Whether you start your day with Ashes to Go at the King Street Metro or come to participate in a service at the Historic Church, you can begin your Lenten experience with us on Ash Wednesday, February 18.

Ash Wednesday, February 18

6:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Ashes to Go at the King Street Metro

7:15 a.m. – Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes (Church)

 12:05 p.m. – Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes (Church)

 5:00 p.m. – Children's Service - Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes (Meade Room)

7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes (Church)

Ashes to Go by the Rev. Heather VanDeventer 

Last year, early in the morning on Ash Wednesday, one person said to me – “Oh, I remember you, you were here last year.” We will be at the King Street Metro again this year offering Ashes to Go to morning commuters from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. on February 18. Christ Church will be joined by Immanuel Church on the Hill, offering Ashes to Go in their driveway at Quaker and Seminary Road, and Church of the Resurrection, offering Ashes to Go at Southern Towers near the corner of Seminary Road and Beauregard.

Ashes to Go, begun seven years ago by an ecumenical clergy group in St. Louis, now is offered by many Episcopal churches across the country, particularly those along commuter rail and subway lines, have joined the movement. As the organizers of Ashes to Go say, “It is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors and into the places where we go every day. It’s a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace.”

For those we meet at the Metro, we offer a simple prayer of confession, impose ashes with the traditional words, and end with a bidding of peace. We also invite those who pass us by to join us for Ash Wednesday service that noon and evening, as well as to join us for worship at other times. Ashes to Go is not meant to be a full sacramental experience, but a taste. Again, from Ashes to Go, “God meets us not just in worship, but in the midst of life, and we offer the opportunity to remember our faith to those whose schedules make it hard to stop and pray with others on a busy Wednesday.” Ashes to Go is a reminder that God is present in all places, even at the Metro on a busy morning.

For more information, visit Ashestogo.org.