A blessing for pets at church service

St Nicholas church in Dereham held a pet service. Picture: Evelyn Speed

St Nicholas church in Dereham held a pet service. Picture: Evelyn Speed - Credit: Evelyn Speed

St Nicholas Church in Dereham opened its doors to furry friends on Sunday morning, for their Pet Service.

St Nicholas church in Dereham held a pet service. Picture: Evelyn Speed

St Nicholas church in Dereham held a pet service. Picture: Evelyn Speed - Credit: Evelyn Speed

Dogs were there in abundance for this noisy but fun service in all shapes and sizes, ranging from miniature chihuahuas to a Burmese mountain dog.

All animals received a blessing form Rev Sally Theakston and Rev Dominique Turnham, while there were animal themed prayers and hymns.

Some people brought photographs of their pets to be blessed, and deceased pets were also remembered.

The Dereham and district team ministry offer a warm welcome to any of their services.

Morning Prayer is said daily Monday to Friday in St Nicholas' Lady Chapel at 8.45am. For more information about services run by the ministry go to the website www.derehamanddistrict team.org.uk/church-life/services/