Pet Service

Church News | Sunday, 11 September 2016 |

By Joan

The pet service

The pet service

On Sunday 11th Sep, St Mary’s Church held it’s very first ‘Pet Service’. It was a beautiful day, just perfect for a service on The Green outside the church; We must have had around thirty people attend with their dogs, there were a couple of cats and the photos of cats (you know what cats are like!) we had a few spiders join us too!

Reverend’s Anne and Julie conducted the service during which, Revd Carolyn managed to keep a safe distance? It was not quite like our usual services of course but we did sing some lovely old hymns like ‘All things bright and beautiful’ and ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’.

During the service Anne and Julie toured around the congregation finding out what animal belonged to who, what breed they were, their names and how they enhance the lives of their owners. The service came to a bit of a halt when a group photo was taken around a lovely farm set-piece. The service continued with a blessing for the animals and a blessing for the people. It was great seeing many or our regular congregation arrive with their pets and we even managed to entice a couple of people to join us as they casually walked their dogs.

During the service Revd Anne spoke to our very own 'puppy parent' Glynis who had to part with her last dog Sirius about three months ago who she had trained for a year, it was so lovely to see him blessed by Reverend Carolyn in church before he left us (hardly a dry eye in the church) and although I am sure Glynis and her family shed many a tear as Sirius departed, she was soon full of smiles as she showed us her new, four-week old puppy Garon. Garon is now sixteen weeks old and already in training, big-time.

Training dogs to assist disabled people is a truly wonderful mission to undertake, it’s not easy, you have to be dedicated and prepared to shed some tears when, after about a year of intense training your dog has to be moved on to higher training, but you are soon rewarded with a ‘new baby’.

If you are at all interested and would like to find out more about being a puppy parent, or perhaps to just to donate a little towards the charities amazing work please speak to Glynis or go here to find out more: http://caninepartners.org.uk/what-we-do/ Thank you…

Prayer: Creator God, we thank you for the beauty of your creation, and for the animals that share our lives, we pray for compassionate hearts so that we may care for, and love them always.

We stopped for a group photo

We stopped for a group photo

Yep! We had some of those too!

Yep! We had some of those too!



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