Sunday 10th September is the date chosen for this year’s Annual Pet’s Service at St Peter’s Church, Hayton. This is always a popular event in the village.
The organisers always hope for good weather as it is very pleasant to come a little earlier and stroll around the churchyard and have a chat before going into the church for the short service. Representatives of the various animal charities are also invited and have a stall to talk about their work and help them raise funds.
The service is very informal with a couple of cheerful hymns. Over the years many different animals have attended — up to 30 dogs, a few cats, odd numbers of rabbits, hamsters, once a horse and last year a hive of 3,000 bees. All are so welcome to be blessed by the vicar, Reverend Mark Cantrill. The animals sit with their owners, occasionally joining in with the hymns with a wuff or miaow which everyone loves to hear. A mop and bucket is ready should any accidents occur (which is rare) so owners need not worry about that. After the service humans are invited to stay and have a cuppa and a piece of cake and of course, there are bowls of water and biscuits for the animals.
So, why not make your way to St Peter’s for this our own very special Pets Service — with or without an animal?