As more and more churches become empty, the Mormon community is building a completely new church building in Breda. There will be room for 500 followers in the church. It becomes the largest Mormon church in the Netherlands.
“ I am a happy person”, says Joep Boom at Omroep Brabant. He is a board member of what is officially called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. “Our current church building on the Monseigneur de Vetstraat in Breda has grown out of its jacket. The building can accommodate 130 members and that just doesnt fit anymore.”
The new church building is next to the honorary cemetery for the Poles that fell during the liberation of Breda in 1944. “As a child, I was always fascinated by General Maczek and his men. In addition, I used to be involved in aid actions for Poland together with my father,” he says. “When this piece of land was released, everything fit together. It should have been so, absolutely.”
Living green on the roof
If it is up to the Mormons, the new church becomes an eye-catcher. The house of God is given a modern design with lots of symbolism. Thus, the roof is completely covered with living green. “The design fits in with the serene and sacred environment for us. God has given us nature and we want to honor it”, says Boom.
He also points to the use of strips of Belgian blue stone that converge from the foundation into the tower of the building. Boom: “This symbolizes the rivers Aa of Weerijs and the Mark that originate in Belgium and flow into each other in Breda.”
The board member doesnt want to say anything about the costs. “But its not cheap,” he says. The new building is paid for with sacrifices from the members. They are asked to give 10 percent of their income to the church. The wait is now for the building permit. The municipality of Breda said that it was positive about the initiative, but still has to take a decision. If everything goes according to plan, construction starts in February and the first church service in the new church is more than a year later, in April 2022.
The Mormon Church is said to be one of the fastest growing Christian churches in the world. The Mormon Church has its headquarters in Salt Lake City (USA) and has more than sixteen million followers. There are over 9300 members in the Netherlands.