Local churches performed Ash Wednesday rituals marking the beginning of Lent in traditional and nontraditional ways. Knowing many believers would be unable to attend church services Wednesday, Wesley United Methodist Church brought the ritual to them.
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Senior Pastor Greg Porterfield, of Wesley United Methodist Church, marks a cross with ashes on the forehead of Tom Bonner outside of Panera Bread in Evans. Wesley performed the Ash Wednesday ritual at the Mullins Crossing shopping center for the benefit of people who might not have been able to attend church services.