Woodfords Congregational Church is a Just-Peace and Open-And-Affirming Congregation

in the United Church of Christ. 




202 Woodford St

Portland, ME 04103

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Ash Wednesday at WCC

February 26: Two Opportunities to Mark the Start of Lent


In the Christian tradition, February 26 marks Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent—a six-week season of introspection that provides time to contemplate one’s life and one’s relationship with the Divine. For approximately 1500 years, Ash Wednesday commemorations have included the imposition of ashes, which are used to mark ritual participants’ foreheads with the sign of the Cross. Traditionally, the act of imposing ashes has been accompanied by the words, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” For many people, this reminder of mortality and connection to the Earth promotes reflection upon how to live a life filled with goodness, significance, and meaning.

This year, WCC is offering two Ash Wednesday commemorations: a morning “Ashes and Coffee to Go” event and an evening meditative service. Come to one or come to both. We’d love to see you there!

Ashes and Coffee to Go

Woodfords Congregational Church – Parking Lot

7:30 – 9:30 am


Walk or drive into the church parking lot between 7:30 and 9:30 am to receive ashes and a blessing. We’ll happily provide coffee, as well. Bring your cup. We’ll fill it up. Swing by on your way to work or while out for your morning walk. It won’t take long.


Evening Ash Wednesday Service

Woodfords Congregational Chuch – Chapel

7 pm


Join us for the imposition of ashes and a meditative service filled with prayer, music, and reflection.

Image credits:

Woman with ashes: Ahna Ziegler on Unsplash

Steaming coffee mug: gnokii, Open Clip Art

Cross on a burlap backing: Robin, “Lent 1B Ash Cross reminder,” Flickr.