In the early hours of June 20, Susanna Wesley Hall which houses the
Youth Ministries of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church was broken into
and vandalized. Two women were caught on surveillance video
ransacking and defacing the room with profane graffiti. Rankin County
Sheriff’s Office was given the video record and images were also
circulated on Facebook. Many persons responded with information that
led to the subsequent apprehension of the women involved.
St. Mark’s appreciates the swift action of Rankin County Sheriff’s Office
as well as the concern of our entire community with regard to the
seemingly senseless actions of the perpetrators. Now is the time for
working toward restorative justice for those who committed this crime.
We commit ourselves to prayer on behalf of these two women who felt
the need to lash out against the church. We do not want to let this one
incident negate all the work St. Mark’s UMC has done in the name of
Jesus Christ in our community and throughout the world. We will continue
to do kingdom work, especially now when forgiveness and
reconciliation are so needed.
Rev. Warren Coile
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church