Every year that passes the Pet Service brings together much
loved pets of all shapes and sizes and this year was no
exception. No stick insects, rabbits or the like this year
but plenty of incredibly well behaved dogs (one of whom
insisted in joining in the Hymns!) and lots of pictures of
cats including one which had gone missing and we prayed for
We were blessed with a talk on ‘Pets Help Humans’ by Derick
‘Oscar’ Wilde from the Pets as Therapy Charity, accompanied
by his faithful companion Zak.
Derick spends his retirement with Zak visiting places like
hospitals to visit sick patients and bring some happy
moments to those in need.
Fr Ray Whelan conducted the service and, as every year, the
individual blessing of each pet and those with treasured
photos of loved ones was a wonderful highlight.
What is particularly heartening is that as a result of the
Pets Service we now have some newcomers to our regular
Sunday service which is very encouraging. Thanks also to
Chris Wall for providing the musical accompaniment for this
very special and to Elaine Green our churchwarden of making
all the arrangements for a speaker from a much deserving