Annual pet service is held at church in Pakefield

Pakefield Church Pet Service. Canon Bob Baker with Badger the horse.

Pakefield Church Pet Service. Canon Bob Baker with Badger the horse. - Credit: Archant

A church service with a difference took place in Pakefield where a considerable number of dogs, a rabbit and even a horse were the centre of attention.

The Pakefield puppets perform.

The Pakefield puppets perform. - Credit: Archant

It was all part of the annual pet service held on the Pakefield Church Hall field, as different breeds of our four-legged friends, a small white rabbit and a horse named Badger

from Pakefield Riding School, congregated for a special blessing and to enjoy each others' company in the sunshine.

The service ended with the reading of the Lords Prayer and the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, led by Canon Bob Baker.

He described how the event, now in its fifth year, was 'enjoyed by everyone involved'.

Pakefield Church Pet Service. Pictures: Mick Howes

Pakefield Church Pet Service. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

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'There was lots of singing and the opportunity for us to praise God and to show our love to the pets.

'There were a lot of dogs and one lady even came all the way from Kessingland after seeing it in The Journal.'

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The popular Pakefield puppets also entertained guests as they performed a sketch along with their song Lovely Jubbly, which was well received.

Canon Baker added that despite the fact that Badger the horse 'kept interrupting proceedings by neighing loudly', it was all fun and games and added to the 'great atmosphere'.

'People love their pets and don't often come to outdoor services, so everyone really enjoyed themselves,' he added.

'The puppets came out to sing and they did lots of action songs.'

The Reverend Mark Capron, who assisted with the blessings of the pets, added: 'The event went very well, with lots of pets and people enjoying the sun praising God.'

The next outdoor event to be organised by the church will be the Blessing of the Herring, which takes place outside the Oddfellows pub on October 18.

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