Churches Host Unique Ash Wednesday Offerings

Date Posted: 3/8/2017

Ashes to Go
Rev. Stephen Rhoads at Pollard UMC in Tyler said they decided to offer drive-through ashes because of how busy people are with work and family. “We’re trying to come up with innovative and new ways to help share faith – even with something like Ash Wednesday,” he said, adding that when he worked in Houston several churches tried similar things.

They had 93 people come by - one as young as 7 (who wanted to join the pastor in a prayer for forgiveness for lying to her mother) and one lady in her 90’s. A guy named Mark was excited as he had a 12 hour shift that evening and was worried that he would miss his ashes. 
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St. Luke’s, Gethsemane in Houston also offered a curb-side Ash Wednesday offering. They shared their story via video through the TAC’s snapchat account.
Electronica Ash Wednesday
This was Houston Memorial Drive UMC’s third year offering a service dubbed Electronica Ash Wednesday. Rev. Michael Jarboe said “The elephant in the room is always: 'What’s Electronica?’ I explain to people it isn’t club music, but certainly a different sound than they would typically hear in most sanctuaries.”
The service combined scripture, prayer, dance, and music—led by Brandon Williams of Galveston Central UMC.  Revs. Michael Jarboe, Daniel Irving, and Ginny Tincher all participated in the multi-generational service. “Ash Wednesday is experiential in its very nature. It asks us to reflect both on the future and the past. My hope for this worship service was for them to discover that together in the presence of God,” Michael concluded.