There is no doubt that Dallas is a dog friendly city. Throughout the day and evening, Dallasites are walking dogs in wooded parks, suburban neighborhoods and on city streets.
You can find a pet specialty store and grooming salon within miles of each other all around town. In 2008 the Dallas City Council was a trendsetter when they passed a law allowing dogs on restaurant patios. Retirement centers are welcoming dogs to live out their life with their senior owner. Hotels from A - Z, Adolphus to Zaa Zaa, plus La Quintas, Hiltons and Marriott’s in between accommodate Fido, often presenting him with a welcome bag of goodies upon arrival. Even hospitals are re-thinking the “no-pet” policy as they realize the importance of the four-legged member in a patient’s well-being.
But what about church?
When I arrived at Central Christian Church Sunday morning, Pastor Ken, a group of church elders and Central visitors were gathered in the dog park singing “Shall We Gather At The River?”
“Shall we gather at the river, the beautiful, beautiful river, Gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.”
We weren’t really at the river, but the “saints” were there—romping, sniffing, playing fetch— doing whatever dogs do. And their owners were worshiping in a casual, outdoor setting.
Join us at church in the dog park at 9 a.m. the first and third Sunday of each month. There is plenty of seating and plenty of shade. Coffee and donuts are served. Come and bring your dog to church.