Building the church
Even before today's church, there was an older and smaller church in town, probably since the 16th century. The current octagonal structure of the church building dates from the 18th century. It is the work of the master builder Johann Adam Richter from the years 1769–1771. Richter's design is clearly influenced by Cai Dose's churches and especially the Rellinger church . From the outside, the slim tower built over an open vestibule dominates on the west side and the heavy mansard roof . In contrast to the Rellinger Church, but similar to Dose's first octagonal church in Hörnerkirchen , the roof of the church in Großenaspe has neither a lantern nor further window openings. Daylight only comes into the interior through the large, framed arched windows in the brick masonry decorated with rusticated pilaster strips .
The parish hall in the immediate vicinity of the church, which was previously used as a pastorate, dates from the mid-19th century and has been rebuilt several times. Since it had reached its capacity limit in the early 2010s, a larger extension is in the planning phase.
The interior with its flat wooden dome and the Doric corner pilasters is uniform and closed, but not very richly furnished. It offers space for around 340 people and has good acoustics. The high pulpit altar with the halo and the dove of the Holy Spirit in the upper part and a painting by Johann M. Bremer in the lower part, which depicts Holy Communion , is very eye-catching and impressive . The church shows only restrained symbolism and thus stands in the tradition of the preaching churches that concentrate on the words of the clergy .
The crucifix on the wall to the left of the altar is the oldest piece in the church and dates from the 13th century. Like the chandelier from 1740, the poor block from 1736 and the pastor's picture on the gallery from 1698, it was already in the previous church.
For the inauguration of the church, the Kiel pharmacist Conrad Christiani donated the large brass baptismal bowl , which is evident from an inscription on the edge of the pool. The baptismal font is only in the middle of the room during baptismal services.
The church has four bells. The oldest is a bronze bell from 1910, the other three bells are steel bells from 1968.
The Marcussen - organ of the church dates from 1880 and has 837 pipes . A major overhaul took place in 2007. After the experience of this work, the community decided to use regular donors (so-called "organ sponsors") for the future maintenance of the organ in order to become independent of the financial considerations of the regional church.
The organ is used regularly for organ concerts beyond the service.
- Dirk Jonkanski, Lutz Wilde : Village churches in Schleswig-Holstein . Wachholtz, Neumünster 2000, ISBN 3-529-02845-2 , pp. 49-51 .
- Ev.-Luth. Parish of Großenaspe (ed.): Visitor information on the Katharinenkirche . Self-published (flyer).
- List ( Memento of the original from February 12, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. of all Marcussen organs. Retrieved June 18, 2012.