Being out in the World on Ash Wednesday
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- A local church decided to bring the tradition out of the church and into the community.
New Disciples of Cedar Rapids held a mobile Ash Wednesday where they traveled to coffee shops around the community, including one at Dash Coffee Roasters in Cedar Rapids.
Reverend Monica Banks said this is a nice to way to go out and meet the community.
"I'm a new pastor in the community so it gets me out in the community and I get to know people a little bit better but also we believe in being the altar in the world and so it kind of keeps people from coming to us and allows us to come to them," said Reverend Monica Banks.
Mobile Ash Wednsday also stopped at Belle's Basix to show support for the LGBTQ community.
Monica Banks said the church has LGBTQ members who go there so they wanted to show them support after national tensions in the Christian community.
"We felt with what has happened with the Methodist church in the past few weeks, we wanted to convey our support for the LQBTQ community and this felt like a good place to do that," said Banks.