Blessing of the Animals

Kensington Congregational Church to Host Blessing of the Animals: Sunday, October 17th

Kensington, NH (October 17th, 2021):  Welcoming the flock will take on new meaning at Kensington Congregational Church for one day in mid-October when furry, winged and hoofed creatures are invited to come receive a blessing.

The Blessing of the Animals will take place in the parking lot across Osgood Street from the church, which is located at 108 Amesbury Road (corner of Osgood and Amesbury). The brief service will begin at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 9:15.

During the program, dogs, cats and other animals will be honored as beloved members of God’s Creation. Each will receive a blessing (and maybe a treat, with owners’ permission) from Interim Minister Jeff MacDonald. 

Local Jersey cows have mooed their approval for this event in years past. A young calf on a nearby farm is reportedly looking forward to taking part this year.

To keep things orderly, all animals must be under their owners’ control at all times – i.e., either on a leash or in a closed crate. Pets displaying exceptional vocal talents could be recruited for the KCC choir.

A Blessing of the Animals is a traditional event associated with St. Francis, a 13th century monk known for witnessing to God’s love for all people and species. The Feast of Saint Francis is marked on Oct. 4.

Fall Workshop

The Kensington Congregational Church hosts Fall Workshop about the Best ways to support your aging parents on October 13th at 4pm. Is free and Space is limited, reservation required call the church office at 603-772-5821. Kensington Congregational Church is located on Route 150 in the center of town.  

13th Annual Apple Harvest Day

13th Annual Apple Harvest Day on Saturday, October 2nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. all over Downtown Dover and Henry Law Park. Free admission. A day-long family event, featuring more than 200 crafters and vendors, great food, live entertainment, kids activities, a 5k road race, and more. The event was first held in 1985 and now draws more than 50,000 people to downtown Dover, making it one of the most popular regional fall festivals.

Annual Tall Sips Brewfest

Annual Tall Sips Brewfest fundraising event will be held at the Hampton Airfield, 9A Lafayette Road, North Hampton, from 4 to 7 p.m. on September 18th. Admission is $35 per adult for unlimited 3-ounce samples from 10 local brewers. There will also be food, entertainment, and active and static aircraft displays to go with beer. Proceeds from this event go to our Sea Challenge Scholarship Fund.  Make a difference in someone’s life by joining us and drinking some beer. Tickets at

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