Church blessing service for Potters Bar pets

PUBLISHED: 10:39 10 September 2011

The Rev Michael Burns blesses a pet

The Rev Michael Burns blesses a pet


IT was raining cats and dogs – and budgies, guinea pigs, mice, geckos and even a tarantula, too – at a Potters Bar church.

For King Charles the Martyr Church played host to a special parade and blessing of pets service, on behalf of Potters Bar and District Scouts.

Normally the service is held outside, but inclement weather meant the hall at the Mutton Lane church had to be utilised.

And the morning worship congregation was joined by beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers, rainbows, brownies guides, and their pets – or photos of animals that could not be brought along to the church.

During the service, led by the Rev Michael Burns, prayers were said for animal charities, the Royal Veterinary College, vets, pets and their owners.

The church also presented a cheque towards the funds needed by explorer scouts for an expedition to Swaziland to help in sustainable environmental projects focusing on bee keeping, chicken farming and vegetable production.

Finally, the pets were brought to the front to receive a blessing from the vicar or reader Trevor Alexander.

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