Each fall, the church hosts the Blessing of the Animals to honor the special animals in our lives. Wherever your pets are on life’s journey, they are welcome to this festive worship service, where we celebrate and give thanks for all God’s creatures, great and small. This year, the service will again be held across the street on the Town Common, and include brief readings, prayer, and individual blessings for animals on leashes, in cages, in arms, or in a picture.
Families and their pets are grouped in sections by animal to avoid conflicts between our furry friends. If you do not wish to bring your pet, you can bring a picture or a stuffed animal to represent them.
See the Winchester Star’s coverage of our 2016 Blessing of the Animals, as well as the Star’s photo gallery of the event.
All photography by Stephanie Smith.