Second annual ‘animal blessing service’ to be held in Longwood

The event has been organised following the success of the previous event back in 2019.

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District have partnered with St Marks Church in Longwood to hold their second Animal Blessing Service.

All creatures great and small are invited to join in the service and Vicar Simon Crook will not
only be holding the service but is also bringing along his beloved pet dog, duck, and chicken!

Fay Gibbons, Community Fundraiser at the local RSPCA branch said “We held our first Animal Blessing Service at St Mark’s Church in 2019. We had a wonderful turn out (both two-legged and four-legged!) and the whole atmosphere throughout was amazing. We can’t wait to greet the community and their pets again this year and it’s definitely a first to have a chicken and a duck in attendance!”

All types of animals are invited, but the branch and church ask that dogs are kept on leads and small animals (such as cats, rabbits, and other small furries/reptiles/birds) are kept safe by remaining in pet carriers. If owners have lost their pets or would find it too difficult to bring their pet along to the Church, a photograph can be blessed instead.

Image from the previous animal blessing service held in 2019

The local RSPCA animal centre is a self-funded, local charity and hopes to raise awareness of the animal welfare work it does within the Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford, and district areas – all proceeds raised on the day will be split between the branch and the church.

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District alongside St Marks Church, Longwood are holding their second Animal Blessing Service at 3.00-3.45pm on Sunday 10th October at St Marks Church, St Marks Road, Longwood, Huddersfield, HD3 4SZ.

To find out more about the Animal Blessing Service, visit or find the event on Facebook here:

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