Pentecostal Church (Berlin)

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Pentecostal Church
address Berlin-Friedrichshain, Petersburger Platz  5
Denomination evangelical
local community Evangelical Pentecostal Church
Current usage Parish church
construction time 1906-1908
restoration 1950 and 2010–2012
style neo-gothic

The Pentecostal Church at Petersburger Platz  5 is a Protestant church in Berlin-Friedrichshain near Bersarinplatz . The church was consecrated in 1908 and is the center of the Evangelical Pentecostal church. It belongs to the parish of Berlin city center in the Sprengel Berlin of the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Oberlausitz .


The Pentecostal Church was built as a separate church building by the Pentecostal congregation, which separated from the congregation of the Resurrection Church in Friedenstraße on September 15, 1906 . The split was a result of the enormous population growth in Berlin's working-class districts. The resurrection church at that time had nearly 100,000 church members. The first church services in the Pentecostal congregation took place in the prayer room of a factory building at Petersburger Strasse 57. The name of the new community was chosen because Pentecost is the second major ecclesiastical festival after Easter, after which the resurrection community was named.

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The sacred building was built according to plans by the architects Jürgen Kröger and Gustav Werner . They had designed a church building in late Gothic forms, the window tracery based on the Flamboyant style . The foundation stone was laid in 1906 and the Pentecostal Church was consecrated on June 28, 1908 .

During the Nazi era there were church elders of the German Christians , the Confessing Church and a special German-Christian direction, the so-called "Krause Christians" around the former Berlin DC Gauleiter Reinhold Krause .

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The church suffered damage to the tower and gable towards the end of World War II . A bomb destroyed the choir apse, which was replaced by a straight wall. The inventory of the church was largely lost due to theft in the post-war years. The original nave had buttresses that were simplified during the restoration. After the renovations, the church in 1950 by Bishop was Otto Dibelius newly ordained .

In the 1960s, the Pentecostal Church was also used by the Mennonite congregation of the GDR, who did not have their own premises. From 1979 to 1983 the Friedrichshain church district rented rooms from the Pentecostal parish for open youth work with punks . In June 1987 the “Kirchentag from below”, organized by the church from below , took place in the parish hall and in the courtyard of the Pentecostal parish as a counter-event to the official Berlin Kirchentag.

There were repeated renovation and restoration work on the church, for example in 1998/99 on the church facade. At the beginning of the 1980s, extensive work was carried out on the tower, which had cracked after being damaged in the Second World War. It was eventually secured with steel straps. In August 2015, work began on the tower, including the renovation of the brick facade.


Church building

Street facade with portal

The church is inserted flush with the house front of the square. The entrance area, consisting of a three-part open portal hall, is located on the side facing the square. Above that, a group of three windows held together with tracery decor in a stepped gable decorates the building. The two column capitals at the portal are decorated with praying angels made of sandstone. A painted dove - symbolic of the Holy Spirit - and peonies also serve as decorations. The main nave of the church has a vaulted ceiling suspended on steel cables.


Church clock

To the north, the 70 meter high church tower adjoins the entrance facade. A wrought-iron cross rose on it until 1989 . In the 1990s, the tower cross was dismantled and replaced by a metal ball as a lightning rod.

The tower has a keel-arched gable and an eight-sided pointed spire with a viewing gallery and an inserted lantern . The construction is completed by the wooden spire covered with slate .

In the tower is the approximately 8 m × 8 m large bell room with sound openings reaching downwards at an angle on all sides. The peal is made up of three bronze bells. Inside, a steep ladder leads up to the clock floor. The church tower clock was wound up early by means of an electric motor. It has been in operation again since the beginning of 2012 after a long period of failure in the movement.

Parish hall

In the courtyard behind the church is the four-storey parish hall, which was built from 1927 to 1929 according to designs by Walter Erdmann . The building is clinker facing . It is kept in the New Objectivity style and has echoes of Expressionism . The house has been decorated in the style of the Gothic , as shown by the pointed arch-like triangular roofs above the windows of the community hall and the cornice, the protrusions of which are reminiscent of the gargoyles of cathedrals. A large church hall and the Evangelical School Berlin Friedrichshain (ESBF) are located here.


Main nave with altar wall


The church interior is spanned by a net vault and offers space for up to 1000 people. He has a windowless choir . In the beginning of the choir, remains of the original painting are preserved, they show Peter and Paul. Until the nave was destroyed in the World War, there was an organ with wooden panels behind the altar . The destroyed altar wall was replaced by a smooth wall during the restoration. In 1999, new paintings were added to the left and right of the altar cross, which are copies of two panels of the Schneeberg Cranach altar from St. Wolfgang's Church . The pictures are on permanent loan from the Evangelical Lutheran Church Community there and depict Jesus' arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane and his resurrection on Easter morning.

Pulpit and baptismal font

A carved pulpit and a baptismal font - originals from the time the church was built - complete the furnishings of the chancel.


