Holwerd (Friesland, Netherlands)
Holwerd, Dutch province of Friesland, is the seat of the congregation of Holwerd-Blija, formerly called Holwerd, de Vischbuurt, and Blija; de Vischbuurt in 1850 became the independent congregation of Ternaard. Until 1935 church services were also held in Blija, but now only in Holwerd. Holwerd is a town of about 2,000 inhabitants. Its Mennonite congregation must have been established about 1563; Leenaert Bouwens baptized a total of 234 persons here (67 in 1563-1565; 167 in 1568-1582). Of the history of this congregation not much is known. A meetinghouse was built in 1629 (this old meetinghouse was still in use in 1930 as a non-Mennonite kindergarten); the membership then numbered about 180; 241 in 1861, 260 in 1900, only 85 in 1954. A new meetinghouse was built in 1850, rebuilt in 1927. An organ was installed in 1906.
Holwerd was one of the first rural congregations to call a minister trained at the Amsterdam Seminary, viz., Pieter Feenstra, who served here 1792-1797. Since this time the congregation has always been served by a trained minister. Ministers over several decades were A. H. van Drooge 1897-1901, H. C. Barthel 1902-1913, G. A. Hulshoff 1913-1916, W. Hilverda 1916-1950, A. J. van der Linden 1950-1954.
Church activities in 1954 included a ladies' circle after 1920; Sunday school for children after 1902; youth group, Menniste Bouwers group.
See English-language summary on congregation's website
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 795. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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MLA style: Hilverda, W. and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Holwerd (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1954. Web. 25 May 2013. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/holwerd_friesland_netherlands.
APA style: Hilverda, W. and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1954). Holwerd (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 May 2013, from http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/holwerd_friesland_netherlands.