Caring for Animals
Many people today live with cats, dogs, and other animals that they consider to be members of the family. If that describes you, know that you’re in good company at Derry Presbyterian Church.
Derry’s Animal Companion Care program exists to help you with short-term care for your animals if you have a health or family emergency. We don’t want you to have to worry about your animals while you’re in the midst of coping with a crisis in your life.
Just contact the church office and we’ll get you connected with the program coordinator who will mobilize the volunteers. The Animal Companion Care volunteers can also help you if your animal is very ill or dies, and you need someone to talk to or to help you with burying or memorializing your animal.
A resource book of prayers (for sick or dying animals and for burying a beloved pet) is available from the church office or at the Information Center near the main sanctuary.
Celebrating the Gift of Animals
An annual outdoor worship service held on a Tuesday evening in late August celebrates all of God’s creatures and their presence in our lives. The informal 45-minute worship service includes praise songs and hymns in addition to hands-on prayers for the animals and the people with whom they live.
Animals on leash, in a kennel, or otherwise controlled are invited to attend along with their owners. Worshippers can also bring photographs of their pets.