Providence plans pet service

Published 9:54 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Things could get hairy — even downright snippy — during Providence United Methodist Church’s last service next Sunday.

But usually, it comes off purr-fectly, said the Rev. Garland Hines, the church’s pastor.

The community is invited to attend the Blessing of the Animals at 5 p.m. Sunday outside the church at 3105 Providence Road.

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The service is part of the United Methodist Church’s Festival of God’s Creation on April 24.

“The neighborhood is welcome to come and bring all their pets,” said Hines. “We’re having it outside … so that folks with pet horses and pigs will come.”

Although all God’s creatures are welcome, cats, dogs and gerbils tend to be the most popular critters seeking blessings from Hines.

On rare occasions, he has encountered an animal that requires an extra prayer — such as a wayward parrot that started cussing in church.

Everyone who brings their pets should keep them leashed or tethered, Hines said. To prevent any safety issues, parents are encouraged to stay with their young children.

The service is a chance for everyone to offer thanks and praise for all God has created, Hines said.

Treats and pooper scoopers will be available on site, he added.