From 15 April, the doors of the Oude Kerk will be open for contemplative walks during regular opening hours. After reserving a time slot, and confirming your health, the walk can begin. You will be given a cup of hot tea, because it is just as cold in the church as it is outside. Along the way, you will also come across Aimée Zito Lema’s installation in which poems are recited and you can light a candle. There is no admission charge, although a donation is most welcome at this time. People from the Oude Kerk are open for conversation in the church, long or short.
With this walk, Oude Kerk certainly does not want to trivialise the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation. There is much sympathy for the overburdened hospitals, care workers and the concern about increasing infections. Yet she sees the walks as an answer to the ever louder call of people for more, and especially spiritual, space. That space is available in the Oude Kerk: 3000 m2 in size and 30 metres high, the church is built for contemplation and reflection. Walking around, with a mouth mask and at a large distance from each other, the situation inside is even safer than outside, because distance and protection are monitored and no more than 30 people are present at any one time per half hour.