This Ash Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, from 12:30 to 1:15 pm, ministry staff at Grace Presbyterian Church will be outside offering prayer and Ashes to Go to our Beltline neighbours. Everyone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ as well as those who strive to – regardless of denomination – will be welcomed to receive ashes.
Part of a new strategy to step beyond the walls of the church and be active in the community, ministry staff will be on the sidewalk in front of Grace Presbyterian Church at the corner of 15th Avenue and 9th Street SW.
Ashes to Go will follow the Ash Wednesday Worship Service held in the Chapel from noon to 12:30 pm, which everyone is also welcomed to attend.
WHO: Grace Presbyterian Church
WHAT: An opportunity to participate in Ash Wednesday for those who may not have time to attend a service or may feel uncomfortable stepping into a church.
WHEN: February 14, 2018, from 12:30 to 1:15 pm
WHERE: 1009, 15th Avenue SW
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and begins the 40-day season of reflection and preparation leading up to Easter. Ash Wednesday has been practised for approximately 1500 years and continues to be observed by a wide range of Christian denominations.
The ashes are a mixture of burnt palm branches and oil. The ashes are placed cross-shaped on the receiver’s forehead, accompanied by the instruction to “remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Though this practice and these words may seem strange at first, they are meant as a prayerful, sombre, and ultimately peaceful reminder that even though this life is temporary, in Jesus Christ we have eternal life.
Media Contact: The Rev. Dr. Jean Morris
Associate Minister, Pastoral Care
Grace Presbyterian Church, has been a resident of Calgary’s Beltline community for over 100 years and is a part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. We endeavour to be inspired by the Holy Spirit and grow disciples of Jesus Christ to love our neighbours and effect social change.