KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Miami Valley pastors helped busy church-goers observe Ash Wednesday without leaving their vehicles.
Wednesday, David’s United Church of Christ offered “Ashes to Go” during morning and evening commutes, as well as the noon lunch hour.
“Here at David’s it’s become a tradition… that people come in the morning and in the afternoon and at night, and they receive ashes that are placed on their foreheads,” explained Association Pastor Michelle Wilkey.
This was the eighth year pastors made the service available for Christians who wanted to partake in the Ash Wednesday tradition, but weren’t able to make it to a full one-hour service.
“It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need and not have it,” said church member Tina Lee.
The sign of the cross on the forehead in ash symbolizes mortality. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, a 40-day season before Easter in which Christians typically repent.
Pastors at David’s United Church of Christ explained the Ash Wednesday tradition, whether during a full service or a 30 second carside one, sets the tone for the Lenten season.
“Many wear the sign of the cross on their head all throughout the day, so it’s an important way to witness as well to this day. And other people will see that cross,” Wilkey said.
A full Ash Wednesday starts at the church at 7 p.m. It’s located at 170 W. David Road in Kettering.