Everyone is welcome inside Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Pets and other animals — not so much.
But this Sunday (April 28, noon to 2 p.m.), every living thing will be welcome at the sweeping front lawn, on the Post Road just a dogleg from Myrtle Avenue.
Westport Animal Shelter Advocates joins the church in co-hosting a Blessing of the Animals.
All are welcome to bring a pet leashed, or safely contained (recommended for pythons). You can also bring a photo, for an individual prayer of blessing (probably even better for that python).
Rev. Alison Buttrick Patton will lead the service. She’ll include all wildlife in her prayers.
She’ll give special blessing to Westport’s ospreys, for their continued protection and a successful nesting season. A banner will feature photos of the raptors, all originally posted on “06880.”
Representatives from Wildlife in Crisis will be there too. They’ll answer questions about local wildlife, and discuss their rehabilitative and release efforts.
Also on site: Susie Collins of Sitting Pretty Dog Training.
Our pets and wildlife are true blessings.
On Sunday, Rev. Patton is honored to bless them.
(For more information, call 203-557-0361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The rain date is Sunday, May 5.)