Posted: Mar 24, 2013 6:09 PM by Erin Schattauer
Updated: Mar 24, 2013 6:11 PM
BOZEMAN - Two weeks ago, vandals broke into Kirkwood Baptist Church in Bozeman, leaving black spray painted messages scrawled on walls, doors and other surfaces. Now, the spray paint has been covered and cleaned up and the church is moving forward.
The church's interior looks completely different than it did two weeks ago. Walls bathed in black spray paint are now clean. A wooden door leading into the sanctuary shows no traces of the spray painted words that were left there. Words like "sheep" and "liar" that were written on walls and a screen over the pulpit in the sanctuary are no longer there.
Few signs remain of the vandalism. But it's not just the physical signs of the vandalism that are disappearing inside the church. Pastor James Wyatt says he and his congregation is moving on and looking toward the future after this criminal act that, at first, left him feeling violated.
"Everybody's pulling together and everybody's ready to move forward and get this all past and move forward with our work to share Jesus with the community," Wyatt said.
This Sunday, members of the congregation and the community gathered together in the field across from the church along 15th Avenue for the annual Easter egg hunt. Cold temperatures certainly didn't stop them from taking part in the annual tradition. Dozens of children grabbed bags and baskets to collect the hundreds of candy-filled eggs that were scattered across the field.
With Good Friday and Easter services coming up, the members are showing that this is a time for celebration.
As of Sunday evening, no one had been arrested in connection to the break-in and vandalism at the church.