Continuous church service in Bethel

Continuous church service in Bethel

Having started on October 26 1.30 pm, a continuous church service is in progress in The Hague, in church community centre Bethel, for the Armenian Tamrazyan family. The Tamrazyan family has lived in the Netherlands for almost nine years and is risking expulsion from the country. An appeal to the Child Amnesty Arrangement was rejected. The Protestant Church of The Hague respects court orders, but finds itself confronted with a dilemma: the choice between respecting the government and protecting the rights of a child.

The purpose of the Church Asylum is to create rest and safety for the family and to offer some respite to the family during which we invite politicians to discuss with us the family’s fate and the effects of the Child Amnesty Arrangement.

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Information for press
Click here for information in English
Press officer: Florine Kuethe, ,+31 (0)6 14234734

How can you help?
1. Pray for us
Pray for the Tamrazyan family and for the 400 children in a similar situation.

2. Pay us a visit
Visitors are needed to ensure that the church service and asylum can continue. You are very welcome - day and night - in Bethel, especially during the nights and the mornings.
To avoid inconvenience to our neighbours we politely request you come by bicycle or public transport. Please park your car in the neighbouring streets.

3. Adopt a day or a daypart
Come to Bethel with your church community, church choir, debating circle, group of friends and ensure that at least two persons are present to keep the church service going.

4. Help us with groceries etc.
Visit us or send a mail message to and help us help.

5. Support us with donations
In spite of voluntary work being done by many people, there are expenses to be covered for this church asylum to continue.
Donations can be made to: NL83 INGB 0009 5168 45
Account name: Stek, stichting voor stad en kerk
Subject: "Church Asylum"
Details for international transactions:
Bank name and adress: ING Bank N.V., Foreign Operations, P.O. Box 1800, 1000BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bank phone number: +31 202288888
It is also possible to donate via PayPal, use: or click on the button below.

6. Help us spread the news.
Discuss this church asylum with friends and relatives and invite them to come to Bethel. Share messages on twitter (#kerkasielBethel) and Facebook. Everything helps.

But above all: you are welcome in Bethel! (Thomas Schwenckestraat 30, The Hague)
Poems by Hayarpi Tamrazyan
Hayarpi Tamrazyan (21) writes beautiful poems about her faith and her life in Bethel. One of these, "In these difficult times",  she has translated into English. You can read the poem on this website. Please feel free to use the poem in your church or congregation.