Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | February 19, 2012

Ash Wednesday Outreach

For several years, a number of parishes in various dioceses have conducted Ash Wednesday services in busy areas outside the church as a means of outreach and evangelism. Interested passerby can receive ashes, and are invited to repent of their sins. Some clergy have found that people who have been put off of Christianity and haven’t been going to church become more interested as a result of these outreach methods.

From what I’ve heard about this outreach, it’s been a largely positive thing. There’s a lot to be said about trying to reach those outside the church walls. After all, Jesus taught people out in the countryside, as well as in the synagogues and in the Temple. Even though we live in different times, this is good to keep in mind.

I think an outreach like this can have a lot of impact in an area where most Christians attend non-liturgical churches (such as the area I live in). Many people around here have never heard of Ash Wednesday or Lent. There’s a very real possibility that those who may be drawn to the “Anglican Way” are more likely to investigate if some of the practices are better-known.

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