Kolhorn (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)
Kolhorn is a village in the Dutch province of North Holland. Anabaptism appeared here at a very early date. On 6 or 7 March 1534, during a raid on the Anabaptists, 11 of them from Nieuwe Niedorp were apprehended on the dike near Kolhorn. Leenaert Bouwens baptized 32 persons here in 1563-1565. At that time or soon after there was a Frisian congregation here, forming a unit with that of Barsingerhorn. The (lay) preachers of this congregation were Jacob Jacobsz Teeke (1714-1757), Frans Albertsz Vrijer (1721- ca. 1756) and his son Albert Fransz Vrijer (1741-1755). The preacher Daniel Hovens, who served here 1755-1757, had many difficulties with the Reformed ministers and government officials because he had given catechetical instructions to a Reformed girl. The old meetinghouse was restored in 1759. On 15 September 1788, when nearly the whole village of Kolhorn was destroyed by fire, the meetinghouse also burned down. In 1790 the small congregation, numbering hardly 20 members, erected both a meetinghouse and a parsonage. A large number of preachers served here between 1757 and 1784. In this year Claes Stuurman accepted a call; he was the last preacher of the Frisian congregation of Barsingerhorn and Kolhorn. His dedication sermon of the rebuilt church, 19 December 1790: Leerreden ter inwying van de nieuwgebouwde Doopsgezinde Kerk te Kolhorn, was published at Alkmaar in 1792. In 1826 Stuurman died, and in 1827 the congregation, then numbering 14 members, merged with the Waterlander congregation of Barsingerhorn and Wieringerwaard.
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 216. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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