A school’s chapel congregation has been boosted by the presence of some furry friends.
Solihull Junior School pupils were invited to take along their pets or favourite cuddly toys to be blessed at the school’s annual chapel pet service.
Youngsters from the independent school didn’t disappoint, as pets varying from stick insects to a very vocal chicken joined the service, with around 40 animals enjoying the blessing, which was taken by the school’s chaplain Reverend Andrew Hutchinson.
Hymns for the service were the appropriately-themed All Things Bright and Beautiful, Rise and Shine and If I Were A Butterfly, while readings were also geared towards the animals who were being blessed.
Michael Jones, deputy headmaster at the junior school, said: “The children, and animals, seemed to enjoy it very much and it was wonderful to see such a good turn-out at what is becoming a very popular annual service.”