DOGS, cats and even a bearded dragon were among the congregation for a church service with a difference.
Quaystone Chapel in Connah’s Quay held the special animals’ service in aid of Capricorn Animal Rescue Centre in Padeswood.
The offbeat service – which saw pooches and moggies blessed by a priest – are held twice a year at Quaystone Chapel and Bithell Chapel in Holywell.
The Reverend James Thompson, patron of the rescue centre, took the service before stepping down from the pulpit to bless the four-legged congregation.
Sheila Stewart, who runs Capricorn, said that as well as about 20 dogs, the service was attended by a couple of cats and bearded dragon Tony, who is recovering from a broken leg.
“He needed blessing,” said Sheila.
“And I had to take something different!
“The whole thing was great. Afterwards we had tea and biscuits and they raised about £80 for us.”
She said the pets were incredibly well behaved in the houses of God.
“There’s no barking or growling,” she said.
“They seem to realise when they come in.”
She said at a previous service, the little dog she had with her even bowed her head during the prayers.
As well as raising money for the animal centre, she said the events were also to make people aware that animals were welcomed at church.
“They can go to every service at Bithell Chapel,” she said.
“People don’t realise that.”
Sheila thanked all those who attended the pet service.
And she said a special thank you to organisers Derek and Beryl Lea and to Rev Thompson and his wife Doreen.