Ashes to Go
“Ashes to Go”
(available in Shelocta)
Shelocta, PA – February 21, 2017 – As Christians begin the season of Lent, one local church will be hitting the streets, so to speak. Ash Wednesday, which falls on Wednesday, March 1, this year begins the church season of Lent, a time of penitence and deepening of a relationship with God. In Shelocta, the Presbyterian Church (USA) welcomes anyone to stop by one of two locations to receive ashes and prayer into busy lives.
The Shelocta Community Presbyterian Church, west of Indiana PA, will hold its traditional Ash Wednesday church service at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Folks will be welcome to receive ashes (or not) and the Lord’s Supper during the service.
However, for those whose schedules don’t allow attendance at the traditional service, or for those who want to start the day out with a moment of grace, “Ashes to Go” may be a stop they want to make. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the pastor and helpers will be at 151 Shelocta Road, an easy location when getting off and back onto US Route 422, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., they will be at the church at 182 South Ridge Road, Shelocta.
Started in 2006, “Ashes to Go” has gained momentum across the nation, and in 2013, “Ashes Take-Away” started internationally. The Ashes to Go movement is an ecumenical program inviting people to take a fresh look at the centuries old practices of the church and to encourage a new or revitalized relationship with God.
What to expect: You may drive up to the dispensing location, and you will be greeted by someone from the church. You will be offered a free prayer card with a simple prayer for forgiveness, which also contains some information about the Ash Wednesday practice. Then you will be blessed and given the sign of the cross on your forehead with the ashes, and receive a prayer. Then you will be back on your way.
For more information about Ashes to Go, visit the website http://ashestogo.org. For more information about this event or about Shelocta Community Presbyterian Church, visit the website www.sheloctapc.org or call 724-354-2352.
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