Confirmation service Maarten Blom 8 September

Maarten Blom will officially start with us as pastor after the summer vacation. The confirmation service is scheduled for 8 September. Maarten will introduce himself in the next Newsletter. We are grateful to God for Maarten and his family and we look forward to having a good time together.

Everyone is welcome from 13:30. The service will start at 14:00. See you then!

New pastor: Maarten Blom

Gouda – On Thursday 28 March a joint meeting decided to appoint Maarten Blom as the new pastor for the ICF Gouda. After an encouraging process, the leadership team is grateful that Maarten can start as a pastor in September.

Nomination

The General Church Council of the Protestant church of Gouda and the Leadership Team of the ICF have taken over the unanimous nomination of the selection committee. Maarten Blom has thus been appointed as the new pastor for the international community in Gouda. The activities for the GZB will be completed by Maarten in the coming months so that he can start on 1 September.

Process

After the goodbye to the previous pastor, the procedure was started by drawing up a profile and a vacancy. The ICF was surprised by the many responses and good candidates with whom wonderfull meetings were held. Ultimately, the selection committee unanimously decided to nominate Maarten.

Albania

In the last years, Maarten, together with his wife Gerdien and their children, have lived and worked in Albania as a church planter on behalf of the GZB. They look forward to being part of the ICF community as a family and building the community together.

Say goodbye to Betty Langeler

MOVIE NIGHT – The Shack

Have a blessed Christmas

Vacancy ‘Pastor ICF-Gouda’

Since our much appreciated pastor is leaving us, we are looking for :

A Pastor for the ICF-Gouda (0.72 fte)

We are:

A Christian community open to all cultures and languages. Our international church believes that diversity is a gift from God through which we discover God’s own multifacetedness. It is our desire to be a community whose focal point is Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, based on God’s grace as a driving force for relationships and our personal lives. We also wish to make God’s desire for peace in this world visible and offer a hospitable place in a broken world.

The International Christian Fellowship in Gouda grew out of an international Alpha course, which took place in 2008, into a pioneering congregation within the PKN church in Gouda (Protestantse Kerk in Nederland). As a small, hospitable congregation we hope to discover what the next step for our community will be.

We are looking for:

A pastor who in dependence on God wishes to offer leadership to the ICF in Gouda, in collaboration with its Leadership Team and full involvement of the congregation.

A devoted follower of Jesus Christ with a passion for sharing the Good News with others.

A leader who, with confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit, shows openness to a diversity of traditions and loves to be part of the worldwide church.

A preacher who:

  • Is well-educated in theology at an advanced or academic level
  • Has a good command of the English and Dutch language
  • Is familiar with cultural diversity and church traditions

A pastor with experience in:

  • Serving and living in an international context and connected with an international church community
  • Handling brokenness in the lives of people with a desire to to be present with them
  • Giving biblical education and training to people of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

A warm personality with an open and welcoming attitude towards people,an inspiring and impassioned leader with a focus on relationships and community, good interaction with different age groups, and a person who embraces diversity out of conviction and knows how to enjoy it.

We expect the future pastor to be willing to live in Gouda or its surroundings in order to be well connected with ICF-Gouda and actively participate in church life within the PKN Gouda.

As pastor of ICF-Gouda you will carry out the following tasks:

  • Provide leadership to ICF-Gouda
  • Encourage people’s growth in faith through services, community groups and other activities
  • Be involved in the lives of members through pastoral care and diaconal ministry
  • Coordinate and maintain an overview of all ministries and activities
  • Provide coaching in relation to consolidation and development after a time of pioneering
  • Stimulate vision formation on, and concretisation of the missionary task

We offer:

A fascinating and instructive position as pastor of a warm and involved community, where all age groups are seen, and everyone can participate. We offer a one year contract, of 26 hours a week, with the intention of extension for an indefinite period. Remuneration is in line with employment conditions of the PKN church and is dependent on the applicants’ level of education and depth of experience.

Contact:

We look forward to learning about your motivation towards serving our congregation and are eager to receive your application letter, which should include a CV as well as a link to a meditation or sermon you have given. You can mail this before 12 January to vacature@icf-gouda.com.

For more information we would like to refer you to our website: www.icf-gouda.com.

If you wish to receive a profile text or contact someone please feel free to email Wout Schonewille at wout.schonewille@icf-gouda.com.

You can download here the vacancy text

Christingle service

On sunday December 23th we celebrate christmas together. The children workers have prepared a special service. A beautifull version of Christingle, wich is a old tradition from the United Kingdom. In this service the central topic is the Light. True symbols, story’s, songs and prayers we celebrate the coming of the Christ as a child. […]

25 November – Children’s theatre Simon en Zo

Finally! On the 25th November it’s time for the annual children’s performance in the ICF Gouda.

This year Simon en Zo will be performing. The parable of the seed and the sower will be played together with the children.

Admission free, offertory during the service.

Service starts, as usually, at 14:00.

Picnic Reeuwijkse Plassen

On Saturday 1 September, the praise & worship team organizes a picnic for the entire ICF. Friends and family are also welcome.
You are welcome from 16.00 on the lawn next to the surf school. Address for TomTom: Reeuwijksehoutwal 4, Reeuwijk.

We do it pot luck style: we share what everyone takes with them.
Take a rug or chair to sit on and something to eat and drink to share.
For example, if you have a frisbee or badminton set or a guitar, take it with you.

 

Harvest market

On 15 September the ICF (International Christian Fellowship) organizes a harvest market in the ‘Ontmoetingskerk’ (Dunantsingel 314).  Apples and pears from Dutch soil are offered for a reasonable price. There are also tasty tomatoes, onions, pumpkins and cucumbers to obtain. With the proceeds, the ICF wants to support a fruit-growing project in Central Asia. Two of our congregation members work with local people on ‘Together for Fruit’.

During this small-scale and cozy market (11.00-15.00) there is also a varied program with international character. You will find a gift booth, a coffee shop lunch corner, activities for young and old, music and a beauty corner.