Koudum (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Doopsgezinde Kerk, Koudum.
Source: Reliwiki

Koudum, a village in the Dutch province of Friesland, had two small Mennonite congregations soon after 1600, one of them a Waterlander congregation, which merged in the course of the 17th century, and in 1695 had a combined membership of 80. It was always served by lay preachers. After the departure of its last preacher, Tjalling Tjallingius, in 1803 it was served by the neighboring Molkwerum; but when this pulpit also became vacant about 1813, the few remaining members joined Hindeloopen. In 1867 an independent congregation was again established at Koudum, chiefly through the efforts of Pastor Lodeesen of Hindeloopen, which, since 1870, has had a hall of its own for meetings. The congregation was served by the Hindeloopen  ministers until 1942, and after then by those of Workum. A new room for a meetinghouse was acquired in 1899 and rebuilt in 1903. The membership was 31 in 1900, 36 in 1932, 26 in 1955. Church activities in 1955 included a ladies' circle and Sunday school for children.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1869): 156; (1870): 32-44, 177; (1874): 87; (1890): 137; (1903): 82, 189.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 554.

Reliwiki. "Koudum, Hoofdstraat 57 - Doopsgezinde Vermaning." 31 May 2013. Web. 15 October 2014. http://reliwiki.nl/index.php/Koudum,_Hoofdstraat_57_-_Doopsgezinde_Vermaning.

Additional Information

Congregation: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Koudum

Address: Hoofdstraat 57, 8723 BG Koudum, Netherlands

Telephone: 0514-521705

Church website: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Koudum

Denominational affiliation:

Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit


Map:Doopsgezinde Gemeente Koudum

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Koudum (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 29 Sep 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Koudum_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=145628.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1957). Koudum (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 September 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Koudum_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=145628.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 230. All rights reserved.

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