The Holy Spirit Church
A relatively high number of protestants appeared in Gostyń after 1887, when the town became the seat of the district authorities. Therefore, there appeared some need to build a place of worship. The construction of the protestant church of Christ and St. Margaret started in 1905 in – at that time – Krobska Street (later names: 3rd of May Street, Marchlewskiego Street, Wrocławska Street). After a year the works were stopped due to the lack of financial resources, but were resumed in the spring of 1907 and finished two years later. A one-nave neo renaissance church was built with an octagonal, 40m high tower with a wooden dome covered with copper sheet. Inside the church two coloured stained-glass windows were fixed, which had been manufactured in Bodzewko in 1909 in the company “Mattrus”. Their sponsors were: a landrat (i.e. head of the district) dr. Richard Lucke and Gertrude, his wife. Inside the building – above the whole nave – at the outside walls - a spacious balcony was built, which made it possible for all participants of the mass to be inside. On the right, at the threshold of the apse protruding towards the west (unlike in Catholic tradition), a heightened pulpit was installed. In 1919, when as a result of the successful Wielkopolska Uprising the status of the German minority changed radically on the territories of the resurrecting Polish state, in the first years of independence most Germans left Gostyń. Despite that, the church remained under the Lutheran management. That state of affairs lasted for the whole twenty-year interwar period. During World War II the number of Evangelic worshippers increased again. In 1945 the church was taken over by the Catholics. It became an auxiliary church of the parish church. It itself received the parish status in 1973, with its territory embracing the south-west part of the town and three villages: Czachorowo (where the existing mortuary was rebuilt and turned into St. Lawrence’s filial chapel), Czajkowo and Brzezie. On 22 June 2014 archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, the Metropolitan of Poznań, consecrated the church and its saint patrons became the Holy Spirit and the Holy Heart of Jesus. In 1966 the – then – parson of the parish church in Gostyń, Leon Misiołek, gave a bell to this temple, on which there are following inscriptions:
“FELCZYNSKI CANTIFUSOR PREMYSLIENSIS A.D. 1808-1965” (Felczyński, a bell-maker from Przemyśl, A.D. 1808-1965)
“MANUFACTURED DURING THE ORDINARY H.E. ARCHBISHOP METROPOLITAN DR. ANTONI BARANIAK GOSTYŃ A.D. 1966”
“DA MIHI ANIMAS CETERA TOLLE” (archbishop’s invocation – “Give me soul, take the rest”) “MY NAME IS ANTONIUS’
“ME FECIT JOANNIS” (John made me).
At present the bell is operated automatically. The church has a pendulum clock with weights fixed on steel ropes with a separate control box (serial 1896), made in 1908 in the workshop of C. Weiss from Głogów. On one of the boards of the wooden control box case there is an inscription: “III Gostign”, which may suggest that the boards are very old and have never been replaced. Thanks to the wire with ratchets, the reading of the clock is transmitted to two clock faces.
The church is equipped with 17-rank organs from 1908, of baroque tone , with one main bellow and pneumatic tracker. The instrument was manufactured by P.B. Voelkner company from Bydgoszcz.