A young Lexington County church is worshipping in a different way now.
The 12 Springs Church on Leaphart Road in West Columbia is having a quieter service after all its musical equipment was stolen. In total, $17,000 worth of gear was stolen, according to Amy DuBois, who’s with the church. But the congregation is no less fervent in its worship.
Typically on a Sunday at 12 Springs, drums and electric bass with amplified keyboards and guitar would come out over a PA system as they praise the Lord with music. But after a robbery that took place between August 5 and 12, they’re using acoustic instruments. While the pastor of the church says members felt violated, he and his congregation are refraining from spite.
“That was the words that stood out to me, people said ‘I feel violated,’” said Scott Robertson, the pastor. “That’s probably how most of them felt, but they’re also met with a little excitement and anticipation of what God might do.”
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The musical equipment was stored in a pull-behind, enclosed trailer behind the church. Video surveillance shows a truck going into the church parking lot, behind the house of worship, and pulling away with a trailer. The video is time-stamped Aug. 7 at about 9:30 p.m., according to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson.
The Sunday after the gear went missing, 12 Springs continued with its mission and the music, just a bit softer.
“I really don’t know how to say it better than this, but all of our equipment was stolen,” said Samantha Kestner Harper, a member of 12 Springs’ worship team during the first service after the theft. “We just found out about it this morning. I’m actually not mad about it.”
The church was founded in January. The equipment and music aspect of 12 Springs was fundamental in building up the congregation, Robertson said.
“Without the equipment, it would’ve been very difficult to try to be as successful,” Robertson said. “We’re doing pretty well. To lose it means we lost a big part of that story.”
Trailer theft is an issue in South Carolina. In December, The State ran a story on the stealing of Ernest “Chicken Man” Lee’s trailer. Earlier this month 100,000 bullets and firearms were stolen from trailers at a gun show.
The setback at 12 Springs gave Robertson a renewed vision for his church.
“I was reminded that I don’t need any of that to worship,” Robertson said. “I was reminded by that Sunday morning as I was waiting for the deputies to come. We don’t need any of it, but we sure could use it.”