Kerens Presbyterian: All God’s Creatures
On the afternoon of Sunday, September 30 at the corner of Sinclair Avenue and Southeast 3rd Street in Kerens, Texas, 21 furry creatures gathered with their humans for a special blessing. The occasion was the second annual “Blessing of the Animals” at Kerens Presbyterian Church.
Beneath the shade of large live oaks, church members and guests spent time with Rev. Kathy Collier, herself a child of the church, who recalls her own baptism at Kerens at the age of 10.
“Our goal of the pet blessing is to recognize that as powerful animals ourselves, we do not always live graciously with all of God’s creatures,” says Rev. Collier. “The hope for this gathering is recognition that life is precious and every living being is a gift from God.”
In addition to the “Blessing of the Animals,” which Rev. Collier says the church hopes to host again next year, the congregation regularly supports Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services, the Presbyterian Disaster Fund, and partners with the Kerens Public Library, which was founded by the women of the church over two decades ago.
“Church members also participate in community events, provide Thanksgiving baskets to Kerens citizens, and maintain a card ministry to the lonely, ill, and grieving in our town.”
“Our community and our church are both small, and like so many Presbyterian churches our congregation is aging, but we are still actively involved in the life of Kerens.”
Belly rubs and barks are a nice way to enjoy worship once a year, while remembering the greater lesson.
“We praise the Creator and thank God for setting us as stewards over all the creatures of the earth.”
Rev. Collier’s ministry at Kerens Presbyterian Church is shared with Rev. Lynette Solomon and Rev. Julie Adkins.
Kerens Presbyterian Church is located at 310 SE 3rd Street in Kerens, Texas. Worship is held each Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
The church will celebrate 150 years of ministry in June 2019.