At a special dedication service, Adventist Church leaders, pastors, contractors, and friends enjoyed the hospitality shown by the congregation of The Hague. Beautiful music, an outstanding video presentation about the building, and several speeches enriched the service. Past president of the Adventist Church in the Netherlands Reinder Bruinsma recounted the adventures of selling the old building and acquiring a suitable new building. Duco Kerssen, pastor of the Hague church received the church key from Gerard Frenk, Secretary of NUC, who urged him to open the door of the church as often and as wide as possible.
Thanks to the dedication of volunteers in this church, under the guidance of Piet Gude, chair of the committee for real estate of the Netherlands Union Conference, this unique building project became a success. The new church building has a seating capacity of well over 700, and the church hall can be divided into three smaller halls, with seating capacities of more than 200 each. This is practical, since The Hague Adventist Church usually runs two services simultaneously—in Dutch and English.
The congregation in The Hague knows all too well that although the physical construction is completed, the real work of building has only just begun. Building up the community of believers and providing a hospitable and loving safe haven in society is a continuous effort that the Hague church fully embraces.
—Reported by Trans-European Division Communication.