Ashes to Go!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church

716 College Avenue

Pastor Mark will be standing outside our church the morning

of Ash Wednesday, 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., to offer ashes

for those who work or travel through downtown.

Enter the parking lot from Park Avenue, pull up by the double doors for your ashes & a prayer from Pastor Mark and exit onto College Avenue. It's that easy!  And, while it lasts, we will supply you with a hot cup of coffee to go.

The idea for "Ashes to Go" was developed by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.  Clergy stood outside their churches and at train stations and offered the imposition of ashes to commuters.  As they say on their website,, “Those who had no time to attend services or had forgotten about the tradition were delighted to receive ashes with a prayer

as they began their day.  Many responded with tears or smiles of gratitude

that the church would come to them.”