Ashes to Go: Tips for Liturgical Outreach

By Emily Mellott, Calvary Episcopal Church, Lombard, IL

If you love liturgy and worship but "evangelism" makes you anxious, why not liturgical evangelism? The symbols and actions of our worship are a strong invitation to share in God's grace, especially when we take them outside the walls of the church building.

Based on the experience of Calvary Episcopal Church, Lombard, and other churches in Chicago and other dioceses, the following tips will help a congregation plan an exciting Ash Wednesday outreach ministry, or think about other ways to connect the gifts of Episcopal liturgy and worship to the life and concerns of your local community.

Additional Resources:

1. The Rev. Emily Mellott's website collecting photos and stories about Ashes to Go
2. A blog post about Ashes to Go here -



Karen Tiegs on February 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thank you, Emily!


Connie Woodbury on February 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thank you, Emily! What a wonderful way to reach out to the community!

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  • Ashes to Go: street corner minstry
  • Ashes to Go at a train station.

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