Baarn (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Baarn (pop. 16,434 in 1947, with 200 Mennonites; pop. 24,421 in 2005; coordinates: 52° 13′ 12″ N, 5° 16′ 48″ E), a beautifully located town in the Dutch province of Utrecht, which developed rapidly through the influx of residents of Amsterdam (pop. 7,000 in 1914, nearly 17,000 in 1950). A Mennonite circle (kring) was formed here on 20 January 1909 with about 50 members (increased to 77 by 1915). The chairman of the executive committee of the circle was a member of the church council of the Hilversum congregation in an advisory capacity. Services were held once a month in the hall of the Nut building; first service on 20 June 1909. Catechetical instruction was first given by the Hilversum minister. T. O. Hylkema, then at Amersfoort, was assistant pastor 1931-1936; then J. W. van Stuyvenberg, a retired minister of Amsterdam, 1936-1943. In 1946 J. E. van Brakel was called as pastor, followed by A. J. Meerdink-van den Ban in 1948.
Meanwhile the circle had organized as a congregation (10 January 1921) with a membership of about 100; in 1927 it was 140; and in 1950, 163. A church was built in 1927. The congregation had an active Sunday school as well as organizations for the women, men, and young people. Besides the church services there were regular meetings in the homes. In the neighboring Soest, where a number of Mennonites were living in the 1950s, services were held once a month; this subsidiary also had a Sunday school and a women’s organization.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1908): 206; (1909): 187.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 101.
Address: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Baarn-Soest, Eemnesserweg 63b, 3743 AE, Baarn
Denominational Affiliation: Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 203. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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