‘Overwhelming’ support arrives for vandalised Perthshire church

The minister of a vandalised church in Perthshire has told of the “overwhelming” support she has received from across the country.

Blackford Parish Church
Blackford Parish Church.

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused during a break-in at Blackford Parish Church five weeks ago.

Now the congregation are attending worship at the local primary school as repair work is carried out on the 160-year-old building.

A return to the kirk has been indefinitely delayed after it emerged asbestos was found in the vandalised pipe organ.

Love and support

Minister Rev Mairi Perkins, in her first charge for the Kirk, said: “It is said that God moves in mysterious ways and these last five weeks have certainly been a mystery to us in the way in which it has produced some of the most amazing opportunities to witness to God in places, ways and in people we could never have imagined.

“The love, help and support from Blackford, Ardoch, the wider ecumenical church, police and so many others has been overwhelming. Church without walls and missional church has certainly taken on a new reality for us.

“This delay in returning to the church is just another challenge of which there are many as we go through uncertain but exciting and positive times in our faith journey together with the words of Isiah 40 :-31 ringing in our ears:

"But those who wait on the Lord for help will find their strength renewed.

"They will soar on wings like eagles.

"They will run and not grow weary.

"They will walk and not grow old."

Court

A man and a woman from Auchterarder have appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court in connection with the incident.

The Parish of Blackford was formerly the Parish of Strageath founded by St. Fergus in the eighth century.

Its name was changed to Blackford in 1617 by an Act of Parliament.

The present Blackford Parish Church was built in 1859.