Woudsend (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Former Doopsgezinde Kerk, Woudsend, now a restaurant.
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Woudsend, a town in the Dutch province of Friesland, the seat of a Mennonite congregation, which, according to Blaupot ten Cate, was founded in 1600-1620. This congregation was called Waterlander; in the 17th century there was at Woudsend also a small Janjacobsgezinden church, which may have been somewhat older than the Waterlander congregation. Concerning the Janjacobsgezinden, however, there is no further information; this con­gregation may have dissolved by 1630. In 1695 the Waterlander church joined the Mennonite confer­ence of Friesland (FDS), then numbering about 40 baptized members; Arjen Clasen was its preacher from 1682 until 1727. A meetinghouse erected in 1722 had some stained glass windows. It was re­placed by a new church, dedicated 13 February 1859.

The baptism book of the congregation dates from 1682. Until 1819 the congregation was served by untrained and unsalaried preachers, chosen from their own members, of whom Uilke Johannes Stinne, serving 1769-1800, and Foeke Ymes Postma 1800-1819 were the last ones. In 1819 J. Oosterbaan, educated at the Amsterdam seminary, was called to serve in Woudsend (until 1824); he was followed by H. W. Woudstra 1826-1827, J. S. Bakker 1828-1830, G. J. Boetje 1831-1837, J. de Liefde 1837-1839, P. Douwes Dekker 1839-1840, P. Leendertz Wz 1840-1855, J. D. van der Plaats 1856-1883, S. J. Andriessen 1890-1897, J. Koster 1897-1902, K. Vos 1903-1911, H. G. Berg 1912-1915, R. C. de Lange 1915-1919. Since 1920 the pastor of neighbor­ing Balk has also been the pastor of the Woudsend congregation.


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: 164, 188, 248, 306.

De Zondagsbode IV (1890-91):  No. 25.  XXII  (1908-9): Nos. 25-27.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1861): 144 f.; (1895): 12; (1901): 145 f.

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Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, 1829: 53 f.

Reliwiki. "Woudsend, Fermaningsteech 1 - Doopsgezinde Vermaning." 4 August 2013. Web. 13 October 2014. http://reliwiki.nl/index.php/Woudsend,_Fermaningsteech_1_-_Doopsgezinde_Vermaning.

Additional Information

Location: The church was located at Fermaningsteech 1, Woudsend, Netherlands.

Church Membership

Year Members
1695 ca. 40
1761 ca. 30
1838 34
1861 50
1900 50
1958 29


Map:Woudsend (Friesland, Netherlands)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Woudsend (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 15 May 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Woudsend_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=126195.

APA style

Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Woudsend (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 15 May 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Woudsend_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=126195.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 989. All rights reserved.

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