Blessing of the K-9 dogs and their officer handlers
October 10, 2020 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, Covington, Georgia and the Newton County, Georgia Sherriff's Office
Fr. Edwin Beckham, Rector (senior priest) of the Church of the Good Shepherd worked with Ms. Caitlin Jett (communications for Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown) to set up a time when Fr. Beckham could meet up with the sheriff’s K-9 units, get to know them a little bit, give thanks for them and the officers involved, and offer a blessing for the dogs. The timing with Faith and Blue Weekend was good, as it was just one week after the feast day of St. Francis – the great Christian saint of the 13th century know for his love for all animals – when many churches offer a “Blessing of the Animals” for folks to bring their pets for a blessing by the clergy. This is a natural extension of that annual commemoration for Christians wanting to build bridges with law enforcement in their communities.