Mozes & Aäronkerk has a big sign outside it “Stop economising; let the light shine in the Moses House”. The Moses House is a youth club and social services orgainsation that uses the Mozes & Aäronkerk, and the economising it refers to is a 78% cut in its Council funding.
The church started out as a Jewish owned building, that was purchased in 1641 to be used as a secret church in the period when Catholics could not hold services in public. Two hundred years later the building was rebuilt in its current form and consecrated.
The city council’s economising is due to the current financial crisis, so my first reaction to the sign was “I don’t like your chances”. But there was a report issued in May indicating that the city council had been able to make savings by reducing some operating costs and the scale of some plans. The economising originally proposed was not going to be as severe as first thought.
However there has been no change to the budget allocated to the Mozeshuis.