Dantumawoude (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Doopsgezinde Kerk, Damwoude, 1965.
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Interior of the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Damwoude, 1965.
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Organ in the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Damwoude.
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Dantumawoude (in 1971 amalgamated with Murmerwoude and Akkerwoude to form Damwoude), was a village in the Dutch province of Friesland, the seat of a Mennonite church, located between Dokkum and Veenwouden (coordinates: 53° 17′ 25″ N, 5° 59 30″ E). The time of the origin of the congregation is uncertain. Blaupot ten Cate places the date between 1580 and 1600. Practically nothing is known of its early history. The church records go back only to 1728. In 1767 the present church was erected; it was substantially enlarged in 1910. Until 1812 the congregation was served by lay ministers. The last of these was the well-known Uilke Reitses Dijkstra (1775-1823). Since that time the church has had trained ministers, the first of whom was Jan ter Borg, 1810-1819. At that time a number of members of the Reformed Church were admitted into this congregation without rebaptism

The congregation is a member of Ring Dantumawoude. The membership figures are as follows: 1695, about 150; 1838, 207; 1861, 277; 1898, 275; 1921, 270; 1954, 249: 2006, 63. Ministers during the first half of the 20th century were U. J. Reinders, 1899-1916; F. H. Pasma, 1916-1921; L. Bonga, 1921-1926; J. IJntema, 1926-1931; L. D. G.Knipscheer, 1931-1935; H. H. Gaaikema, 1935-1946; G. Kater, 1946-1951; E. Daalder after 1951. The minister in 2006 was L. D. G. Knipscheer. In the 1950s the congregation had a Sunday school for children, a women's organization, a youth organization, and a club of catechumens, called Menniste Bouwers.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1882): 107.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 389.

Pasma, Franz Hendricks. Onze vermaning 1767-1917 : Gedachtenisrede, uitgesproken 23 Augustus 1917 / door Ds. F.H. Pasma, ... bij gelegenheid der herdenking van het 150-jarig bestaan van het kerkgebouw der gemeente. Bergum : Uitgave van Gebrs. van der Meulen, 1917.

Reliwiki. "Damwâld, Doniawei 34 - Doopsgezinde Kerk." 3 September 2013. Web. 12 October 2014. http://reliwiki.nl/index.php/Damwoude,_(Dantumawoude)_Doniaweg_34_-_Doopsgezinde_Vermaning.

Additional Information

Congregation: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Damwoude

Address: Doniaweg 34, 9104 GM, Damwoude, Netherlands

Telephone: 0511-421817

Church website: Doopsgezinde Gemeente Damwoude

Denominational affiliation:

Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit


Map:Dantumawoude (Friesland, Netherlands)

Author(s) F. H. Pasma
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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Pasma, F. H. and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Dantumawoude (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 23 Mar 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dantumawoude_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=144942.

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Pasma, F. H. and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1955). Dantumawoude (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 March 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dantumawoude_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=144942.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 6. All rights reserved.

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