Ever get up for Ash Wednesday and just hate to have to get out of your car and walk into a church? Now, getting your ashes is as easy as a McDonald’s cup of coffee. Just pull up to Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church in suburban Cincinnati and Rev. Patricia Anderson Cook will appear at your window for ashes on the run.
Bridget Spitler explained that “Some people may not be too comfortable coming in for a serious service.” So, they can get the quickie roadside ashes with a church brochure and a Lenten booklet.
It’s a first at her church, but some other churches have also taken more-informal approaches to the ashes. There’s even a Web site called “Ashes to Go,” but do not be confused with this Ashes To Go site. It also promises to make “problems a thing of the past” but not the same problems.
Now if only they would offer a Latte and donut, this would be a full service option for the Christian on the go.
There is however one item that would help set the mood for the drive-thru ceremony: