Churches in Kleszczyna and Batorowo were erected by the Evangelicals who lived in great numbers in the area of the former Prussia. Both churches were later transformed and given to the Catholics. In Protestantism the proclamation of the word of God is extremely important. It is reflected in the design of the churches’ interior. In the central place there is a platform – the pulpit which resulted in the construction of altar-pulpit. Many benches and galleries where the faithful sat surrounded it.
The history of the church of Christ the King in Kleszczyna is linked with a lawless initiative of the locals. Until the second half of the 19th century local Evangelicals, mostly Germans, had to go to Złotowo for church service or gather in a school’s classroom. After some time, the authorities forbade from conducting the service in the school and claimed that it was an unworthy place. Then the locals from Kleszczyna decided to build a church by themselves. Wilhelm Fischer gave his land and a large sum of money. His actions were supported by the teacher Rosenow and the clerk Dobberstein and also other locals of the village. They got wood for free from price Hohenzollern and they also tended to the decoration of the church’s interior. It was calculated that the erection of the church cost 12,000 marks but unfortunately it was an unauthorised construction. The reverend from Złotowo wrote that “the church had full installations but didn’t have a shepherd”. However, he greatly admired the citizens of Kleszczyna who worked day and night without any additional help. The reverend took the position of the parish priest and procured the regulation of official permissions. The church was consecrated on May 5th 1879. Since 1945 until today it has been used by the Catholics.
Sławianowo 3, 77-400 Złotów tel.: 67 263 11 93
10.00 am Kleszczyna,
11.15 am Sławianowo
St. Jacob’s day: July 25th
Christ the King’s day: the last Sunday of the liturgical year