No time on Ash Wednesday? There’s a drive-thru for that

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Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger, gives drive thru ashes and a prayer to Antoinette Moretina, from Kansas City, Kan., on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Prairie Village, Kan. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, United Church of Christ, is offering drive thru service on Ash Wednesday from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger, gives drive thru ashes and a prayer to Antoinette Moretina, from Kansas City, Kan., on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Prairie Village, Kan. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, United Church of Christ, is offering drive thru service on Ash Wednesday from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (RNS) Sometimes you just don’t have time for an entire service on Ash Wednesday, or you can’t get away from work.

Don’t worry, a growing number of congregations are offering drive-thru services so you can still get your ashes, including Colonial Church in Prairie Village, Kan.

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger, who stood in the frigid temperatures waving at passing cars, said about 30 to 40 cars had stopped for drive-thru services this Wednesday (Feb. 10).

Zellweger, along with the senior minister of the United Church of Christ congregation, take shifts from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., offering ashes, a prayer and a small gift.

This is the fourth year Colonial Church has offered the drive-thru service.

(Sally Morrow is the photo editor for RNS)

For the fourth year, Colonial Church, United Church of Christ, in Prairie Village, Kan., is offering drive thru service on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. . Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

For the fourth year, Colonial Church, a United Church of Christ congregation in Prairie Village, Kan., is offering a drive-thru service on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

 

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger, waves to passing cars along Mission Rd. in Prairie Village, Kan., on Feb. 10, 2016. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, United Church of Christ, is offering drive thru service on Ash Wednesday. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger waves to passing cars along Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kan., on Feb. 10, 2016. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, a United Church of Christ congregation, is offering a drive-thru service on Ash Wednesday. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger, gives drive thru ashes and a prayer to Antoinette Moretina, from Kansas City, Kan., on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Prairie Village, Kan. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, United Church of Christ, is offering drive thru service on Ash Wednesday from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger gives drive-thru ashes and a prayer to Antoinette Moretina, from Kansas City, Kan., on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Prairie Village, Kan. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, a United Church of Christ congregation, is offering a drive-thru service on Ash Wednesday from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger, waves to passing cars along Mission Rd. in Prairie Village, Kan., on Feb. 10, 2016. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, United Church of Christ, is offering drive thru service on Ash Wednesday. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger waves to passing cars along Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kan., on Feb. 10, 2016. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, a United Church of Christ congregation, is offering a drive-thru service on Ash Wednesday. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger, waves to passing cars along Mission Rd. in Prairie Village, Kan., on Feb. 10, 2016. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, United Church of Christ, is offering drive thru service on Ash Wednesday. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

Ministerial intern Shea Zellweger waves to passing cars along Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kan., on Feb. 10, 2016. For the fourth year, Colonial Church, a United Church of Christ congregation, is offering a drive-thru service on Ash Wednesday. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow