Three Douglas County churches came together on Feb. 14 to host Ashes to Go, an annual event where clergy offer to mark the foreheads of passers-by with ashes in Castle Rock in recognition of Ash …
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Three Douglas County churches came together on Feb. 14 to host Ashes to Go, an annual event where clergy offer to mark the foreheads of passers-by with ashes in Castle Rock in recognition of Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
Five reverends and pastors from Christ's Episcopal Church in Castle Rock, Well of Hope Lutheran Church in Castle Rock and St. Philip in the Field Episcopal Church in Sedalia stood on the corner of Fourth and Wilcox Streets during the morning, lunchtime and evening, providing ashes to more than 140 people during this year's event.
Clergy said the event allows them to connect with members of the community, be more accessible and help parishioners who may not have otherwise participated in Ash Wednesday.
“Some people don't have a church where they worship regularly, but the practice of receiving ashes is still important to them,” said Pastor Julie McNitt, from Well of Hope Lutheran Church, in a written statement. “It can also be tough to get to church sometimes, when you are stuck at work, or caring for family members or have other commitments. Ashes to Go allows us to meet people where they are and hopefully help them feel connected to God.”
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