special 'Pets' service took place at Upton Bishop Church
on Sunday 8th May, to which people of the village were
invited to bring along their pets. The service, led by
Nick Read, Agricultural Chaplain for the diocese was the
idea of Doreen Floyd and took a year to organize.
Services' have been held for some years now at various
churches but Sunday was a first for such an event to take
place in Upton Bishop. Chaplain, Nick Read commented that
there is some real theology in the idea, Saint Francis
himself making a point of being kind to all animals.
congregation included many dogs, kittens, some sheep and
a cockerel. The dogs were surprisingly well behaved. Pictured
below are some of the congregation, after the service
with their pets, Alex Newman inside the church with his
cockerel - Boris and Jacky Thompson with her sheep.