Article and images by Jonathan White
St Peter’s Church in Crewe held its inaugural ‘Pet Blessing Service’ on the afternoon of Sunday 19th May 2019.
The service was led by Rev Catherine Cleghorn with support from Rev Jane Colley and included worship, singing, a bible reading, a short talk, and blessings to celebrate the place that pets have in our lives and in God’s kingdom.
The congregation brought along their rabbits, cats, dogs – and even a bantam chicken – to be blessed. Children brought cuddly toys, and there were also people dressed as animals.
A prayer during the service read: “Lord God, we thank you for all the wonderful animals that you created.
“We thank you that you chose us to be made in your image and that you gave us the responsibility of caring for the whole of your creation.
“We thank you especially for the pets that share our lives, for the joy that they bring and for the love that they teach us.
“We pray that you help us to love them as you love us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
The final hymn was ‘All creatures of our God and King’.
Refreshments, including cupcakes with animal designs, were available after the service.
Rev Cleghorn was also interviewed live on-air at BBC Radio Stoke by presenter Stuart George for the Sunday breakfast show on the morning of the service.
Rev Cleghorn said: “It was great to see people of all ages enjoying spending time in church with their pets!
“We’re so grateful to everyone who helped to organise and promote the service and to everyone who attended.”
Weekly services at St Peter’s Church are: Sunday (9am) Holy Communion, Wednesday (9am) Morning Prayer, Wednesday (11am) Holy Communion.
For further information relating to St Peter’s Church, Crewe please contact Rev Catherine Cleghorn on 01270 560 310 or visit www.stpeterscrewe.org.uk