Venhuizen (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)

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Venhuizen, a small village between Hoorn and Enkhuizen (coordinates: 52° 39' 47" N, 5° 12' 39" E) in the Dutch province of North Holland, formerly the seat of a Mennonite congregation. Elder Leenaert Bouwens baptized five per­sons here in 1551-54. Probably a congregation was founded soon after, which existed at least in 1567, then belonging to the Old Frisian branch. About this congregation, always small in membership, there is only scant information. It was served by untrained preachers chosen from the membership. In the early 18th century the preachers of Enk­huizen usually served at Venhuizen, but from 1740 it again had a preacher of its own, Klaas Jansz Bakker serving from 1740, and Arent Pietersz Fijn 1775-ca.1810.

In the Naamlijst of 1829 this congregation is no longer listed, though it still existed, for its last mem­ber did not die until 1848; thereupon the meeting­ house was sold for 493 Dutch guilders and its property, about 6400 guilders, passed to the Rijper Sociëteit.


De Zondagsbode XLVI (1932-33): Nos. 3-5, 11.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1943) 44,45.

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: I, Nos. 411, 1180.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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