Ash Wednesday is the Christian holiday that marks the beginning of the season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday we begin a journey of reflection and introspection that leads us to the cross, to the tomb, and ultimately to the promise of new life. But the first step toward that new life is the reminder that “you are dust, and to dust you will return.”
This year at Bethany we’re offering a different Ash Wednesday experience. We will open our sanctuary to folks to receive ashes on their way to and from work or school. The sanctuary will be open during drop-off and pick-up for Ravenswood and Montessori Schools (8-9:30am and 3-4:30pm) with different devotional stations to help us center ourselves for Lent. There will be candles, music, a prayer wall, and other opportunities to connect to God and reflect on the ways you plan to mark this important season.
If daytime hours won’t work for you and your family, we’ll also have open sanctuary time at 6:30pm followed by a short evening prayer service at 7pm. During all of these times, we will have child-appropriate ways to pray and reflect as well. The season of Lent is an invitation to listen more deeply to our inner lives and the God who is still speaking in us and in our world. Join us for the journey!