Local churches find alternative ways to provide Ash Wednesday services 

Pastor Andrew Kukla administers ashes during a drive thru service on Wednesday .jpg
Posted at 6:57 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 09:22:06-05

BOISE, Idaho — With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some local churches changed the way they provide Ash Wednesday services.

First Presbyterian Church in Boise had people drive up to the side of the church building where the pastor used gloves and a cotton swab to rub ashes on a visitor's forehead while they stayed in the car.

“In the summer, we began, on communion Sundays, to do a drive-thru communion as a way for people to come past the building to do that in a sanitary way. In some ways we had a method of engaging Ash Wednesday already that we added to our drive-thru communion,” said Pastor Andrew Kukla.

The church has been providing mass services virtually but plans to find ways to offer limited in-person services in the near future.

On Facebook, Holy Apostles Church in Meridian said it offered ashes-to-go as well with drivers stopping in front of the building.