For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Grace Church Bike Ride

Last April, no church ride took place due to Derek’s operation, but now his shoulder is healing, he is keen to take off into the Groninger Ommelanden (‘surroundings’, a term the Groningers use to describe the province), to explore and find out more about the churches that have stood in this landscape for centuries.

This months church ride will take us North, to see two or three very different churches: the little church of Harkema, which was completed only in 1998, but built in Romance style, and the early 13th Century church of Farmsum, which is the real deal. At the church of Harkema, there is a coffeehouse, where we could take a short break.

The third church would be a visit to the now Dutch Reformed Church building in Aduard, which is one of the last standing buildings of the monastery of Aduard and which was used as a hospital. This church can only be seen in combination with a tour of the Aduard cloister museum, which will cost €4 per person. We would only book it if a majority of the group is interested to go, so please let us know.

For those of you who would like to come but have no bike: according to one of our last time cyclists, there is an opportunity to rent a decent bike at a nearby bicycle parking. The pace of our ride will be comfortable: don’t worry, it’s no race.

Please let us know if you wish to join us, and if you are interested in visiting the Aduard museum.
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