Metro Detroit church offering drive-thru ashes with COVID-19 precautions in place

Metro Detroit church offering drive-thru ashes for Ash Wednesday
Posted at 10:04 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 12:36:58-05

(WXYZ) — St. David's Episcopal Church is once again offering drive-thru ashes this year, but things will look a little different due to COVID-19.

This Ash Wednesday, robed ministers will be standing outside of the church to hand out ashes. Unlike the past, however, ashes and prayer cards will be handed out in sealed plastic bags.

Believers can pray with ministers and mark their own foreheads with an ashen cross in the driveway, or take the ashes home and join the church's noon or 7 p.m. services and ash themselves then.

Personal size plastic bags with ashes and prayer cards will be available in the driveway in front of the church from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

“Last year, more than 500 people received prayer and ashes through this ministry,” said Rev. Chris Yaw, rector of St. David’s Parish. “What’s more, many of us, who served on that day, were blessed by the opportunity we had to meet and pray with others.”

The church is located on 12 Mile Road between Greenfield and Southfield.

St. David’s is holding two Zoom services on Ash Wednesday, one at noon and another at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend: Zoom Meeting ID: 925-257-3320, Password: 16200

“Ash Wednesday is intended to provide a time of reflection and repentance for what we have done and what we have failed to do,” Yaw said. “We hope that Drive-Thru Ashes can make the message and meaning of this day more accessible.”