In 1953, a new, single-manual organ with cone chest and pneumatic action from W. Sauer Orgelbau, Frankfurt / Oder, was installed on one of the two galleries, with the following disposition :

Manual C – g 3
1. Singing dumped 8th'
2. Gemshorn 8th'
3. Reed flute 4 ′
4th Principal 2 ′
5. Scharff 2–3f
Pedal C – f 1
6th Dumped bass 16 ′

In 2012, the Hermann Eule organ, which was located in the parish hall, was transferred to the church and regenerated by the organ builder Sauer. It is now to the right of the altar, clearly visible to the congregation. With eleven sounding registers on two manuals and pedal , it has the following disposition:

I. Manual C-f 3
1. Dumped 8th'
2. Principal 4 ′
3. Sifflute 1 13
4th Mixture 3f
II. Manual C – f 3
5. Quintad 8th'
6th Reed flute 4 ′
7th Octave 2 ′
8th. Sesquialter 2f
9. Cymbal pipe 1f
Pedal C – f 1
10. Sub bass 16 ′
11. Pommer 08th'

Church life

In the 21st century, the Friedrichshain Pentecostal parish has around 1700 members, whose catchment area is the area between Landsberger Allee , Richard-Sorge-Strasse , Mühsamstrasse and the S-Bahn . The regular services are celebrated in the church between Easter and Thanksgiving . Since this can no longer be heated, however, the parish hall is used in the cold season.

Since 2007 there has been a theater working group of the parishes in Friedrichshain, in which members of the Pentecostal Church also participated. Every year a play was selected together, adapted for the performance in the church and rehearsed and performed with interested amateur actors. Have been performed successfully Mr. Big of Woody Allen and Waswo? by Samuel Beckett .

The meeting point for the congregation is the Sunday service at 10 a.m. There is usually church service for children and a children's play area has been set up in the church. The community is characterized by the commitment of many volunteers who, for example, keep the church open (open church), meet for a faith discussion group or sing along in the Pentecost choir. An electronic newsletter provides current information. The parish office and the parish room are also located in the parish hall.

Persons baptized or consecrated in the Church


  • Hans-Joachim Beeskow : Guide through the Evangelical Pentecostal Church in Berlin-Friedrichshain. Heimat Verlag, Lübben 2002, ISBN 3-929600-26-9 .
  • The architectural and art monuments in the GDR, capital Berlin , Volume I, ed. from the Institute for Monument Preservation, edited by a collective from the Research Department (Ingrid Bartmann-Kompa, Horst Büttner, Horst Drescher, Joachim Fait, Marina Flügge, Gerda Herrmann, Ilse Schröder, Helmut Spielmann, Christa Stepansky, Heinrich Trost), overall editor Heinrich Trost, 2nd, unchanged edition, Berlin 1984, p. 450.
  • Jan Feustel: Tower crosses over rear buildings. Churches in the Berlin-Friedrichshain district. Zwei-Zwerge-Verlag, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-932837-21-5 .

Web links

Commons : Pentecostal Church  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c Hans-Joachim Beeskow : Guide through the Evangelical Pentecostal Church in Berlin-Friedrichshain. Heimat Verlag, Lübben 2002, ISBN 3-929600-26-9 , without page numbers
  2. ^ Jan Feustel: Tower crosses over rear buildings. Churches in the Berlin-Friedrichshain district. Zwei-Zwerge-Verlag, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-932837-21-5 , pp. 87-88
  3. ^ A b c d e Institute for Monument Preservation (ed.): The architectural and art monuments in the GDR. Capital Berlin I . Henschelverlag, Berlin 1984, p. 450 .
  4. : Hans-Rainer Sandvoss: Resistance in Friedrichshain and Lichtenberg. Zwei-Zwerge-Verlag, German Resistance Memorial Center, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-932837-21-5 , p. 221
  5. a b c d e John Stave: living room and kitchen. Experienced and exquisite . 4th again expanded edition. Eulenspiegel-Verlag, Berlin 1994, ISBN 3-359-00478-7 , pp. 281-287.
  6. ^ Jan Feustel: Tower crosses over rear buildings. Churches in the Berlin-Friedrichshain district. Zwei-Zwerge-Verlag, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-932837-21-5 , p. 92
  7. Imanuel Baumann: When the draft for a ban on Mennonites in the GDR was already drawn up . In: Hans-Jürgen Goertz and Marion Kobelt-Groch (eds.): Mennonite history sheets 2016 . Mennonite History Association, 2016, ISSN  0342-1171 , p. 71 .
  8. There are always miracles. Fragments on the history of the open work Berlin and the CHURCH from BELOW. Berlin 1997, Eigendruck, pp. 67–123
  9. ^ [1] Website youth opposition in the GDR. Cooperation project between the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Robert Havemann Society e. V.
  10. ^ [2] Website of the Evangelical Church Congregation Pfingst. Blog post from October 12, 2015
  11. OrgelnDDR (PDF; 399 kB)
  12. ^ Website of the organ builder Sauer with information on the restoration ( Memento from June 7, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  13. ^ [3] Website of the Evangelical Church Congregation Pfingst.

Coordinates: 52 ° 31 ′ 13 ″  N , 13 ° 26 ′ 59 ″  E