Church of St Paul vandalized

At the Church of St Paul in Barriere folks put in time and energy to operate the church’s thrift store

Paint splashed on the outside of the Church of St Paul in Barriere was found by parishioners attending church on Sunday morning.

Paint splashed on the outside of the Church of St Paul in Barriere was found by parishioners attending church on Sunday morning.

Just imagine – you, or a friend, or a group of friends, have worked hard on a project.  It has taken years to get the project to where it is, and you are so proud of it.   Or, think about your grandmother, or aunt, or mom, who has spent years getting her house and yard just right.

At the Church of St Paul in Barriere folks put in time and energy to operate the church’s thrift store.  The thrift store is a blessing to many local families who can’t afford the pricier items in Kamloops.

The church also has other volunteers who work on the garden and lawn so that the property is part of an attractive main road through the community.

The ladies of the thrift store are used to dealing with garbage, unusable appliances and old dirty furniture.  They’ve asked folks to not leave these unusable items outside the door.  They would like people to know they are not an “in town dump site”.  A couple of weeks ago someone left some almost empty cans of paint at the thrift store,  instead of taking them to the transfer station, the ladies set them aside for their next “dump” run.

The folks arriving for the church service last Sunday morning didn’t notice the beautiful summer weather.  Instead their attention was drawn to the ugly splashes of paint across the siding, window, door and cement at the back entrance to the church.

So, just imagine how you would feel if this had happened to your house, or your mother’s house.  Someone in the community has no respect for others; no respect for the community, the people, the church.  Perhaps they have no respect for themselves.

Anyone having any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the police, Crime Stoppers or the church office.  Be on the lookout for anyone sporting splotches of blue, green and red on their hands or shoes.

Church representatives say they invite the culprit to phone the church and volunteer to come back and clean up the mess that you have created.