Friends of the Pilgrimfathers’ Church

Friends of the Pilgrimfathers' Church

Foundation Friends of the Pilgrimfathers’ Church at Rotterdam-Delfshaven (Stichting Vrienden van de Oude of Pelgrimvaderskerk te Rotterdam-Delfshaven)

This foundation was established in 1993 in order to support the church in the broadest sense of the word. Preserving the church building as a monument and its development as a cultural and ecclesiastical centre in Delfshaven are its main aim. The foundation closely cooperates with the local committee which acts on behalf of the foundation that maintains the building and oversees its use, the “Stichting Oude Hollandse Kerken”.

Support by preserving, maintaining and modernising the interior of the church, as well as assisting with fundraising are emphasised.
Restoration of both the church organ and church building was assisted both by finding sponsors and by paying from funds raised by the “Friends”, who also aided in enabling purchases for the church interior.

Mounting the Pilgrim Presentation, the permanent exhibition about the Pilgrim Fathers, was subsidised by the Friends, as well as the refurnishing of the Study Room and the renovation of the Klockhuys.

For financial support to continue our efforts we are very much indebted to our Friends. We would benefit greatly from gaining as many Friends as possible, not only because it means we can do more, but also because it creates a much needed and appreciated, diverse group of people who feel connected to the church in many different ways.

Please consider becoming a Friend

Send an e-mail, with your name, address and telephone number to:

For the annual fee of € 25 (minimum) we will keep you informed of what is happening in the church and the foundation, and you will be invited to the events that are being organised with help from the Friends.

Contact data

Stichting Vrienden van de Oude of Pelgrimvaderskerk (Foundation of Friends)
c/o P. O. Box 54562
3008 KB Rotterdam

Name: Stichting Vrienden van de Oude of Pelgrimvaderskerk
established 23 August 1994; ANBI-foundations since 2008
Fiscal number: 8032.80.968


B.C. Fock, chair
E.J.H. Bouwens, treasurer
S.W.A. Lak
(vacant), secretary
J.M. Vervat
S.B. de Vries


Remuneration of the Board
This is a voluntary service, the board is not paid in any way.


The foundation’s main objective is to support the Pilgrimfathers’ Church of Rotterdam-Delfshaven in the broadest sense of the word.

Record of activities

The foundation invites all Friends to an annual concert held at the Pilgrimfathers’ Church.

In 2014 this concert was held on the 29th of November, and as in previous years, tickets were made available for a concert by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings.

Several times each year a newsletter is circulated, and, separately, Friends receive a list of activities.

The latest newsletter is dated May 2014. It mentions developments within the church and the necessity to explore independence from the Stichting Oude Hollandse Kerken (owners of the building). Mr R. Van Weerden, who had been acting Treasurer as well as Secretary of the Board, stepped down as of October 1, 2014. Mr E. Bouwens was appointed the new Treasurer.

Financial overview 2014 (all amounts in Euros)

Regular income/donations 2,968.40
Extra donations 1,600.00
Legacy 5,000.00
Interest 90.17
Total 9,658.57
Expenses for the Foundation
Banking fees 47.80
Total expenditure Foundation:  47.80

Other Expenses:
Concert for Friends (financial contributors) in 2013: 646.00
Total other expenses 648.00
Total expenditure  695.80
Balance end 2014 8,962.77
Costs to be paid over 2014, among others:
Concert for Friends in 2014 approx. 700.00
Administrative expenses 2013 and 2014 approx. 500,00