For more than 15 years, the Round Hill Community Church congregation has dedicated a Sunday worship service to focus on God’s gift of animals and to give thanks for the role that animals hold in our lives. This special service is typically observed on or near the Sunday closest to October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. It serves as a reminder of St. Francis’ love of nature and God’s desire for humans to be responsible stewards of their domestic pets and by extension the entire world.
“The love we give to a pet and receive from a pet, can draw us more deeply into the larger circle of life, into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator,” says the Rev. Dan Haugh, Associate Pastor at Round Hill Community Church and master of Billy, a beautiful Pointer-hound mix that his family rescued from Wags Rescue in Richboro, PA. “The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship; a human and their animal companion are two creatures of unconditional love.
Members of the wider community and their pets are invited to join in this non-denominational service. Pets should be kept in carriers, cages, or on a leash during the service. People may also bring a picture in memory of pets who have died and children are welcome to bring their favorite stuffed animal. This year’s service will be held at 10:00am on Sunday, September 29 at the Round Hill Community House, located right next to the Church at 397 Round Hill Road in Greenwich, CT.
Following the service, Dr. Marcus Suppo, DVM, will be offering Rabies Vaccines for $15 (usually $35+) and Lyme and Heart Worm testing for $35 (usually $75+). Additionally, there will also be a special coffee hour with tasty treats for both humans and animals. For information, please call the church office at 203-869-1091 or visit www.