Here is a very brief overview of our activities. Just to give you an impression. Maybe helpful. Maybe not. But if you want to know more feel free to let us know.
As our community members live relatively far from each other our Sunday morning worship is the focal point for many of them. After worship there is always space to socialize and have a coffee or cup of tea. You’ll find a list of upcoming services right here. On every first Sunday of the month we celebrate the Lord’s supper.
Kids Sunday School
During the Sunday worship the 6-12 years old have their own Sunday School meeting (Dutch: ‘Kinderkerk’). The children stay with their parents for the first 15 minutes of the worship. They actually play an important role, helping to light the candles and singing a special children’s song. No problem if you have younger children. There also is baby care.
The 12-18 years old and 18-25 years old have their own monthly meetings on Friday nights. During these meetings we eat, socialize, have fun, study the bible and think about christian faith.
A new group for 25-40 years old started in 2008. This groups comes together to discuss questions relating to faith, raising children, how to be a christian at work amidst all my non-christian colleagues, et cetera. In 2009-2010 the general focus is on apologetics. We’re using Tim Keller’s ‘The reason for God’ as a handy guide. Presbyterian today, but raised a Lutheran. And, hey, the new generation dislikes denominational boundaries anyway.
Bible study groups
Bible study groups come together at a regular basis. At the moment we have groups in Bloemendaal, Zandvoort and Beverwijk. All smaller municipalities bordering or close to Haarlem.
There also is prayer group. The prayer group meets every two weeks and prays for the needs of our church, city and country. Every year in January the prayer group organises an inter-denominational Evening of Prayer as part of the Dutch Week of Prayer.
The Heritage Days are an annual event in The Netherlands. During those days old buildings, mills, churches, castles and so on, can be freely visited. Our church building in Haarlem is also on the list of national heritage. Every year we organise a different programme and people can get a small guided tour.
African Divine Church
Together with two other congregations in Haarlem we have a partnership with the African Divine Church in Boyani, Kenya. In 2008 a delegation of Kenyan brothers and sisters visited us for two weeks. In 2009 a small delegation from Haarlem paid a return visit to Boyani.
We also regularly have special events like Evening Praize, concerts, sing-ins, presentations from Open Doors (persecuted christians) and other christian organisations.