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Pets allowed in one Christmas Eve service in Kansas

Posted at 3:06 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 16:07:48-05

TOPEKA, KS — At one Christmas Eve service in Kansas, pets are allowed too.

First Congregational Church in Topeka calls it 'Pups in the Pews'.

The senior pastor says the church has done this before, and he hopes it will encourage more visitors to stop by the service, since they can bring along their furry friends.

“We have folks who we’ve never seen before, who will show up with their two teacup yorkies dressed in Christmas Sweaters, with ribbons in their hairs, tucked under each arm as they’re singing a hymn and there’s just a great sense of joy," Pastor Tobias Schlingensiepen said.

The service is open to everyone, but owners are encouraged to consider if their pets would be able to handle sitting still in a crowded service.