Ash Wednesday March 1

Come receive ashes at Old First on Ash Wednesday, March 1. We will be giving out Ashes on our front steps from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome, regardless of faith or religious practice.

If you would like to sign up for a two-hour shift to give out ashes, sign up here.


Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. The biblical witness is found in the opening epic of the human story: “you are dust and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19). In the tenth century the use of ashes was employed in visibly reminding worshippers of their mortality as they began their Lenten “watch by the cross.”

This first day of Lent reminds us that two things are involved in genuine repentance: “the dying of the old self and the coming to life of the new.”

Old First Pastor Daniel Meeter and friend of Old First Rabbi Andy Bachman, Ash Wednesday, 2012