In 2005, Celebration Church’s Netherlands’ Lead Pastors Sebastiaan and Eva van Wessem moved to the Hilversum area to start the church with missionary friends from the US. Within a year they gathered a launch team of about 40 people plus children, and the church had its grand opening in May 2006. In 2015 the Huizen location opened its doors.
The church joined the Celebration Church Family late 2018 because of its desire to be part of a global church family with a vision to impact the whole world. In this family we found a similar passion for Jesus, God’s family and his mission. The church, which used to be called Thousand Hills, rebranded to Celebration Church in February 2020.
We invite you to join us in making a difference in our community, region and world by becoming a part of our incredible church family. Celebration Church is what it is today because of people just like you – people who have said “yes” to God’s purpose for their lives and who want to pursue God’s kingdom together with others who are passionately following Jesus.
Celebration Church is not built on the gifts and talents of a few, but on the service and sacrifice of many. Celebration’s story is still unfolding and continuing to grow today like never before, and we would be honored to have you play a part in it!
What we value
Our desire is to worship Jesus! He is the reason for our gathering and He is the object of our worship. During our services we sing 5 or 6 songs led by our worship team that will help us express our devotion and surrender to Jesus!
Every Sunday we aim to equip you with relevant messages that help you understand and live out God’s Word. We are made to be the respresentatives, imagers, of God and through His word we will understand his heart and mission for us in this world.
Prayer is talking to God. We believe that he hears the prayers of His children. Prayer is essential and should be our first response. You can send us a prayer request online, by using the Welcome Home card in church or by leaving a note at the cross. Also our team is available to pray and believe together with you on Sunday mornings.
Our awesome team of volunteers is ready to welcome your children for a fun program with the Mini’s (Age 0 – Group 1) and Heroes (Group 2 – Age 12) for worship, story time (Bible based) and activities in small groups. Please register your children upon arrival!
We invite you to become part of one our many connect groups spread out over the Hilversum and Huizen region. Through a connect group you are able to meet with church family, discuss a certain topic and be part of the church community in your surrounding neighbourhood.
Meet our pastors
Sebastiaan & Eva van Wessem have been part of the original church planting team of 2006. A year later Sebastiaan transitioned into the role of Lead Pastor. Their passion is to see God’s kingdom expressed through the local church and beyond. They are passionate to create an environment where believers are equipped and seekers find answers and encounter Jesus. Sebastiaan and Eva live in Almere with their twin boys Miles and William. They enjoy cooking for friends and get up way too early on Saturdays for soccer games.
What we value
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Our preaching is practical, our worship engaging, our community is
vibrant and our presence in society noticeable.
Living out God’s radical grace, we accept everyone as they are. Speaking the truth in love, we help people to understand and follow God’s way.
We are madly in love with Jesus and desire the presence of the
Holy Spirit in every service, conversation, activity and decision.
The way we express our faith is abundant, enthusiastic and real.
We live and teach generosity in all aspects of life. Holding nothing
back, we invest, bless and redeem for God’s purposes. We trust
God for our every need.
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We are a church on the frontline of what God is doing in our
country and continent. Our influence will change the church
landscape through church planting, church development and
training up world changers.
We are a church for young and old, for families and singles, for
nationals and internationals. We are a church for those who don’t
We seek long-term change in every life, family and community we
encounter. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done. Testimonies
are our main promotion.
What we believe
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We believe The Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. God is the ultimate point of origin for each of the 66 books of the Bible. Through his Spirit, God providentially prepared each person who played a role in producing the final form of the sacred, inspired, canonical work we call the Bible, for their role. God’s choice of ancient persons responsible for producing the books of the Bible was entirely consistent with God’s goals for codifying revelation for humankind in ages to come. Under God’s providential preparation and direction, the work of each person who played a role in the final form of the biblical text resulted in an entirely trustworthy record of the truth propositions God wanted to reveal to humankind.
(Jeremiah 25:13; Proverbs 30:5; Luke 1:70; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe there is one God who alone is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and coeternal.
(Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 3:7-11; John 1:1-3, 14)
We believe Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for humanity and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.
We believe Jesus of Nazareth was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the incarnate Son of God, the Christ, the Word made flesh.
(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35; John 1:1-3, 14)
We believe Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body on the third day following His death on the cross and ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father.
(Luke 24:36-39; John 2:19-22, 20:26-28, 21:4; Romans 8:34, 1 Cor 15:3-9, 17-19; Colossians 3:1)
We believe every human being was created in the image of God for the purpose of representing His rule throughout all the earth. Through voluntary disobedience man sinned and fell. Consequently, all of humanity is lost and is thus in need of being brought back into relationship with God. Every human being apart from Jesus Christ is thus unable to avoid sin. The only hope for this redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, apart from any human deed or merit.
