Terriers and tortoises attend Tingle Service
PUBLISHED: 14:12 19 October 2014
A number of animals, from terriers to tortoises, were special guests at St Giles’ Church in Sidbury on Sunday.
The church hosts a Tingle Service every month, for families to worship in an informal atmosphere and, once a year, people are invited to take their pets along to take part and be blessed as well.
Around 30 people attended the occasion this year, accompanied by a whole host of four-legged friends, including guinea pigs, dogs and even five-year-old Barney the tortoise, who was brought along by Grace Oxley, also five.
The Reverend Robin Laird led the service, which included readings and some up-lifting hymns, complete with actions, for the whole congregation to enjoy.
Penny Lamb, a service leader, said that although it was a bit noisy to start with, the animals were all very well behaved.
“My border terrier, Rufus, was very interested in the two guinea pigs and he was absolutely mesmerised by the tortoise,” she added.
Cakes and coffee were enjoyed by all after the service and one churchgoer, Maisy, even made a cake and spelt out the word ‘pets’ on it in honour of the occasion.
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