bring my dog to your services too?

Connecticut Church Holds Pet-Friendly Service

POSTED: 8:08 a.m. EST November 21, 2003

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The joyful noise at a Connecticut church is often dogs barking.

If you could bring your pet to a place of worship, would you be more likely to attend?

Once each month, St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford holds a service at which people can bring their pets. The Rev. Molly McGreevy said, "We don't mind the noise -- that's just the animals praying."

The services include communion -- for the people, not the animals.

But the Rev. Bartlett Gage, who pastors another Episcopal congregation in Stamford, doesn't intend to follow St. Francis's example. He said that while animals are important in people's lives, they have no place romping in the pews.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.