First United Methodist Church is offering a Blessing of Animals and Caregivers this Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. during the Autumn Street Fair.
“God’s creatures deserve to be blessed and of course, as caretakers, we deserve to be blessed,” said Sally Brock. “We love our pets and we are in charge of them, but it’s not always easy. My dogs and I will get blessed together on Saturday because we will be together in heaven. I do believe there is a place in heaven for our animals. I’m one of those people who believe my dogs will be waiting for me. In my heaven, they will be there.”
The idea for the blessing came from Brock, who wanted to have her current pets blessed.
“I had approached our pastor, James Johnson, about offering a blessing of animals,” said Brock. “A couple other churches around here have offered it occasionally. I’ve never gone to them to get my animals blessed, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
The church will be offering its blessings to pets and their owners in the building beside the church, which once was City Bank. Bring your cats, dogs, fish, bunnies, etc. and prayer tokens will be given to the first 50 people/ animals registered.
“They decided to offer it during the Autumn Street Fair, which is great,” said Brock. “I see a lot of people with their dogs there. They can walk over to church and have their animal blessed.”
Anyone with any pet is welcome. Overseeing the blessing will be Rev. Dick Scott-Welch.