West Michigan clergy members take to the streets to spread Ash Wednesday love

Clergy members in Hastings took the streets Wednesday morning.

For the first time since 1945, Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday have fallen on the same day.

To spread the love, clergy members in Hastings took the streets Wednesday morning.

Leaders from four different churches spent spread out in downtown Hastings, giving ashes and prayer cards to people passing by.

They hoped to welcome people who don’t regularly go to church or haven’t been in a while.

"The church is, for many people, just inside four walls and that's not what Jesus calls us to do. Jesus called us to be with people in their regular life. And so rather than always have people think they have to come to church our thought is to have the church go to people,” Rev. Linnea Stifler, with the Hastings Emmanuel Episcopal Church, said.

This is the first time the clergy members have done something like this in West Michigan.

The group welcomed all denominations.

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