Gorredijk (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Doopsgezinde Kerk, Gorredijk.
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Interior of the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Gorredijk.
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Gorredijk, a town in the Dutch province of Friesland, seat of a Mennonite congregation, which already before 1700 had united with a congregation at Lippenhuizen, so that they are always referred to as the Gorredijk-Lippenhuizen congregation. The congregation had two meetinghouses, one in Gorredijk, and the other in Lippenhuizen. The latter was in use until September 1947 and was then sold. Gorredijk acquired a new church in 1940, dedicated 7 April.

The origin and early history of the congregation is unknown. Very likely the Mennonite congregation at Gorredijk came into being during the 17th century. The Mennonite settlement at Lippenhuizen may have had its origin in the 16th century. The definite existence of a combined congregation of Gorredijk-Lippenhuizen in 1686 is proved by an entry in the church archives. But there are no records before 1739, with the exception of a few contracts of purchase. From 1739 the records have been preserved, and from 1748 the names of the preachers and members. In July 1711 a number of Swiss Mennonite refugees from the Emmental, Switzerland, a total of 18 persons, with the aid of the Dutch Mennonite Committee for Foreign Needs, were located near Gorredijk, but they did not feel at home here, and in May 1712 they moved to Kampen. But the Swiss Mennonites living here were Amish and the Gorredijk Swiss brethren were Mennonites (Rheydtvolk, i.e., followers of Hans Reist). The latter group in the fall of 1713 immigrated to the Palatinate.

Not all the members lived in Gorredijk; some were scattered over several villages in the southeast of the province of Friesland. The members living in Oosterwolde organized a Mennonite circle (Kring) in 1949.

The last untrained preachers of this congregation were Pieter Ymes, who in 1810 assumed the family name of van der Woude, a farmer at Lippenhuizen, serving 1782-1805, and Dirk Gerbens Visser 1806-1824. The congregation owed much to Eesge Ubeles Veenland and Pieter Ymes Veenland, who were treasurer (1868-1915) and president (1915- ) of the church board respectively. Church activities in the 1950s included a youth group, children's club, ladies' circles.


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Additional Information

Congregation: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Gorredijk-Lippenhuizen

Address: Stationsweg 60, 8401 DS, Gorredijk, Netherlands

Church website: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Gorredijk-Lippenhuizen

Denominational affiliation:

Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit

Doopsgezinde Gemeente Gorredijk-Lippenhuizen Ministers

Minister Years
Pieter Ymes 1782-1805
Dirk Gerbens Visser 1806-1824
J. G. Appeldoorn 1889-1904
J. Koster 1905-1909
C. C. de Maar 1910-1915
G. A. Hulshoff 1916-1927
Miss C. Boerlage 1928-1933
A. F. L. van Dijk 1936-1938
Miss W. C. Jolles 1938-1949
J. G. van der Bend 1951-1956

Doopsgezinde Gemeente Gorredijk-Lippenhuizen Membership

Year Members
1748 110
1838 118
1861 195
1882 210
1900 166
1953 165

Author(s) G. A. Hulshoff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

Cite This Article

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Hulshoff, G. A. and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Gorredijk (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 27 Jul 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gorredijk_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=145271.

APA style

Hulshoff, G. A. and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1956). Gorredijk (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 July 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gorredijk_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=145271.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 543. All rights reserved.

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