Londonderry church blesses pets
Sue Kimball, with her poodle, Molly, sang along to "All Things Bright And Beautiful" during he outdoor Blessing of the Pets service at Londonderry Presbyterian Church earlier this month. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Now living in Derry, she said she even brought her furry friends to the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral once or twice.
So when she heard that Londonderry Presbyterian Church was hosting a public blessing of the pets earlier this month, she knew right away she and her tuxedo cat, Zoe, would be in attendance along with her sister, Pat Purcell, and Persian cat friend Octavia.
Church officials opted to host the pet-blessing service, the first of its kind, outdoors in the yard behind the Naylor House, a church-owned building used for storage.
“God doesn’t live inside a building,” Singleton said. “And this outdoor spot is truly a sanctuary of God.”
The singing of animal-appropriate hymns such as “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “This is My Father’s World” further set the stage for some one-on-one blessings.
She encouraged the makeshift congregation to do as their pets do and “pray” with their eyes wide open.
Members of Londonderry Boy Scout Troop 426, along with church officials, made sure there were plenty of pet treats to go around, as well as bottled waters and hot coffee for human congregants. A complimentary pet portrait photo shoot rounded out the morning’s festivities.
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