On Sunday, Oct. 7, churches around the world will celebrate something that St. Francis of Assisi started almost 800 years ago: blessing our animals. It was Francis who first introduced the idea that human beings are only one of a myriad of creations of God and that all are blessed in God's "eyes." The feast day of St. Francis (the day that he died) is celebrated every year on October 4, and blessing of the animal services are usually scheduled for the Sunday closest to that day.
You are invited to bring your pet(s), to Aldersgate UMC for them to receive a blessing at 3:00 pm in the field by the picnic shelter. Those whose pets have died may bring a picture of them and we will offer a prayer of remembrance. You are encouraged to invite your friends to bring their pet(s). This will be a wonderful day of celebration and remembering. We do ask that you bring your pet(s) on a leash or in a carrier. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating our wonderful gifts from God.