Blessing of the Animals
Each year on or near the Feast Day of St. Francis, which falls on October 4th, there are requests for a liturgy of blessing for animals. This practice has a history at St. Andrew UMC, sometimes taking place in the Spring, near Easter, as a celebration of new life. This year, 2011, we will be celebrating the Blessing of the Animals October 2nd.
We have the all church campout on October 1 and 2 here at the church. We will be using this time to remember the simple times when people lived together in small communities, with the animals living in and among the people.
We invite all persons of the church, the Happy Hollow Preschool, the Music Academy and other members of the Santa Maria Valley Community to join us, with your pets invited as well. We will be outside on our courtyard lawn. Large animals may be staked along the side yard of the church, near the outdoor chapel, and small pets are invited in appropriate carrying cases. If you need space for a horse trailer or otherwise, we do have space for these vehicles on our upper parking lot in the dirt area.
We have incorporated the Blessing of the Animals into the normal order of worship, and we will celebrate Communion as well, as we usually do the First Sunday of the Month.
For more information, please feel free to call the church office (805)937-2470, or my phone (805)421-3521, or even send me an email email@example.com
Blessings in advance.