Ash Wednesday

Pastor Gene Aiken preaching at the Joint Ash Wednesday Service at Lawrence Chapel UMC in Six Mile, SC.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. 

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

Mount Zion United Methodist Church joins Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church for Lenten services. The service takes place at Lawrence Chapel which is located at 2101 Six Mile Highway in Central, SC.

This special service which marks the beginning of Lent emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. Since the worship service focuses on both themes, it helps us realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrections of Jesus Christ.

During our joint Ash Wednesday service, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins.

The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.

Learn More About When the Methodist Church Started the Disposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday