Beemster (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)
Beemster, a Mennonite congregation in the Dutch province of North Holland, 15 miles (25 km) north of Amsterdam. This region was once the Beemster Lake, which was reclaimed in 1612. Some Mennonites were among the settlers here; they joined the congregation at Oosthuizen. Nothing is known about the beginning of this congregation; the church book does not begin until 1797. Since about 1787 the congregation has been called Beemster-Oosthuizen. It had a church at an early date in Oosthuizen; in 1785 it also acquired one in the village of Midden Beemster, now the only one in the congregation. The congregation was a member of the Frisian Societeit in North Holland. In the 18th and 19th centuries the congregation was served for more than a century by many preachers from one family: from 1734 to 1840 Klaas, Jan, Jacob Jansz, and Jan Jacobs Hartog. The last named preached here for 44 years. He was succeeded by the first minister from the Amsterdam seminary, P. Douwes Dekker, 1840-1844; after him came J. Sybrändy, 1844-1851; H. A. van Cleeff, 1851-1885; V. Loosjes, 1886-1890; P. A. Vis, 1891-1914; R. Kuipers, 1914-1944; after that Miss A. Leistra. Since 1944 the congregation has been combined with Purmerend. The membership was 36 in 1747; 74 in 1785; 143 in 1819; 200 in 1861; 273 in 1898; 234 in 1927; 190 in 1950. The members in the 1950s lived scattered over all of Beemster and some in Oosthuizen, Avenhorn, Schermerhorn, and in Schermer; they were for the most part farmers. The congregation had a Sunday school for children and a women’s organization.
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Address: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Beemster-Oosthuizen, Middenweg 86, 1462 HE Middenbeemster, Netherlands
Denominational Affiliation: Algemene Doopsgezinde Societeit
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