Local church offers ‘Ashes To Go’ for religious holiday

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As many of our viewers may know Ash Wednesday, is a day of preparation and introspection that follows Fat Tuesday and marks the beginning of Lent.

The day, which features prayers, fasting is most well known for the receiving or imposition of ashes on the foreheads of the faithful usually at special church ceremonies. In today’s society, people may not be able to make it to these services due to work or other obligations.

Luckily to help with this, the First United Methodist set up ‘Ashes To Go’ sites around the city which lets those who can’t make it to their own church take part in the imposition.

“We decided the Ashes To Go as a way of reaching out in the community. We started out with two sites and now we are at five. And what surprised us, was the number of people who came who wanted to go to an Ash Wednesday service but because they are on twelve-hour shifts they were not going to be able to go to their church, so we see a lot of people who are not members of First Methodist and this will be their only religious experience on Ash Wednesday,” Senior Pastor Jim Sanders said.

If you couldn’t make it to one of the sites but still want to receive them for Ash Wednesday, First United will be having another imposition and evening worship service at 6:30 Wednesday night.

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