Cat makes peace with hamster during pet service at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, in Old Malden

Surrey Comet: Cat makes peace with hamster during church service for pets Cat makes peace with hamster during church service for pets

In heaven, as the saying goes, the lion will lie down with the lamb.

But down here on earth, supernatural levels of tolerance were needed for cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, and hamsters to settle down during a special church service for pets.

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, in Old Malden, welcomed the animals, not exactly two by two, and their owners for the service on Sunday.

One of the cats (pictured) was definitely transfixed by a nearby hamster, slightly more than a leap away, but resisted temptation.

Reverend Kevin Scott led the service in the Lady Chapel of the church and blessed the pets, which included eight cats and five dogs, and members of the congregation.

He said: "The reason we did it apart from being a good thing to do was we wanted to affirm to people that God is concerned with the whole.

"Pets generate a huge amount of love and such love comes from God."

To ensure hungry animals did not eye up little mice and to prevent dogs and cats coming to blows Rev Scott asked the 18 adults and eight children who attended to make sure everyone was safe.

He said: "There was no trouble at all. It was lovely."

Rev Scott has run the pet service before and said given its success he would definitely hold it again.

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12:40pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Jay2010 says...

Did this make me laugh? No. In all seriousness, this just made me want to smash my head against my desk. Really? People actually waste their time doing stupid things like this. I'd expect it in the States. Honestly shocked there are people this sad in our borough. All be it, do as you please, but trust me, it's ridiculous.
Did this make me laugh? No. In all seriousness, this just made me want to smash my head against my desk. Really? People actually waste their time doing stupid things like this. I'd expect it in the States. Honestly shocked there are people this sad in our borough. All be it, do as you please, but trust me, it's ridiculous. Jay2010

4:56pm Wed 3 Oct 12

fedup58 says...

Sounds very Vicar of Dibley to me! I don't think its stupid just lovely most people with pets think of thema as part of the family so why shouldn't they be included in a service, its not harming anybody, just nice!
Sounds very Vicar of Dibley to me! I don't think its stupid just lovely most people with pets think of thema as part of the family so why shouldn't they be included in a service, its not harming anybody, just nice! fedup58

5:01pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Jay2010 says...

Maybe it is my religious views. But I see it as a way of 'Drilling' religious beliefs into young people. As I stated, people are entitled to do things like this in their own time. I do things in my spare time that they would most likely find sad to be honest!
Maybe it is my religious views. But I see it as a way of 'Drilling' religious beliefs into young people. As I stated, people are entitled to do things like this in their own time. I do things in my spare time that they would most likely find sad to be honest! Jay2010

6:19pm Wed 3 Oct 12

drhowardfredrics says...

No more ridiculous than people attending a religious service.
No more ridiculous than people attending a religious service. drhowardfredrics

8:26am Thu 4 Oct 12

lordofzombies says...

Is there really this little going on in surrey that this becomes news worthy? What a pot of crap!
Is there really this little going on in surrey that this becomes news worthy? What a pot of crap! lordofzombies

11:22am Thu 4 Oct 12

Jay2010 says...

drhowardfredrics wrote:
No more ridiculous than people attending a religious service.
It's for a cat... and a hamster. It could only be more ridiculous if they used inanimate objects.
[quote][p][bold]drhowardfredrics[/bold] wrote: No more ridiculous than people attending a religious service.[/p][/quote]It's for a cat... and a hamster. It could only be more ridiculous if they used inanimate objects. Jay2010

11:50am Thu 4 Oct 12

fedup58 says...

I had thought that the one great thing about this country was that we respected ALL religions or forms of worship. I was obviously completely wrong judging by the obvious offence and ridicule in the above comments. This is still a majority Christian country whether the above with there prejudices like it or not and the values taught to children in church are a whole lot better than dished out by most parents. I am not suggesting brainwashing as with certain religions driven by fear tactics but this was so obviously harmless and the people involved enjoyed doing it.
I had thought that the one great thing about this country was that we respected ALL religions or forms of worship. I was obviously completely wrong judging by the obvious offence and ridicule in the above comments. This is still a majority Christian country whether the above with there prejudices like it or not and the values taught to children in church are a whole lot better than dished out by most parents. I am not suggesting brainwashing as with certain religions driven by fear tactics but this was so obviously harmless and the people involved enjoyed doing it. fedup58

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