Zijpe (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)
Zijpe, a polder in the northern part of the Dutch province of North Holland, reclaimed in 1553, but afterwards often struck by floods, and practically uninhabitable before 1623. Soon after this there were four Mennonite congregations on this polder: (a) Nieuwe-Zijp, or Wieringerwaard; (b) Oude-Zijp near Petten, also called Zuid-Zijpe, or de Mennistenbuurt; (c) Oudesluis, or Noord-Zijpe, and (d) on the Ruigeweg, or Schagerbrug. The (a) Nieuwe-Zijp congregation merged with Barsingerhorn before 1660. (b) Oude-Zijp was a Flemish congregation, which was represented at the Flemish conference at Haarlem in 1649 by Pieter Cornelis and Jochem Gillis. Later it belonged to the Zonist conference. This congregation had a meetinghouse at de Mennistenbuurt, which was used until 1869, when a church was built at Burgervlotbrug. In 1840 it numbered 88 baptized members and 78 in 1861. It was served by untrained preachers until 1837, the last of whom was Simon Grin 1785-d.l837. The first minister educated at the Amsterdam seminary to serve here was G. Vissering 1837-42, followed by J. Koning 1844-d.48, Taco Kuiper 1849-50, K. O. Feickens 1850-57, S. J. Andriessen 1857-65, J. P. van der Vegte 1866-68, and J. Bakker 1868-73. After the pulpit had been vacant for five years, it was resolved to merge with the (c) Oudesluis congregation.
The (c) Oudesluis congregation, as well as the (d) Ruigeweg (Schagerbrug) church, which had merged into the Noord-Zijpe congregation before 1647, was Waterlander. It had a meetinghouse at Oudesluis (there was possibly also a meetinghouse on the Ruigeweg near Schagerbrug). The membership of this congregation numbered 77 in 1835 and 99 in 1861. It was served by lay preachers until 1829. The first trained minister of Noord-Zijpe was H. G. Coster, serving 1831-36, followed by J. Bodisco 1837-40, H. C. Dronrijp Uges 1843-47, M. van Geuns 1847-50, A. K. Hovens Greve 1850-51, A. S. Hoitsema 1851-53, and H. U. H. Bouman 1854-78.
The union of (b) Oude-Zijp (Mennistenbuurt) and (c) Oudesluis (Noordzijpe) came about in 1878; then it was resolved to call the united body the Zijpe congregation, to use the two meeting houses in Oudesluis and the one in Burgervlotbrug, to abandon the parsonages of Oudesluis and Mennistenbuurt, and to buy a house at Schagerbrug in the center of the congregation to be used as a parsonage. The Oudesluis meetinghouse was remodeled in 1906. Pastors of the Zijpe congregation were: K. Gorter 1879-84, H. van Calcar 1886-1903, C. Vis Jz 1906-9, L. G. Holtz 1909-14, M. Huizinga Jr 1914-18, and B. van der Goot 1919-24. The pulpit being vacant then, an arrangement was made with the neighboring church of Barsingerhorn that the pastor of this congregation should also take charge of Zijpe. Noord-en Zuid-Zijpe together numbered c180 baptized members at the merger of 1878, 157 in 1900, 108 in 1926, and only 40 in 1958. There is a ladies' circle.
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