The Old Church (Oude Kerk), Oosterbeek
In a picturesque location bordering the flood plains of the river Nederrijn in Oosterbeek you will find one of the oldest churches in the Netherlands. It is a monument of architectural interest and also, because it played an important part during the Battle of Arnhem in 1944, a place of pilgrimage for the veterans of Operation Market Garden and their descendants.
Because of its serenity and its beautiful location the church is very popular as a wedding venue. The surrounding area, especially the Veluwezoom, offers many opportunities for wedding parties.
The church’s acoustics are really good, which makes it an ideal venue for concerts. An organ and a grand piano are at your disposal. Since the renovation in 2014 the church has wheelchair access. Church and vestry can be hired for lectures, presentations, book launches, and business meetings.
There is ample parking space nearby and a bus stop almost in front of the church.
Local Anglican minister available
Your trip to Oosterbeek and the surrounding area possibly has to do with the Battle of Arnhem, maybe even in relation to your own family history. The visit therefore may evoke all sorts of emotions and questions. If you think it might be helpful, it is possible to conclude your visit or guided tour with a short prayer service in the Anglican tradition – the tradition that many of the young men that lost their lives here would have been familiar with.
If you would appreciate to have such a service offered to your group, there is a local Anglican minister available. The Revd Dorienke de Vries is assistant curate of the Anglican Chaplaincy Arnhem/Nijmegen. She was ordained deacon in September 2020, and priested on the 3rd of July 2021. She is happy to offer services of Morning or Evening Prayer, Prayer during the Day, or commemoration services, either in the Old Church or at the cemetery. She is also available for individual pastoral care.
Dorienke de Vries