IV. Church day 27.-29.June 2014 in Spišská Nová Ves

During days 27.,28. and 29. June 2014 – in Spišká Nová Ves and vicinity were on the all church events - IV. Evangelical/Protestant church day participate more than 5.000 lutherans from the all Slovak republic. After Bratislava, Žilina and Lučenec, protestant church day were performed in the centre of Spiš by occasion 400. Anniversary Spišskopodradská synod.

IV. evangelical church day stared on Friday 27 June afternoon by vernissage on more location in Spišská Nová Ves. It was an expositions „500 years reformation in Slovakia“, „400 years Spišskopodhradská Synod“, „People interrelatedness by Jesus Christ“, „Feast Holidays in Jerusalem“. In the centre of Community of evangelical women was an exhibition tapestry embroidered by our women to 500yaers anniversary of reformation and in the centre of Evangelical diakonia exhibitions of photographs about humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, which was prepared by headquarters ecumenical pastoral ministry in Armed Forces and Armed Services Slovak Republic. Market spiritual possibilities placed in bookstall on the Radničné square offered possibility to meet by different activity seniorate or congregation, church schools, evangelical diakonia and evangelical publishers.

The opening worship stared at Friday evening on which served representative Aid Association Slovak Germans from German – speech pastor Andreas Metzl and the prayer after speech school dean Martrin Moravek. After service of God at the Radničné square was opening/welcome program by Tatranský seniorate, where was a main stage of IV. ECD equipped with the large screen. The Evangelical Lutheran church held a concert organ virtuoso John Vladimir Michalka and Spiš theater was previewed play: Chanter of God.

In Saturday 28 June was prepared on different place in Spišká Nová Ves another spiritual and cultural program. More than three thousand believers attended on the main Divine Services in full to overflowing evangelical church. People who not got inside watched the service on large screen. These services was broadcast live in RTVS ( Slovak TV Channel). Preaching the words of God had General bishop Miloš Klátik. To the believers also spoken mayor of Spišká Nová Ves – Ján Voľný, and pastor of congregation in Spišká Nová Ves – Jaroslav Matys. Offering from the services was given to Slovak Evangelical church of Augsburg Confession in Budapest and Slovak national spiritual ministry of the Evangelical Church in Hungary. The most of believers were participated on biblical lecture with the same topic: „Remember your Creator when you are young, before the days of trouble come and the years catch up with you. They will make you say, „I have found no pleasure in them.“(Ecc 12,1)“ which were led by Bishop Emeritus Ján Midriak, districts Bishop Milan Krivda and Slavomír Sabol. On the six place in Spišká Nová Ves were discussion forum on current issues like: Germans and Slovakia-German coexistence in the ECAC in Slovakia in the past; Renaissance and Baroque music Spis and Saris; dilapidated churches; the status of the family in today's society and Youth in the 21st century.

During the day you could particiapated in various events: performence of children from preschool, evangelical primary and secondary school; spiritual words and songs, prayers, songs of Psalms, poems Ladislava Fričovského. The end of the day was the performance of roma youngst.
The culmination of the meeting Protestants were Sunday, June 29. In January 1614 held a memorial Spišskopodhradská Synod in evangelical church where also was a service of God. Preaching the word of God served presiding bishop of the Evangelical Church in Hungary Péter Gáncs, to intercede Bishop Sergej Maševský from Ukraine, Mayor Spišského Podhradie Jozef Bača and former Mr. President Slovak Republic Ivan Gašparovič. To God's service was also attended by the Mayor of Spišská Nová Ves Ján Voľný, a representative of the Roman Catholic Church and other celebrities spiritual, political and social life. After the service of God was on the church in Spišské podhradie unveiled a plaque for the 400th anniversary Spišskopodhradskej Synod.

On the other place of Tatranský seniorate was also final service of God. Preachers of the words were guests from partner evangelical churches from abroad and served the church singing choirs from all over Slovakia. For the financial and organizational support our thanks is president of the Košický Autonomous Region Zdenko Trebuľa, mayor of Spišká Nová Ves Ján Voľný. Our thank is Evangelical Provincial Church in Württemberg for financial support under the project for Eastern European Hoffnung (Hope for Eastern Europe) and the Ministry of Culture for financial support provided under the grant system, as well as several sponsors and the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Slovakia for the voluntary offering to IV. Protestant church day.

We thanks to God for his blessing hands which was hold over all protestant church day. We thank all organizers with the lead President of the Central Organizing Committee Dušan Vagaský and another coworkers General bishop Office Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovak Republic. And our thanks belongs to host congregation Spišská Nová Ves with pastor Ján Matys as well as other the churches Tatranský seniorate.

Edita Škodová, Secretary for Media and Communication, media@ecav.sk  | 9.7.2014

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Grafické spracovanie:Ladislav Menyhart