As the portable chalkboard sign outside our door puts it—Christ Church is Open for Prayer. Every Wednesday from 3-5pm the building provides peaceful space for individual, socially distanced prayer and warm conversation. Pandemic conditions or not, we have seen a growing stream of curious visitors.

Neighbours have said: ‘It is so nice to see the church open!’ or ‘We have walked by here many times. May we come in for a look?’ or ‘I just moved to Amsterdam. May I see what’s inside?’ Visitors have expressed appreciation for a quiet place to sit, to reflect, to light a candle, to pray.

While some members have felt particularly disconnected without onsite services, they welcome the chance to pray and experience fellowship in this beautiful historic building in central Amsterdam.