Netherlands Church Proves Itself A Good Neighbour

Trinity Church Eindhoven uses a church building that is part of a complex also containing a Fitness Centre, a Sports Centre and a Community Centre. In this community centre they use rooms on Sunday morning for our KidzChurch and teenager ministries.

For many years neighbouring organisations have opened their doors to the public in the local area for information purposes once a year at the beginning of a new season. This year Trinity Church was invited to join in this "Open Day". On Sunday 7 September 2014 Fitness and Sport showed their activities, in the Community Centre all the courses, clubs and activities presented themselves and Trinity opened its doors as part of the social market around the building complex. We invited the people to come and have some coffee or tea with cake; the pictures of our Holiday Bible Camp were a real crowd puller as well as a stand from our Mission and Outreach Team (FOMT) showing how to knit woollen hats for the Mission to Seafarers, one of their longstanding relations. Many people came into the church. Some of them came just to listen to the children’s choir of our Indian cell group or members of the worship team singing; others came in to see how the Anglicans were using their former parish church. Quite a number of our members engaged in many conversations with the guests and we were able to show them a little of our enthusiasm for our Faith and for our Church. An American lady living close by was told that this church was closed, but she never knew that an English Speaking Church had reopened it again. We hope to welcome her back soon!

Jan Waterschoot says "Many guests were astonished about all our activities and especially about the fact that our church counts so many young people and children among its members. They found it hard to believe that about one third of our congregation on Sunday morning is 16 and under, approx. 50 in total! Now they could understand that we really need the extra rooms in the Community Centre every Sunday.

"We are very thankful that we were asked to join this event; it strengthened the relationship with our neighbours and gave us an extra opportunity to reach out into the local community. We hope to see many of them back on Christmas Eve in our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols for which we will invite them again and hopefully have a full church like we did last year."