Our 375 Year Anniversary!

On the 16th of September we are celebrating our 375 anniversary with an International Lunch.


The  375th Anniversary Service on Sunday 16th September at the usual time of 10.30am. This will be followed by an International Lunch for everyone, at the conclusion of which we’ll have a short Service of Praise in the Church to round off our celebration.


We’re delighted to be able to welcome the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to preach at this service. In addition we’ll have a number of invited guests – including the oldest surviving minister of the Scots Kirk who was minister here from 1963 until 1971.


A warm invitation is extended to everyone – including past members and those who’ve had some connection with us over the years – to come along on 16th September to be part of our celebration of this event in our congregation’s life. May we all take the opportunity to make ourselves known to someone we don’t know and to share our stories about the Scots International Church Rotterdam.



1643 – 2018 : 375 years in Rotterdam


In the early part of the 17th century there were many Scottish merchants in the Netherlands, as well as sailors and soldiers and, increasingly, Protestants fleeing persecution in Scotland.  As Rotterdam gained in importance as a port, so the number of Scots increased and by 1642 they were requesting the city magistrates to be allowed to found a Scottish Congregation in the city.


The magistrates petitioned the States General and after only 5 days they granted the petition and undertook to pay part of the minister’s stipend.  The magistrates were instructed to find a suitable building and eventually secured the use of a warehouse in Wijnstraat.  Meanwhile the Presbytery of Edinburgh had been asked to appoint a minister to the new congregation and in August 1643 the Rev Alexander Petrie preached before the congregation.  On 13th September two Elders and two Deacons were appointed and the Scottish Kirk was formally established.


For most of the following two centuries the Scots Kirk was as much concerned with the education and care of the Scottish community as it was with their worship and spiritual life, establishing both a school and a poor house.  The congregation itself grew enormously and by 1694 exceeded 1,000.  The city magistrates were (as Rev Robert Fleming wrote) “so kind as to pass an act for the building of a new, large and convenient Church from the foundation, on the south end of the street called Schiedam-Dijk, and vulgarly, from the many Scots Inhabitants there, the Scots-Dijk.”  Thus in 1697 the new Scots Kirk on the Vasteland was dedicated and remained the congregation’s home until it was destroyed in the German bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940.


During the War the congregation was much depleted and there was no minister (he having returned to Scotland on the last ship to sail from Hook of Holland).  The Dutch Reformed Church took the Scots Kirk under its wing and, after the War, there was some reluctance on the part of the Church of Scotland to re-establish the Rotterdam congregation but, eventually, it was agreed the Rev Muir Haddow would go and assess the situation.  In fact, he remained for some 7 years and oversaw the building of a new Church on Schiedamse Vest – the building which the congregation still occupies.  In 1996 the congregation changed its name to ‘The Scots International Church Rotterdam’ in order to reflect what had by then become a hugely international community, sharing worship in the Presbyterian tradition and English language.


Today the congregation is part of the International Presbytery of the Church of Scotland – a Presbytery covering some 12 congregations in Europe and 2 beyond.  On 16th September 2018 we will mark our 375 years with a special Anniversary Service at which the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Right Rev Susan Brown, will preach.  But we also look forward to the next chapter in our history!

Open Monuments Day 2018


This year the Scots International Church will officially be on the Open Monuments route!


  • On Friday September 7th the church willbe open for the “Kinder Open Monument Dag”.
  • On Saturday September 8th our church will be open for the regular “Open Monuments Dag”.



Songs of Praise

Songs of Praise

The next Songs of Praise service will be held June 17th 2018 at 19:30 PM.


As you may guess from the title, the main focus of these services will be on singing God’s praise. That praise will be on the hymns that the members of our church have indicated to be their favourites. Services may also include may include hymns that are less well known, and also hymns that have come to us from various parts of the world – reflecting the multi-national face of our church family.

If we have musicians in the congregation who would be willing to get together to play for one or more of these services, we would be delighted to hear from you, as this would increase the diversity of our praise. We are also keen to receive feedback on the hymns we sing  and therefore after each service there will be tea and coffee and a chance to chat.

