Ash Wednesday marks given outside of church in Dothan

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Members of one local church wanted to make it easier for people to get their ashes on this Ash Wednesday, so they camped out at parking lots across Dothan to make it happen.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent the six week period leading up to Easter.

Members of First United Methodist Church in Dothan say the tradition of getting marks of ashes on the forehead is a reminder to reflect on life and be honest with yourself.

They went to churches, banks, and even Chick-Fil-A to encourage faith and getting closer to Jesus during this time.

“Sometimes it can be really hard for people to keep their faith, going to church on a day like Ash Wednesday. It may just be easier for some people to mark the occasion on their way into Chick-Fil-A,” says church member Jack Hinnen.

The celebration will continue Wednesday evening with a service at 6:05 at First United Methodist Church on Main Street.

We also have a list of other Ash Wednesday services going on across the Wiregrass.

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