WV church hit by arson

UPDATE (6pm): According to reports in the local paper, a 12 year old has been arrested and charged.  No motive has been made public yet.  The parish’s Facebook page is asking for prayers for her.


St John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington, West Virginia, was attacked by arson on the evening of Easter Monday.

They say on their Facebook page:

On Monday evening someone broke into the church and set a fire to our altar. We give thanks to God for the fire fighters, police, neighbors and parishioners who responded.

Tuesday night, 7 pm come pray with us as we grieve for our loss but also celebrate all that was not lost. In this Easter time we gaze at ashes and still proclaim: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

A later update says that insurance will cover the damage caused by the fire. A community meal scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled, but a prayer service will be held tonight at 7pm at the church.

St John’s website is here. Photos via St John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington, WV on Facebook.

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  1. Prayers from Christ Church + Washington Parish. I share in your upset. Am so glad no lives were lost. Do not understand why people would do something like this. My God heal them.

  2. Sheryl Sims

    God bless you all. We thank the Lord that no one was hurt. May God heal our land from the hate and hurt that plagues it in this broken world. (Daughters of the King, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Alex., VA)

  3. I am grieved of heart for your suffering for the loss .I give prayers of thanksgiving that no one was injured and, that insurance will cover damages. God is with.

  4. Dee Anne

    Prayers ascending from this WV girl transplanted to CT.

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