Kidderminster West's pet blessing service

Published: 5th October 2020

On St Francis’ Day (Sunday 4 October) the Kidderminster West team held their annual Pet Blessing service – this year with a difference! 

The team decided to hold the service outside to minimise infection risk and were praying for good weather after all the rain.  Amazingly, despite a very wet morning, the sun came out as people brought their pets to St John's church.

Everyone gathered in the churchyard for an opening prayer, keeping safe distances from each other.  Next, people walked their dogs round the church following a trail exploring the stories of St Francis and different animals, with opportunities to reflect on what Francis’ life teaches us, and to pause to say some prayers.  Finally people brought their dogs for a blessing, as we played animal-related songs and hymns on a portable PA system.

Team Vicar Laura Betson said: "We loved having all the pets and their owners visit church! This year it was a gathering of beautiful dogs who came with their owners.  The dogs were of many different breeds, and we even had one large soft toy!  And St Francis’ story reminded us that living creatures are our brothers and sisters, that we should care for our own animals, and do our bit to protect the world around us – God’s wonderful creation."

If you would like to walk the St Francis trail virtually, you can find it on the Kidderminster West team's Facebook page


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