BRYAN COUNTY, GA – APRIL 13, 2021 – Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church and the Bryan County Bark Park are teaming up for a “Blessing of the Pets” from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 1 at the Bark Park, located inside Dee Henderson Park off Ga. 144 and Capt. Matthew Freeman Drive.
The Rev. Devin Strong, pastor at Spirit of Peace, will be conducting the blessings. He said the church has previously conducted pet blessings that were very popular, and they wanted to offer it as an option again, now that COVID-19 rates are subsiding.
“Any ‘pet parent’ will tell you that animals are our pets, and more than that, they’re a very important part of our lives,” Strong said.
For over a year now, the pandemic has left many people isolated in their homes or at least unable to go out and socialize as often as they did pre-COVID. Subsequently, animals have taken on increased importance for when it comes to providing companionship and comfort.
“The pets certainly deserve a blessing for the faithful service and happiness they offer their owners, and families deserve a chance to come out and enjoy the safely distanced company of other animal-loving folks,” Strong said.
Pet owners are encouraged to bring their “fur kids” to the Bark Park any time between 10 a.m.-noon May 1 for a blessing, but patience is encouraged as this event previously has drawn many animal lovers. All pets are welcome as long as they are even-tempered and not averse to crowds. Spirit of Peace will provide free treats for dogs and bottled water for their human companions.
For the health and safety of all attendees, social distancing will be encouraged. Leashes are not needed inside the fenced areas of the Bark Park, but pets should be on a leash as they’re being escorted to and from vehicles and the park. All pet owners are asked to clean up after their pets.
The Bryan County Bark Park Board of Directors is pleased to partner with Spirit of Peace for the event, and Board President Wendy Bolton encourages the community to attend for a morning of fun.
“Pet blessings are always entertaining and so much fun to watch, as all the animals are excited to interact with each other and meet new ‘friends.’ It’s so cute! The Bark Park is the perfect venue to bring everyone together for this occasion. We installed our agility course not long ago, so that’s a lot of fun for dogs, and there’s plenty of space. Come out and enjoy,” Bolton said.
Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church’s mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ministry, promoting a lifestyle of worship and loving service through word and prayer so that all of God’s children will know Christ’s transforming joy. For more information about this event or Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church, please visit www.spiritofpeacelutheran.org.
The Bark strives to provide a clean and well-maintained environment for all responsible dog owners in the community, where dogs can safely play and socialize off-leash. Since its inception as a registered nonprofit in 2012, the Bark Park’s success has been ensured by the support of community volunteers, sponsors and the Bryan County Department of Parks and Recreation. To learn more about the Bark Park, visit www.bryanbarkpark.com.
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