Unfortunately the media has taken a story and got the facts slightly wrong. We are holding our annual pet service this Sunday where we will be celebrating our pets. Pets and their owners will be coming into church. This year however, we are inviting people to tweet in responses to questions about their pets at home, which we will be sending out during the service. Simple as that. No ‘blessing over twitter’ which the media have invented. Also Rev’d Claire Isherwood is not part of this service. Hope that sets the record straight.
This year, we really want to hear about your pets or the animals you look after, wherever you are, and we’re going to use Twitter to help us. If you can’t make it to our annual pet service on 20 May at 9.30am or 11.15am, then join us live on twitter.
Our pets are all part of God's wonderful creation, and an important part of the family. As it says in Matthew 10:29, ‘Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care’. Since animals can’t normally go to church, we reserve one day a year as a special day to include them and celebrate them.
We wanted a way to open up St Paul’s to the people in the wider community, so everyone can take part in our annual pet service, even if they can’t make it physically. We have formed good relationships in our parish using Twitter, so it’s the obvious way to hear about your pets.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care – Matthew 10:29.
We shall be tweeting from the pet service, and using a twitterfall to display the responses to our questions about your animals on our big screen at St Paul’s. If you have a pet, we would love to hear about them, and send us a photo too. If you work in a zoo or wildlife sanctuary, then please join in and tell us about the more unusual animals you look after.
So, look out for the hashtag #PaulsPets between 9.45-10.10am and again between 11.30-11.55am on Sunday 20 May. We will post a few questions asking you about your pet or animal you look after, from our twitter account @StPaulsCamb .
Please spread the word!