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Honing Church’s special pet service

16:04 13 May 2014

Honing church pet service.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Honing church pet service. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Dogs, cats, hens and a parrot gathered together alongside their human companions in a pet service at Honing Church near North Walsham.

Honing church pet service.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYHoning church pet service. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The service included hymns and prayers with a blessing for each of the pets and their owners.

The Rev Barry Furness, who took the service, also runs the pet services in his other parishes of Crostwight, Dilham and Smallburgh.

He said: “There are a number of people who are on their own and have a pet, which is their life. We should celebrate that. The service was wonderful and the animals were very well behaved. They had great fun afterwards meeting each other.

“Animals give a love that requires no demands. However badly we behave, the pets show that affection and humans can learn from that. They forgive so quickly and are a calming influence.”

The pet service has grown from when Rev Furness allowed a couple who had a rescue dog to bring it into worship three years ago as it could not be left alone.

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