History and Setting
Szczecin is an old port city in the North of Poland about 120km north of Berlin and 280km south across the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen. With the population of about 400,000 people, about 55,000 of those are students and only 1000 are in Protestant churches. Although many people in Poland would list themselves as Catholic, less than half of them attend church, so Szczecin Christian Center is excited for this revival opportunity to reach out to these people in the love of Christ. The Baptists have had a long history in Szczecin, purchasing and erecting Szczecin Christian Center’s building in 1855, and maintaining an active congregation in its chapel ever since. Even during WWII, when the government confiscated the premises to turn into apartments, the church community continued to then pay to use their own facilities and maintain their church services. During and after the war, some of these church members immigrated to places in Canada and the United States of America, taking their mission with them and becoming active in growing God’s kingdom in North America. Szczecin is also home to a NATO base that Szczecin Christian Center is looking to serve through English speaking Bible studies and church services. These are a couple of reasons we reach out to you as brothers and sisters in Christ in our global church to re-connect with our historic Christian family here in Szczecin.
A testament to God’s grace and mercy is reflected in how the church building remained unharmed during the war and surviving several bombing raids that levelled the neighboring buildings on both sides. In the spirit of this survival, the church was delighted to be given the opportunity to take back ownership from the Government in 2002, and have been yearning to serve God and their community ever since. However, renovating the Communist built apartments into usable space for community evangelism has, and continues, to take a lot of time and effort and finances. But everything is possible with God, and so in the past few years an opportunity has presented itself where the Polish Government has offered to match 65% of the funds needed to completely renovate the building if the church is able to raise the other 35%. Szczecin Christian Center is now reaching out to the global Christian community to partner with them in their mission and to provide support both through prayer and financial support.