The Churcharound 1723

Laurenstjerke Donkerbroek
Nederlands hervormde kerk donkerbroek01.jpg
The Church taken from the G.W. Smitweg
religion Christianity
denomination Protestantism,Calvinism,Dutch Reformed Church
founded date 1701
seniorpastor Reverend K. de Graaf
address Geert Wolter Smitweg 5 , Donkerbroek
Service times Sunday 9:30am once in the two weeks (the other week at 9:30 am Protestant Church Haule)
Key individuals Emeritus Reverend H. Rietman
Elder B.Jansma
The Netherlands

The Laurenstjerke is a Dutch protestant church located in Donkerbroek, The Netherlands. Since 19xx the Laurenstjerke has formed a congregation with the dutch reformed church in Haule. The church community is affiliated with the Dutch Protestant Churches (PKN), which belongs within the Protestant tradition of Christianity. The church's beliefs were originally calvinistic.

There is no exact date of the Origin of the church. We do know that at least one church was present in 1502. One of the bells of the bell tower bears the inscription:

"Anno Domini MCCCCCII Laus Deo Jhesus Mary Johannis. Wou fudere Borch cs Johannes Gerhardus Clean."

From scriptures there is knowledge that it was a Roman Catholic church dedicated to St. Lawrence (St. Laurentius in dutch and St Laurens in Frisian).

In the 16th Century the protestants have rebuilded the church. After the reformation the church was united with the church in Oosterwolde.

On July 13, 1700 marked the end of the band. It was decided that Donkerbroek and Haule would unite into one church.

After the restoration in 2007-2008 the church has decided to use the original name St.Laurentius again. But there were already so many churches name St.Laurentius. As answer on this the congregation has decided to translate in frisian[1]: de Laurentsjerke.

Belfry History

This is a wooden bell tower. It contains two clocks, namely a large bell from 1520 and a little bell probably from the 14th century.

Klokkenstoel Donkerbroek01:28

Klokkenstoel Donkerbroek

The Laurenstjerke with the Belfry

There is an incription on the big bell: JHESUS MARIA JOHANNES WOU FUDERE GHERARDUS SCHIIENBORCH QZ JOHANNES ANNO DOMINI M CCCCC XX LAUS DEO The little bell has no inscription.



The Reformed Church in 1714 built with energy conservation foundations of older church pulpit, and doophek. The organ, made in 1723 for the Catholic Church Jutphaas. In 1879 transferred to Donkerbroek. Given the inscriptions on the pipes, the organ by M. Verhofstadt (in collaboration with one another?) Made. Double bell tower with two bells peal, one of G. of Wou and J. Fine Borch, 1520, diam. 111.4 cm. and an anonymous watering from the 14th century, diam. 89.3 cm.


Ds. K de Graaf preaching


Elder B. Jansma is giving the bible to rev. Graaf


Donkerbroek is a village consisting of about 1900 inhabitants in the municipality of Ooststellingwerf in the east of Friesland in the Netherlands.



notes and references

  1. Frisian is the second language in the Netherlands and and is spoken in the province Friesland

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  • We got permission with posting the video with the baptize service from Friso Yoyon Schaap. Owner of the video and father

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