The Recreation Site Sola Gratia is functioning again

P1040001Amazing nature, original architecture, a variable space for various kinds of meetings – that is the recreational site Sola Gratia. At the beginning of the year 2016 the Diaconia of the ECCB took over its management and renewed its functioning.

The site is located in the eastern Czech Republic in the town Bystřice pod Hostýnem at the foot of the picturesque Hostýn hills that gained their name from the legendary pilgrimage place also called Hostýn.

Just like it was in the past, the site Sola Gratia will be used in a multifunctional way: for family retreats, children and youth camps, educational courses and spiritual meetings. It will also serve as a place for further education of amateur and professional musicians in church as well as secular music.

A tradition will also be renewed when the choirmaster’s courses took place, with assistance of the reputable musicians such as Jaroslav Krček, Jiří Pavlica or Lothar Mohn, a former president of the Society of Protestant Church Musicians in Germany.

The only major change, in comparison with the past, will be that the site will now also be intensively used by the centers and schools of the ECCB Diaconia for their education, remedial visits and recreation of their employees. In the Czech Republic the Diaconia has altogether 1 500 employees.

Since the beginning of 2016, the site Sola Gratia offers solid accommodation services at a price level that is accessible for families with children as well as seniors. The capacity is 40 to 50 clients.

In the longer view, the Diaconia of the ECCB is considering the possibility to create here a community center for disadvantaged and socially weak citizens by building small apartments that would include the necessary facilities.

Sola Gratia was bought by the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. The finances were provided by donors mainly from the church itself, and foreign partner churches from Switzerland and Germany contributed as well. The site was originally constructed by a factory owner Karel Bazika from Bystřice pod Hostýnem as his family residence. It was built in the years 1938-1939 and designed by an important architect from the interwar period Karel Kotas. The main building is an original architectonical work of its time and it deserves to be protected and preserved in its original style. And the Diaconia takes this seriously when thinking about the future development of the site.

Adam Šůra         

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