Posted by: place holder | September 6, 2013

Katonah United Methodist Church


Katonah United Methodist Church

September 5, 2013

Blessing of the Animals in Katonah

On Sunday, September 22, Katonah United Methodist Church will hold a Blessing of the Animals as part of its regular worship service at 10 am.

When asked about the reason for the service, the pastor, the Rev. Melissa Boyer explained, “I have often noticed the deep bond between humans and their pets. These animals provide so much entertainment, joy and comfort to their companions that we should take this opportunity to celebrate that profound and important relationship. After all, animals are God’s beloved creations too, just as humans are. So it’s entirely fitting that we acknowledge our gratitude for these companions as well as our responsibility to them in this spiritual way. Also, it’s always important to remember that God’s creation is not just about us humans. We should take our stewardship of God’s creation seriously.”

Members and friends of the congregation are invited to bring their pets to church with them for this service to honor and bless them. For the health and safety of all the animals, participants are urged to bring their animal companion on a leash or in an appropriate carrier. If your pet is afraid of crowds or riding in a carrier, you can bring a photo of your pet and receive a blessing for it.

Weather permitting, the service will be held on the church’s front lawn. There will be plenty of time for photographs after the service during the fellowship hour.

The church is located at 5 Bedford Road in Katonah. For more information the church phone number is (914) 232-4094. It’s website address is The church can also be contacted via email at

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