Pray with your pet

January 20, 2014 6:32:41 AM PST
Paws will be in the pews at a Maryland church next Sunday.

Reverend Al Deal is inviting parishioners to bring their pets to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Smithsburg.

Deal is an animal lover who comes from a family of animal lovers.

Deal and his wife and two children share their home for with two cats, a bunny and a beagle.

Deal says to pet lovers, the animals are part of the family.

So, he asks, "why not invite them to church?"

Deal tells The Herald-Mail if the service goes well, he might consider inviting dogs to Sunday school.