The municipality of Oosterzele is looking for a new destination for the Sint-Amanduskerk in Moortsele. The church’s valuation and repurposing process is almost complete. The local government would now like to take the next step in the repurposing of the Sint-Amanduskerk.
There are no longer any worship services in the church of Moortsele and, linked to this, the bishop will soon withdraw the building from worship. In collaboration with Parcum and Erfgoed Viersprong, all objects of the church were inventoried and assessed for their heritage value. Pieces with a low heritage value may leave the church. For example, chairs, candlesticks and censers have already been moved to the churches of Oosterzele, Landskouter and Melle. The chaplain of the new prison in Dendermonde is also interested in some documents. Not only the building and the cemetery are protected as monuments, some objects also remain compulsory in the church: the organ, the pulpit and some statues and paintings.
New destination via issue file
The building is owned by the municipality of Oosterzele. The church is empty and therefore the congregation is looking for a new destination. The new interpretation of the church will add a chapter to the long and rich history of St Anthony’s Church. This new destination must show respect for that past and the heritage values. The valuable and protected artifacts and the old organ are included. Projects that provide added value on a social, cultural or local-economic level have an advantage. The local government prepares an issue file containing all information about the
church and submitting a project idea. An open call for ideas will be launched in the spring of 2023. Candidates can then submit a substantiated future vision and financial plan. A jury will make a choice from all submitted proposals. That project will then be given every opportunity to go into execution. Sofie Moeykens of the heritage crossroads helps and guides the project. The local government is already announcing the future call, so that everyone (citizens, associations, companies) who wants to submit a conversion file is already informed. (mvdv, photos ddl)