Local churches take Ash Wednesday services to the streets

By Josh Marcisz | jmarcisz@ktalnews.tv

Published 03/05 2014 06:16PM

Updated 03/05 2014 06:50PM

Downtown Shreveport's busiest street corner can usually be found at Spring and Texas streets catering to a lunch crowd and midday traffic. But to mark the beginning of Lent the corner was catering to an afternoon crowd gathered to observe Ash Wednesday.

St. Matthias Episcopal Church has taken their ashes outside of the church to mark the forehead of anyone interested for the second consecutive year. "Well it's important, I think that given our nature of society that the church go to where the people are," says Father Bill McBride.

It's a trend that is gaining popularity nationally and locally offering ashes and blessings to a busy crowd. Grace Community United Methodist Church pastors and parishioners took to the Red River District and participated in a 15-minute service that included a flash mob with a rendition of 'Amazing Grace.'

At Christ United Methodist Church in south Shreveport drive up services were available for a third year.

Parishioners like Leslie Michaelis say although the service is short it provides more individual time with the minister. "It makes it more personal, you get get to be one on one with the minister and just makes you have a better feeling of Christianity."

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