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'Ash and Dash' Offered for Those in a Hurry This Ash Wednesday

February 13, 2018 - 5:23 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A 200-year-old church in St. Louis County bows to the demands of modern society.
For the first time in its history, Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester will be offering drive-thru service on this Ash Wednesday.
Pastor Jim Peich explains why they decided to offer the program, called "Ash and Dash."
"We realize that people are busy, and they just don't have a lot of time," he says. "They can drive through a parking lot on Manchester Road, and they can get a prayer, and a blessing, and ashes on their forehead, or on their hand, if they prefer."

The drive-thru method allows the church to meet people - like busy moms and those who work multiple jobs - "exactly where they are."

"And if that means meeting him in their car on Manchester Road, that's exactly what we want to do," Peich says.

The drive-thru location is on Manchester just west of Highway 141, and there will be signs posted, directing drivers to the site. Ashes will be offered at three different times throughout the day (7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 4-6 p.m.), and people of all faiths are welcome. Manchester United Methodist also hosts a traditional Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m.