Who we are

Vision and mission statement

Our vision and mission are expressions of our identity as a community, they are the foundations of our work. 

Vision: The first epistle of John, the 4th chapter, the 12th verse:

"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us ans his love is made complete in us."

Mission:
We will search for God in each other, in the city and in ourselves.
We would like to do so with others, inspired and challenged by the stories about Jesus of Nazareth.
We wish to form a loving community with all who come on our path.
We are not an institution, but wish to remain fluid, in community with the quest of the first christians.

A little bit of history

A couple of years ago, only two tiny protestant congregations were active in our part of the city. With
the demise of these congregations, we were faced with the challenge of finding new forms of presence
in faith in this part of Amsterdam.

In march 2009, the Protestant Church of Amsterdam appointed the revd. Margrietha Reinders to explore the neighbourhood. She rose to the challenge. Armed with her bicycle and a map of the city,
she journeyed throughout the neighbourhood. In this way she met many new people.

Margrietha made a thorough investigation of the neighbourhood and its inhabitants. After a year, in march 2010, she started holding consultation hour for people from the neighbourhood. Soon after, other projects were initiated. “De Zoekende Ziel” (The wandering spirit), started in May 2010. It is a discussion group that meets in a café, where we read a short text, and share our thoughts and feelings about it. “Heilig Vuur”(Holy fire), a series of monthly experimental church services, started in september of that year. Later, cinema café “Het Visioen” (the vision), women’s group “Bakkie Troost” (cup of consolation: Dutch idiom for coffee) and meditation group “Gebed zonder end” (unending prayer) were added. These activities take place in various locations spread out through the neighbourhood.

Since we started our activities in 2010, ever increasing numbers of people have found their way to the
activivities of Heilig Vuur West. This is an occasion for great joy for us. We hope our activities
help to create community in our neighbourhood.