in 1733 at 68, in 1754 at 22. After merging with the Mildam congregation the baptized membership numbered 60 in 1767. The preachers were Jan Jochems, mentioned in 1681, Jeyp Annes in 1683, Age Jouckes until 1687, Sjoerd Annes mentioned in 1685, Reitse Cobes (Koops) serving 1720-1768, Jacob Sikkes chosen 1731, banned 1749, Anne Johannes serving 1769-1783(?), Jan Tjerks Vermanje 1784-1805. The congregation died out in 1805.

See also Heerenveen, Bovenknijpe, and Mildam


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: See Index.

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Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1840): 43.

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Additional Information

Congregation: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Bovenknijpe

Address: Ds. Veenweg 61, 8456 HK, De Knipe, Netherlands

Church website: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Bovenknijpe

Denominational affiliation:

Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit


Map:Knijpe (Friesland, Netherlands)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "De Knipe (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 21 Oct 2021.,_Netherlands)&oldid=145172.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1957). De Knipe (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2021, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=145172.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 208. All rights reserved.

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