4th Sunday in October
At a young Parishioners request, Fr Michael developed a Special Service after the 10am in October 2012 with a peaceful garden setting. Recognizing St Francis of Assisi – “Blessing of our Pets,” is now a regular event on the 4th Sunday in October, you can join Parishioners (outside) and bring your Pet for a Blessing and Certificate. Many cats and dogs, “Chops’ the Lamb features regularly and a few unusual pets have caught the Rector by surprise!
In 2017, the story of St Francis of Assisi featured in our evening Family Worship with games, a data projected Team Crossword puzzle and meal of Chicken and Salad with Sausages for those meat lovers….and appreciation to those wonderful cooks who supplied the delicious cakes and slices.
The Pets stayed at home this year, however Fr Alan Jarrad (Locum) was kind enough to led the Prayers for our beloved Pets:
|Fr Alan||Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us; for the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea;||We thank you, Lord|
|Zoe||For the richness of the mountains, plains and rivers;||We thank you, Lord|
|Eliza||For green fields and healthy crops; for the produce of the land and food on our tables||We thank you, Lord|
|Tom||For the human race; for peace in troubled areas; for health and safety of all nations||We thank you, Lord|
|Eliza||For the creatures that breathe, and move, and have life; for rich pastures and cleans seas and waterways||We thank you, Lord|
|Ben||For the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers and trees; and for the beauty of the earth||We thank you, Lord|
|Zoe||For the trust you have shown in giving into our care, our Pets;||We thank you, Lord|
|Tom||For pets we have loved that are no longer with us||We thank you, Lord|
|Ben||That each pet may be treasured with care||We thank you, Lord|
|Fr Alan||That we may love and honour all of your works, O God, that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation;||We thank you, Lord|