Since 1920 Wittenau, a part of Berlin's borough of Reinickendorf, has expanded fast. Farmers sold their land, and building associations have erected housing estates where previously there were only green fields. In the sixties a new district came into being in Wittenau: the "Märkisch quarter" MV
A number of Companies (GeSoBau, GSW and others) have built high-rise residential homes here, which caused great controversy when the foundations were first laid. There are now shopping centres, schools, kindergartens, a post office, medical and counselling centres and so on.
During this period the Roman
Catholic church of St. Martin's has been built and
fitted out. Roughly 50.000 people live here. The
church community of Wittenau cannot absorb all the new
evangelical church members. In addition to the small
church of St. Andrew the apostle in Eichorster Weg,
four other church centres have been established in the
Märkisch quarter, namely St. John the apostle in
Dannenwalder Weg, St. Peter's in Wilhelmsruher Damm,
Senfkorn in Senftenberger Ring and our own church Am
centre was built in 1972. It comprises several
buildings which through their various uses at different
levels, provide a rich unified cohesion.
The building also contains a children's day care centre (seating 80), the vicarage, verger's flat and the office of the social welfare work for the Märkische quarter. Inner airwells are landscaped and bedecked with plants, which helps to relax the scene.
The parish celebrated its 40th
anniversary in this years. The parish started off with
5.000 members and still has, at the moment, around
1.400 evangelical Christians. 18 people are employed
in the parish at present of whom only two are involved
with the worship, namely only one minister (50%).
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