Ash Wednesday Worship and Information
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Worship 7:00 p.m.
Can kids come to Ash Wednesday Services?
Yes! Children and youth are welcome to attend the service on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m.
Each year families with children attend the Ash Wednesday service for the first time. Some had never gone because it seemed serious and dark. We hope you will attend to mark the beginning of Lent and remember that even though we all make mistakes, we are beloved children of God.
Below is some information on Ash Wednesday from Christine V. Hides that may be helpful to discuss with your children before or after the service.
Why is it called Ash Wednesday?
Early Christians burnt sacrificial offerings and placed the ashes on their bodies to show sorrow. On Ash Wednesday we make the sign of the cross with ashes on people’s foreheads or hands to remind them that we are beginning the Lenten season. In many churches the palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned and used during this worship.
Why bring children to such a serious service? ( from Worshiping with Children )
When children see all the adults they love and respect wearing ashes and they themselves are marked with ashes, they know they belong. They are one of God’s people. Other days they may know that with their minds, but on Ash Wednesday they know it in a powerful way with their eyes.
Because we are all marked not with golden markers but with messy black ashes, children learn that all of us mess up and are forgiven. The most loved and respected adult they know does and they do. In a world where they are constantly told they can do better and can make good choices and should be special, this is important life-shaping information.
Can kids really understand what the ashes mean? Are they scary? (from Bread Not Stones)
When I talk with my son about the ashes and what they mean (which is actually a pretty easy conversation since children are pretty open/receptive to the cycles of life and the reality that everything that lives dies) I remind him of his baptism as well – that the ashes on his forehead are supposed to remind him that he is human, that he will make mistakes, and that he will need to apologize for those mistakes to other people and to God. But then I remind him of the water that was placed on his forehead as a baby, which should remind him that God’s love is stronger than any mistakes he might make. It is a love that won’t stop even when his own life on earth does.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the church office, one of our pastors or deacons. We hope you will be able to join us as we enter into the season of Lent, the time of getting ready for Easter.
Deacon Beth Tobin
Education and Children’s Ministry