Last year for the first time, Bishop Mark Beckwith and clergy and lay people from at least 20 congregations in the Diocese of Newark brought a quiet moment of religious observance to busy commuters by taking "Ashes to Go" to train stations, bus stations and other commuter points throughout northern New Jersey, receiving widespread coverage from The Star-Ledger and other news media.
This year on Ash Wednesday, February 13, Bishop Beckwith will be outside Newark Penn Station from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and the Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs will be outside Broad Street Station in Newark from 7 to 8 a.m., available to commuters seeking imposition of ashes. Will you join him by taking "Ashes to Go" to your local train or bus station, or another public location in your community?
The Episcopal website ashestogo.org provides resources and invites you to add your congregation to their list of those taking part.
Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices offers an Ashes to Go tip sheet.
Churches taking part
As of February 11, 2013 the following churches (as well as one university chaplaincy) had announced their intention to participate in Ashes to Go.
If you take photos of your church providing "Ashes to Go," please send them as soon as possible to Nina Nicholson, Director of Communications & Technology, for possible inclusion in an online photo album.
Trinity Episcopal Church (office: 201-327-3012)
6 - 8:30 AM at the Allendale Train Station
Trinity Episcopal Parish in Bergen Point (office: 201-858-4460)
7:45 - 8:45 AM at the 8th Street Light Rail Station
12:30 - 1:30 PM at HIGHWAYS, 141 Hobart Avenue
4:30 PM – dusk at the 45th Street Light Rail Sation
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (office: 973-546-5020)
Jointly with Lutheran, Reformed and Presbyterian clergy
Two bus stations at Allwood Road and at Clifton Avenue and Main Avenue, and the train station at Elm and Fornelius Streets
Bloomfield / Glen Ridge:
Christ Episcopal Church (office: 973-743-5911)
6 - 7:30 AM at the Glen Ridge and Bloomfield train stations, and the parking lot in front of the Glen Ridge Starbucks
5:30 - 7 PM at the Glen Ridge and Bloomfield train stations, and the bus stop in front of Christ Church (corner of Park Ave. and Bloomfield Ave.)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (office: 201-768-0819)
6:30 - 8 AM at the Harrington Park Bus Station (49 LaRoche Avenue)
St. Clement's Episcopal Church (office: 973-427-8118)
All Saints’ Episcopal Parish (office: 201-792-3563)
7 - 8:30 AM at the Hoboken PATH Station
St. George’s Episcopal Church (office: 973-762-1319)
7:30 - 8:30 AM at the Maplewood Train Station
Milton / Oak Ridge:
St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church (office: 973-697-5688)
7:15 - 8:30 AM outside the local bagel shop
8:45 - 10 AM outside the local A&P
St. John's Episcopal Church (office: 973-746-2474)
7 AM at the Walnut Street Train Station in Montclair
Montclair State University, the Center for Faith & Spirituality (SC 112)
Any time 2 - 6 PM, by the Episcopal chaplain
St. Peter's Episcopal Church (office: 973-334-4429)
6 - 8 AM at the Waterview Bus Stop on Hwy. 46 E between Mountain Lakes and Parsippany
The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark (contact: Nina Nicholson, 973-224-0417)
7:30 8 AM at Newark Penn Station
The Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs (contact: Nina Nicholson, 973-224-0417)
7 - 8 AM at Broad Street Station Newark
St John’s Memorial Episcopal Church (office: 201-327-0703)
7 - 8:30 AM at the Ramsey Train Station
St. James’ Episcopal Church (office: 201-945-0079)
8:30 - 9:30 AM at Ridgefield and Palisades Park on Broad, Roff and Columbia Avenues
Christ Episcopal Church (office: 201-652-2350)
7:15 - 8:15 AM at the Ridgewood Train Station
The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour (office: 201-863-1449)
7 - 8:30 AM at the Frank Launtenberg Train Station
Photos and video from last year's "Ashes to Go"
An Episcopal News Service video of the Rev. Sandye Wilson, Rector of St. Andrew & Holy Communion in South Orange, giving "Ashes to Go" at the South Orange Train Station on Feb. 22, 2012. (By Mary Frances Schjonberg. Time: 1:58.)