Churches unite with ‘Ashes to Go’ program

TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) –Several churches united to offer busy Christians a chance to mark the beginning of Lent Wednesday, without getting out of the vehicle.

The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Tiverton hoted Ashes to Go, where parishioners can drive up to the entrance to Grinell’s Beach and have ashes placed on their forehead without ever leaving their car.

This modern day twist on a very old tradition was designed for churchgoers with busier schedules and can’t make it to church on Ash Wednesday. They now can stop by on their way to work.

“Busy with work, getting to and from work, and still trying to get into church to get ashes – this was much easier for me,” said driver Tom Azevedo.

The pastors of the Amicable Congregational Church and the First Old Stone Baptist Church also participated in the program. Father John Higginbothan told Eyewitness News his call of duty is about more than convenience.

“It’s all about us beginning this 40-day lent and journey,” he said, “Ashes marks tells us that we are human beings and that we came into the world with nothing and go out with nothing but this time here is very important in our relationship with others and our relationship with God who brought us here.”

Higginbothan said he wanted to offer the same concept last year, but a snowstorm blanket the parking lot just one day before.

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