Epworth UMC Leashes of Love Ministry commissions second graduating class
Epworth United Methodist Church held a Commencement Commissioning ceremony for the second graduating class of its newest Caring Ministry, Leashes of Love, on Jan. 20.
Leashes of Love is a pet visitation ministry that shares the love of pets with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult day-care centers. Graduates receive their diplomas for completing the special Pet Ministry Certification offered through Doggies at the Beach, a cage-free doggie day care, grooming and training facility in Rehoboth Beach. The Commencement Commissioning included a blessing from Epworth pastors the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Baker and the Rev. Dr. Patricia Loughlin.
According to chairs Robbin Murray and Barbara Kulbaba, “The visits are very well received, and this is just the beginning of a joyful journey with pets in the area’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult day-care centers."
Since its inception in 2011, Epworth’s Leashes of Love ministry has grown to 19 people and 15 dogs which have already reached out to more than 1,000 residents through multiple visits to area facilities including Harbor Healthcare-Cadia, Cadbury of Lewes, Brandywine Assisted Living and Beebe Medical Center’s Gull House.
With this second class of graduates, the ministry will have a total of 31 people and 25 dogs participating. The Leashes of Love ministry is another example of Epworth’s many outreach ministries designed to serve the greater Lewes-Rehoboth community.
Epworth UMC is a Christian community with open hearts, open minds and open door,; striving to become a church of radical hospitality, extravagant generosity, passionate worship, risk-taking service and intentional faith development.