Ash Wednesday, the traditional start to the Christian season of Lent, got off to an untraditional start at two Prairie Village Churches.
For the second year, both Colonial Church and Asbury United Methodist offered drive through Ash Wednesday services outside their churches. Motorists pulled into the churches’ drives where clergy were prepared with a dish of ashes to make a mark on worshipers’ foreheads.
“We wanted to make an option for people who might find it difficult to get to a service at night,” said Asbury Rev. Gayla Rapp. “The idea of getting in your car and driving through and having the prayer and conversation and ashes might be a meaningful experience.”
Rapp said many of the people who take advantage of the drive through services are not Asbury members, but members of other churches who
“We are amazed at the number of people who come by and say, ‘Hey, this is part of my faith tradition, but I can’t make it to my church, so I thought this would be a great option.,'” she said.