Graffiti artists invited to ''tag'' new Sparks church

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- Members of a Sparks congregation weren't upset to find graffiti on the walls of their church this Easter.

The Summit Christian Church had invited artists to ''tag'' the wooden skeleton walls of the building, which is under construction.

The artists wrote Bible verses and personal testaments on the walls, which will be hidden behind drywall and insulation when construction is finished.

''One of the things that is very important to us is to base everything out of the Bible,'' Pastor Steven Bond said. ''So we thought that it would be a really cool thing to put Scripture on the walls before they are sealed up. This way, the Bible is stuck into the fabric of the building.''

Bond also was trying to reach out to his younger congregants, many of whom accepted the invitation.

''It's kind of neat to think that what I wrote here will be here forever,'' teen-ager Anna Mahouts said.



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