(Genesis 1:26-27, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)
Regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit in which the unredeemed soul or inner person is made new in response to saving faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Regeneration is the necessary beginning point for a life of discipleship—believing loyalty—to Jesus Christ and God the Father.
(Eph 2:1-10; 4:24; 2 Cor 5:17)
We believe man is saved by grace alone, through personal faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort. Salvation means turning from our own efforts to merit the grace of God, or from rejecting the grace of God shown through the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we embrace the gospel we are made new creations by the regeneration and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who compels us to commit ourselves to turn from sin in every area of our lives and to live a life of complete loyalty to Jesus Christ, our King.
(Romans 4:1-5; 10:9-10; Acts 3:19, 16:31; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22)
We believe in sanctification, the on-going process of yielding to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit in order to develop a mature Christ-like character. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
(Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; Hebrews 2:11)
Jesus Christ lived a perfectly sinless life, and shed his blood for us on the cross of Calvary. His perfect sacrifice is 100% sufficient to cleanse humankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death.
(1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29)
JESUS CHRIST DWELLS IN ALL BELIEVERS
Christians are people who have put their trust in the gospel of Jesus Christ. By doing so, the Lord Jesus Christ comes and lives inside of them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their lives by putting faith in what he accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.
(Matt 18:20; 28:20; John 14:17, Romans 8:11; 2 Cor 3:17-18; Revelation 3:20)
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BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the baptism with the Holy Spirit, given at Pentecost, is the fulfillment of the new covenant promise of the Father for all believers. Each believer is baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ as part of salvation and regeneration. Every believer should also expect and seek the gift of the Holy Spirit that can be distinct and subsequent to his or her baptism into the Body of Christ. This baptism experience continuously empowers the believer for Christian service in God’s reconciliatory work in the world. The presence of the Spirit in the believer is God’s definite means of endowment of gifting and power for service. As the believer surrenders more to the Spirit’s control, this empowerment will produce more and more fruit in the life of the believer.
(Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6; 1 Cor 12:13)
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is displayed through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, confirm the power of the Gospel and to serve the world. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive and may occur in various combinations. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Word of God and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters. Every believer should eagerly desire spiritual gifts and develop these gifts to promote the gospel in their everyday lives.
(Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:5-16; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10)
Every person who is born of the Spirit is part of the universal Church as a member of the body of believers and is encouraged by Scripture to be planted in a local church. The Church is both the representative of Jesus on earth and the earthly expression of His kingdom. The purpose of the Church is to carry out the Great Commission.
(Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23; 1 Tim 3:15)
PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that every believer is a priest (minister) and is enabled by the Holy Spirit to fulfill his or her calling in their homes, workplaces, and community.
(1 Peter 2:5, 9, Rom 12:1; Matt. 28:18-20)
We believe that the ordinances of the Church, by the command of Jesus Christ, are water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper (Communion), both of which are administered to those who are born again by the Spirit of God.
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water. Following the Great Commission, we baptize believers in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Water Baptism publically demonstrates our loyalty to Jesus, and baptism in the name of Jesus today is for that purpose and not as a ritual connected to salvation. In baptism, we renounce Satan and the forces of darkness and declare our allegiance to Jesus as the Lord of our lives.
THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION)
The Lord’s Supper is a unique time when the body of Christ gathers together in the presence of God to partake of the elements of bread and grape juice, which represent the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. These are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, which fulfilled God the Father’s requirement of just punishment for our sins so that we can be in covenant relationship with Him. As we partake of the elements together, we remember the New Covenant and renew our devotion to Jesus.
(Matthew 26:26-29, 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 8:12, 36-38, 10:47-48; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-26; 1 Peter 3:18-22)
MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY
The testimony of the inspired Holy Scriptures is that the marriage covenant shall be reserved only for one man with one woman.
(Gen 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Romans 1:26-27, Deuteronomy 23:1)
HEAVEN AND HELL
Heaven is the place where God dwells; a place which will be reunited with a new earth at the end of the age. The new heavens and the new earth are the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ where we will fulfill or original purpose of ruling and reigning over God’s creation with Him and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Unbelievers have no share in the eternal life on the new earth, but are instead eternally separated from God.
(Matthew 25:41; John 14:1-3; 17:24; 1 Cor 15:26; Romans 8:18-25; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 9:27, 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 20:12-15, 21:8)
We believe Jesus Christ will physically, visibly, and gloriously return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at an undisclosed date.
(Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)