SOMERVILLE, NJ – Six weeks of reflection, "Ashes to Go" for commuters at the train station and a sock collection for those in need are all part of the Lenten season at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with services and the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the church

Lent is the 40-day season of reflection and penance that begins on Ash Wednesday and leads to Holy Week and Easter on April 12. The distribution of ashes is conducted annually on Ash Wednesday, signifying the beginning of Lent.

Ashes will be distributed at Holy Eucharist three times on Ash Wednesday: 7 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m.

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St. John’s will offer Ashes To Go at the eastbound Somerville Train Station from 6:30-8 a.m. Through Ashes To Go, those wishing to receive ashes, but who may not have the opportunity to attend a church service that day, can participate in this holy ritual. This marks the second year offering Ashes To Go following an overwhelmingly positive response in 2019.

Lenten Program

Community members and parishioners are invited participate in a free six-session series of Lenten reflection and action on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the church.

Each session will begin with a light meal of soup, bread and water, followed by prayer, a scripture reading, reflection, study questions and song.

Sponsored and led by the St. John’s Faith in Action Committee, Bibles and reflection aids from the Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University will be provided for each evening’s study.

Topics are:

Feb. 27: Pray without Ceasing: Following St. Paul’s instruction;

March 5: Learning to Pray: Learning from the early Church;

March 12: Praying for a Change: Reconciling tradition and contemporary rationality;

March 19: St. John’s Faith in Action Committee’s Laundry Love ministry will meet at Wayne’s Wash World II, 20 Division St., Somerville – all are invited to take part;

March 26: Sweet Hours of Prayer: Establishing a time of quiet and reflection;

April 2: Our Deepest Prayer: Connecting our waiting with God’s waiting.

Free-will donations to support St. John’s monthly Laundry Love ministry will be accepted.

Sock Drive

From Ash Wednesday, February 26, to Holy Thursday, April 9, the Episcopal Church Women of St John’s will be collecting new socks for all ages – men, women, children, toddlers, newborns.  Working with Canon Pollock and local/regional social service agencies, the socks will be distributed directly to those in need.  Socks can be dropped off at St. John’s.

For more information contact St. John’s at 908-722-1250 or visit the website at www.stjohnsomerville.org; for information on the Lenten series call 908-507-8020.

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 158 West High St. Ample free parking is available in the church lot behind the church or on the streets.  The church and parish hall are handicapped accessible.