International Church The Garden is ANBI registered. From the time of incorporation, 10 September 2019, gifts are therefore tax deductible.
Founded on the 10th of September 2019
International Church The Garden is registered as a denomination
Denomination International Church The Garden is led by a core team of 8 members, with the chairman and secretary registered at the Chamber of Commerce. Due to its independence, the treasurer is not part of the core team and forms an additional function:
E.J. Nooter: Chairman
H.O. Groenesteijn: Secretary
P.J. Meijer: Treasurer
Neither the core team members nor members of the various teams receive a reward or compensation for their work. In the future, limited volunteer allowances are possible if the financial means of the church allow this and only after allocation by the board.
We build a church based on the Bible and on Jesus to bless the world around us; We are a church where everyone is welcome. We reach out to the people around us and, where possible, serve to make a positive contribution to Hilversum and the surrounding area. We bring people together by sharing a meal, helping to bear each other’s burdens, worshipping God, studying the Bible, and helping people grow in their discipleship.
We introduce people to the hopeful message of faith in Jesus Christ. We help them in a practical way through preaching and teaching about various areas of daily life. We provide people in a relevant network of friendly relationships through teams and home groups. We inspire them to look at others in the city and region as well as in the world around us through involvement, practical help and financial support from various charities.
The following components are part of church life:
- Sunday services with a modern welcoming culture and a positive, hopeful message.
- Home groups: small groups that come together to make the word of Sunday practical, to deepen friendships and to stimulate involvement in each other’s lives.
- Training: subjects include: basic course Christian faith, leadership, pastoral care, child education, marriage and preparation for it.
- Youth evenings for different ages: teenagers have their own activities every month. Children’s work during Sunday services.
Policy plan 2019/2020
International Church The Garden is a young congregation, started with Easter 2019. In a short period of time, the congregation has developed with more than 100 regular visitors. We have had a building at our disposal since September 2019. With 13 home groups in which men, women, youth, the elderly and internationals all have their own place, a great solidarity has arisen.
In 2019 and 2020 will be used to build the foundation of the church so the work can expanded in Hilversum and the surrounding area. A lot of attention is paid to the personal and friendly nature of our church, with the sharing of meals in the home groups and church services having an important place. International Church The Garden is a church in which all generations feel at home. There is special attention for the youth, because there is a large group of young people within the church who come together in their own service. In particular, the international community is awarded because of their special position in the Netherlands; from Expat to asylum seeker or foreigner, internationals are often lonely in the Netherlands or have difficulty making the Netherlands their home.
Taking care of each other and the world around is a spearhead, whereby we give special attention to those who need it through care and pastoral teams.
The largest activities are the services at Christmas and Easter respectively. Our teams and many volunteers spend a lot of time and energy to make these services and the municipality as a whole a special success.
For 2021 and beyond, further expansion of the municipality is foreseen, whereby more services are made possible, specifically for Youth meetings and specifically for the international community. In addition, separate Bible studies and evangelistic services will be held. Due to the growth of the church, the possibilities for reaching out to the people in Hilversum and the surrounding area are increasing.
Required finances are raised by voluntary contributions from regular visitors and visitors via bank transfers and collections.
The accounting is assessed annually by the internal independent audit committee, with a report to the church. The accounting is kept by an independent treasurer in a separate and official accounting package linked to the bank account.