Prayer Breakfast 2018-06-16

The next Prayer Breakfast will be held Saturday June 16th 2018 from 09:00 to 10:30 in the Church Hall.

North Sea Jazz – Swing, Dine & Dance 2018

Summer Barbeque

We will have our Summer Barbeque on Sunday 8th July 2018!

Please bring your salads and drinks to share. The Social Team of the SICR will take care of the rest.

All are welcome!

Privacy Notice

The Scots International Church Rotterdam (the “Congregation”)

Purpose of this Notice

This Privacy Notice outlines the way in which the Congregation will use personal information provided to us.  Personal information includes any information that identifies you personally, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number.

The Congregation recognizes the importance of your privacy and personal information and we have therefore outlined below how we use, disclose and protect this information. The Congregation is the data controller, because we decide how your data are processed and for what purpose.  Contact details for us are provided below.

How we use information

We use the information you give to us:

  • to administer membership records, including a Membership Roll and a Roll of Adherents;
  • for pastoral care purposes;
  • in relation to participation in Congregational activities ;
  • to provide you with information about news, events, and activities within the Congregation or the wider Church of Scotland;
  • to fulfill contractual or other legal obligations;
  • to manage our employees;
  • to further our charitable aims, for example through fundraising activities;
  • to maintain our accounts and records;
  • if CCTV is in place we have this for the prevention and detection of crime.

Disclosure of information

The Congregation will only share your personal information where this is necessary for the purposes set out above. Information will not be shared with any third party out with the Church of Scotland without your consent unless we are obliged or permitted to do so by law.

Basis for processing personal information

The Congregation processes your information in the course of its legitimate activities, with appropriate safeguards in place, as a not-for-profit body with a religious aim and on the basis that our processing relates solely to members, former members or people who have regular contact with us, and that this information is not disclosed to any third party without your consent.

We also process information where this is necessary for compliance with our legal obligations; where processing is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests and such interests are not overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms; and where you have given consent to the processing of your information for a particular purpose.

Storage and security of personal information

The Congregation will strive to ensure that personal information is accurate and held in a secure and confidential environment.  We will keep your personal information for as long as you are a member or adherent or have regular contact with us or so long as we are obliged to keep it by law or may need it in order to respond to any questions or complaints or to show that we treated you fairly.   We may also keep it for statistical purposes but if so we will only use it for that purpose.  When the information is no longer needed it will be securely destroyed or permanently rendered anonymous.

Getting a copy of your personal information

You can request details of the personal information which the Congregation holds about you by contacting us using the contact details given below.

Inaccuracies and Objections

If you believe that any information the Congregation holds about you is incorrect or incomplete or if you do not wish your personal information to be held or used by us please let us know.  Any information found to be incorrect will be corrected as quickly as possible.

You have the right to object to our use of your personal information, or to ask us to remove or stop using your personal information if there is no need for us to keep it.  There may be legal or other reasons why we need to keep or use your data, but please tell us if you think that we should not be using it.

If we are processing your data on the basis of your explicit consent, you can withdraw your consent at any time.  Please contact us if you want to do so.

Contact us

You can contact us by getting in touch with the Consistory Clerk, Bob Hensen at the Church Office, Schiedamsesingel 6, 3012 BH Rotterdam, Tel: 010 412 4779 or by email at info@scotsintchurch.com

Annual World Day of Prayer Service

The annual World Day of Prayer will be held in the Scots International Church Rotterdam on Friday 2nd March at 10:30 AM. Its theme is “All God’s creation is very good!” and it has been written by women in Suriname.

AGM Meeting

Our AGM – Annual General Meeting reviewing 2017 is scheduled on Sunday 4th March, almost immediately after the Service. The meeting will include consideration of the new Consitution for the congregation. All Teams, Groups and projects are requested to send a brief, half A4, report to the Consitory Clerk before 15th February.

Services over Christmas

As Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, our service on 24th December will mark both the 4th Sunday in Advent and Christmas Eve, and there will be no Christmas Eve evening service.
Our brothers and sisters from Hope International Baptist Church will be joining us for this service.
On Christmas Day we will gather for a Christmas family celebration at 10.30am.


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