If you happened to purchase my training manual on dog ministry (see link below), you will notice that I have included examples of the dog-ministry prayer-group gatherings that made up the Maryville study. In the 2013 publication of a new Pet Partners’ Student Manual, there was greater emphasis placed on hand-washing to insure that everyone who interacts with the dog team is safe.
In discussing this additional emphasis on sanitation with a colleague, I was at a loss of how I might incorporate this into our group gathering without breaking the prayerful atmosphere we had created. The solution suggested by my colleague was to pray Psalm 51 out loud. Thus, before the concluding prayer, I pray verses 3 and 4 from Psalm 51 and have my attendees repeat the segments of these verses after me as I go around the room providing them with a dab of hand-sanitizer. This is a great and unobtrusive way to help all my elder attendees to get their hands clean and ask for God’s forgiveness.
The training manual for dog ministry can be found at:
ISBN: 978-1-4759-7208-5 (print copy)
ISBN: 978-1-4759-72092 (eBook format)
Thanx for your support of Dog Ministry.
Dr. J and Alya