All Creatures Great (Dane) And Small (parakeets)
“Pet Blessing” for the entire community
St. John’s on the Lake
October 3, 11 a.m.
St. John’s sanctuary
4760 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach
Realizing that four legged and finned companions are an integral part of many families, St. John’s on the Lake United Methodist Church is once again hosting a favorite community tradition
with St. John’s new Pastor Chris McNeill conducting the eighth annual “pet blessing” service on Sunday, October 3, at 11 a.m. in the St. John’s sanctuary. The pet blessing is free and open to the entire community.
Well-behaved pets and their human companions of all faiths and denominations are welcome at this special service. Following the service, St. John’s congregation and their pet guests will host a special “yappy hour” on the church’s outdoor patio overlooking Surprise Lake. New this year will be a pet adoption and fundraising drive for Spotted Dog Animal Rescue.
“The annual pet blessing is one of our favorite and most heartwarming community events,” said Pastor McNeill. “Our furry, finned and feathered family members are such a special part of our lives. This service gives us a chance to affirm that ‘all creatures, great and small’ are deserving of our love and care.”
St. John’s on the Lake was founded in Miami Beach in the 1920s in an upper room of Smith’s Casino on Ocean Drive, south of First Street. Today, St. John’s is celebrating its 10th year as Florida’s only Reconciling Ministry. The Reconciling Ministries Network is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people in the United Methodist Church, embracing the entire spectrum of race, age, gender, family status, sexual orientation, heritage, physical ability, economic status, and religious background.