Drive-thru ashes a convenient way to worship

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - It's not your typical drive-thru, but the folks at Munholland United Methodist Church are busy every Ash Wednesday serving ashes through car windows as hundreds of cars drive through the back parking lot to receive a quick blessing and their traditional ashes.

"It means a lot, it's blessing and people need this you know ashes and to be prayed for," Natalie Washington, who drove from Gentilly, said.

Reverand AnnaKate Rawles says the drive-thru option gives more people a chance to get ashes that may have skipped the holy day in the past.

"There are so many people who can't come to the worship service and sit for an hour because they're working or their children are in school and so we figured this was a really great way for people to have this special moment and not have to miss work," Rev. AnnaKate Rawles said.

It's the fourth year the church has delivered ashes this way and for some, it's becoming a convenient tradition.

"We partied hard yesterday and today is Ash Wednesday, time to repent. I've got a lot of dogs and kids and right now they're sleeping. I can't take them all with me, they would make all kind of noise in here. So we always come here every year since we found out about it and we always come, it's nice and convenient," Lavinsky Thompson said.

More than one thousand cars are expected to make a stop at the drive-thru ashes location and Rev. Rawles said they'll likely serve more than 1,500 people altogether.

The church has a traditional Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m.

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