In many cultures, a pet is more than a little companion, they are also a member of the family (fur babies, anyone?). In the Methodist Church, they take this love a step further by hosting a Blessing of the Pets. At this ceremony, following a performance of songs and prayer, the congregation shows their love, care, and concern for creation and recognize their mutual interdependence with God’s creatures. We were honored to capture this ceremony at Northside United Methodist Church and were especially excited to meet the furry friends of the church’s parishioners. Here’s hoping next year’s ceremony has a few fish and birds in attendance!