Michigan Church Offers ‘Drive-thru Ashes’ on Ash Wednesday

St. David’s Episcopal Church of Southfield, Michigan, provides prayer and ash crosses via “Drive-Thru Ashes” event for Ash Wednesday, 2019. | Courtesy St. David’s Episcopal Church, Southfield, MI

A church in the Detroit, Michigan area is offering drivers the ashen cross of Ash Wednesday, as well as prayers, in observance of the start of the liturgical season of Lent.

St. David’s Episcopal Church of Southfield is holding a “Drive-Thru Ashes” event on Wednesday at their property’s driveway from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Drive-Thru Ashes event is in addition to two worship services featuring both Communion and the imposition of ashes, at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET, respectively.

St. David’s Episcopal Rector Chris Yaw told The Christian Post on Thursday that the event was first observed a few years ago to minister to those too busy to attend an Ash Wednesday service.

“Episcopal churches have been doing what they call ‘ashes on the go’ for a long time,” explained Yaw, who credited the church’s music director with the idea.

“So we made up some signs, we put a half mile down the road one way, half mile down the road the other way, ‘drive-thru ashes a half mile ahead.’”

According to Yaw, the event has grown over the past few years. While dozens of drivers came in their inaugural “Drive-Thru Ashes” event, last year well over 500 people stopped by.

“When 500 people drive by and want ashes on Ash Wednesday, it tells you that people want to pray more than they are able to give time to do so,” he said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski