A Southern California church is giving the faithful a chance to fit Ash Wednesday into their commute.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Upland is offering drive-thru ashes for those observing the start of Lent, the period of penitence leading up to Easter.
Father Keith Yamamoto tells the Daily Bulletin people in Southern California spend a lot of time in their cars and the church needs to be accessible to people where they are at.
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Yamamoto says he also hopes connect with those who haven't been to church recently so they'll come to regular services.
The drive-thru event was inspired by a movement among churches around the country to offer ashes in public places such as transportation hubs.