Every year at Christ Church, our Journey to Easter begins with an impactful and memorable family worship experience on Ash Wednesday. This engaging family-friendly service is a highlight of our Easter season and we hope you'll experience it with us this year!
Meet in the East Auditorium for worship and message, then move to the Atrium for a hands-on reflection activity. We’ll conclude in the Chapel with the imposition of ashes.
Childcare is available for ages 3 and under.
Ash Wednesday happens seven weeks before Easter and is the first day of our Journey to Easter, traditionally known as Lent. The day is named for the practice of imposing ashes, a tradition that Christ Church enjoys as a meaningful part of the Ash Wednesday experience.
Using ashes as a sign of repentance is an ancient practice, often mentioned in the Bible (Jonah 3:5-9; Job 42:6; Jeremiah 6:26; Matthew 11:21). The early Christians adopted the use of ashes from Jewish practice as an external mark of penitence.
Today, ashes symbolize several aspects of our human existence including God's condemnation of sin, our cleansing and renewal, and the shortness of human life. Ashes are a symbol of our need to repent, confess our sins, and return to God.