01 June - 31 July
Sat 14.00 - 17.00
Sun 14.00 - 17.00
Church exceptionally closed on Saturday 6 June.
Protestant worship service : Sunday 10 a.m.
Anglican worship service : Sunday 17.00 (winter) or 18.00 (summer)
The interior of 't Keerske consists of three central elements. In the middle of the chapel, stands the Supper table, which is used to celebrate the Lord's Supper. Next to the Supper table, stands the baptismal font. The baptism is given to children, with which one not only asks for God's blessing over the life of the child, but one also avows as parents of the child to commit as a family to the religious community. The Supper table was designed by a member of the community, and the baptismal font comes from the old English Church in the Ezel street (Reyandt hall). The layout of the church is very symbolic. Next to the Supper table and the baptismal font, that refer to the two sacraments of the protestant church, stands the pulpit. This way, it is expressed that the Word and the sacraments mutually complement each other. Also the pulpit originally came from the old English church.
The stained glass window in the upper hall depicts the Last Supper that Jesus celebrated with his disciples. It was created by a former member of the community, and was brought over from the previous church building in the Witte Leertouwer street. Every first Sunday of the month, the Holy Supper (also called the Lord's Supper) is celebrated. We know this to be an 'open table'. Everyone who has been baptised within the protestant or any other church, is welcome to take part.
The Huguenots were French protestants who fought to freely celebrate their faith. They often wore the Huguenot cross which has a rich symbolism attached to it. The cross consists of four arrow shaped points with balls at the end points. These refer to the eight beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:3-10). Between the arms of the cross, one can see the leaves of a lily. Just like with most Huguenot crosses, they consist of three flower petals. In total, there would be twelve lily petals, a symbolic number that refers to the twelve apostles. Just underneath the cross, one can see a pigeon: a reference to the Holy Spirit.
On the wooden lectern with the eagle depicted on it, one can find an open States Bible which was printed in 1736. The Word is central to the protestant worship. The Bible is to the protestants the source and the norm for their faith and life. It is typical for a protestant to read the Bible for themselves, free from churchly doctrine. Also the wooden lectern comes form the old English church. The eagle is a biblical symbol and refers to God's loyalty. (cf. Deut 32:11-12).
On the walls in the stairwell, one can see exceptional wood carvings. On the wooden panels, the most important theologians for the protestant tradition are depicted. Amongst them, also the reformers Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli.
Together with the deanery of Bruges, Open Churches released a brochure describing a walk through Bruges, guiding you along the 11 principal churches in the town centre. The 9 km route invites you to walk in the footsteps of the pastors of our faith. You can explore the splendour and grandeur of our religious heritage and discover the legends and tales which surround the life of our saints and patron saints.