St. Louis Church Offers Drive-Through Ashes for Ash Wednesday


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Manchester United Methodist Church is offering drive-through ashing tomorrow, Ash Wednesday.

Cleverly named the “Ash & Dash,” the event can fulfill all of your spiritual needs on the go. It's open in the morning, during lunch time and even after work.

The drive-through is located at 14380 Manchester Road in Manchester, MO, so it’s centrally located for many St. Louisans. Just look for the Ash & Dash signs along the road.

Reverend Jim Peich, Executive Pastor of Ministry and Leadership, recognizes that in these busy times that it’s often difficult to make space for religious rituals.

Rev. Peich says that “Multiple jobs, activities with kids, and full-time schedules should not stop us from experiencing God’s love on Ash Wednesday.”

The church advertises other options with this service, as well: “Drivers will receive an ash cross on their forehead, or their hand. They may also choose a simple blessing (with no ashes). In addition to providing ashes and blessings, prayer will be offered. It’s all free for the asking.”

There is also a traditional Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m. inside the church at 129 Woods Mill Road.

So if you’re busy but want a blessing, drive through the spot on Manchester Road tomorrow between 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. for little prayer to go. (And no, you may not get fries with that. Maybe next year.)

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