Church offers “ashes on the way” for Lent

First Congregational Church, Cheshire

CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH)– The First Congregational Church in Cheshire brought their Ash Wednesday service outdoors, offering Christians a “drive-thru” experience.

“I think the church needs to get out of the box and meet people where they are,” said Rev. Jeff Braun. “Faith is wherever we are.”

The goal was to make the process as convenient as possible since many people would otherwise not take part in it all due to conflicts with work and school schedules. People were able to drive right up to the church, where the marking of the cross was placed on their forehead. Pastors would then offer a personalized blessing to each person.

“We have members who just came here from Miami last year and their home church did it and it was so well received in the community,” said Rev. Alison McCaffrey.

Joe Esposito of West Haven took part in the service in Cheshire Wednesday morning. “I didn’t know how I was going to be able to get time to get ashes with certain services not fitting into my schedule,” he said.

The First Congregational Church will have a traditional service on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for those who would like to attend.

“Ashes are ashes someone said and I know I can get mine here. I’m so glad they did,” said Rev. McCaffrey.

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