Prayer benches were stolen from a church in Southington.
Two benches were taken from the garden at First Baptist Church. They were at the church for about a month before someone hauled them away.
“They would come sit here and read, because as you can see, it's shady, it's lovely, it's a beautiful place to be,” First Baptist Church Pastor Sharon Holt said.
Many seek refugee from the heat in the church garden.
“It was yesterday morning when a Bible study class came out and said, 'where are our chairs,'” Holt said.
Holt said these benches meant a lot to her congregation of about 100.
“It's sad that somebody would feel like they needed to steal from a church, it's not like we're a wealthy church,” Holt said. “Here, we were trying to provide something for the whole community to enjoy.”
The benches were made of wrought iron.
“They're very heavy, so somebody had to come with a buddy and a pickup truck and put them in the truck and drove off,” Holt said.
This garden started out as an Eagle Scout project, but then turned into a pastime here at the church
“They were important to us and to everybody who had the chance to use them,” Holt said. “Our prayer garden is at a loss.”
Holt said the benches really didn't cost that much, it just meant a lot to them. If the benches don't come back, Holt said the church will buy new ones, but will probably secure them.
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