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The anniversary is a testament to the faith of generations of ministers, ministry workers, evangelists and the community of believers in Sri Lanka,

The members of the Christian Reformed Church in Sri Lanka, formerly known as the Dutch Reformed Church, joined in a trilingual service of thanksgiving on October 5 at the historical and culturally significant Dutch Reformed Church in Galle to mark its 375th anniversary.   
The anniversary is a testament to the faith of generations of ministers, ministry workers, evangelists and the community of believers in Sri Lanka, who stayed true to the teachings of Reformed Faith, continuing to teach Biblically sound doctrines and espousing the catechism of faith.   
The history of the Christian Reformed Church is intrinsically linked to the period of Dutch Colonisation in the country. The official ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church began on 1642 October 6, at the Fort of Galle and the Reformed Faith of the Dutch Colonists was established as the official religion of the colony.   
The Church worked amongst the poor and the needy in the country, establishing orphanages, schools and the country’s first leprosy asylum in Wattala among other social projects and acts of service.
Renamed as the Christian Reformed Church in October 2007, the church continues to Minister through 18 Churches and three mission stations across the island.   
Around 35 Ministers, pastors and full-time ministry and operational workers continue to serve the church today carrying out missionary and evangelistic activities, serving the community through social programmes and responding to the needs of the communities they serve.   

"The Church worked amongst the poor and the needy in the country, establishing orphanages, schools and the country’s first leprosy asylum in Wattala among other social projects and acts of service. "

 

The Christian Reformed Church will be conducting a thanksgiving service to mark the 375th anniversary with the participation of Christian Reformed Church ministers and evangelists and the sermon will be delivered by Rev. Stanley Nelson, President of the Christian Reformed Church in Sri Lanka.   
Minister of Christian Affairs John Amaratunga graced the event along with other M, State Ministers, the Ambassador of the Netherlands, the Governor of the Southern Province, Government officials and representatives of other Christian churches and para-church organisations and visitors from Australia and South Africa.   
A procession of the congregation started from the entrance to the Galle Fort and led up to the Dutch Reformed Church premises in time for the commencement of the trilingual service of thanksgiving.   
A commemorative postage stamp was issued on the day to mark the occasion.   
Over one thousand members of the Christian Reformed Churches and respective mission stations along with well-wishers from all parts of the island and overseas were present.    

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