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All creatures, big and small, are welcomed to a special church service in a village in Northallerton this Sunday.
St Helena’s Church in Ainderby Steeple is holding its first ‘Pet Blessing Service’ on Sunday July 10 at 2pm.
Inspired by the animal service in the much-loved TV program The Vicar of Dibley, churches across the country have welcomed pets and their owners to services and now St Helen’s Church will host its own.
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Members of the public are encouraged to bring their pets to the church, where Reverend Jenni Lane will lead the service.
Congregation member and volunteer helping to organize the event, Diane Jennings, said: “We look forward to welcoming families and their pets to the service.
“People are welcome to bring their real life dogs or cats, or just a photo or even a comforter if they prefer.
“During the service, we will give thanks for our pets and the joy they bring.
“Pets hold a very special place in many families, bringing love and companionship to their owners.
“We hope this event will attract people to the church for the first time.
“At St Helen’s we do more than just Sunday services.
“We run youth groups during the week, as well as adult activities throughout the year, including pudding nights and concerts/music concerts.
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“The church is an important part of the community and we would love to welcome some new faces this Sunday.”
Dogs must be kept on a leash at the service and small animals must be transported in suitable cages.
Dress according to the weather as the service is expected to take place outdoors and attendees are advised to bring a blanket or folding chair.
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