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Services abound for Ash Wednesday in greater Hall
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Gainesville First United Methodist Church holds its Ash Wednesday service at noon Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in the church chapel. - photo by Scott Rogers

As Ash Wednesday approaches, many churches in the area will be observing with midweek services.
The Christian holiday marks the beginning of lent, a 40-day period of prayer, fasting and repentance in the church, in preparation for Easter.

Some churches mark the day by offering early morning or mid-day worship services and having ashes placed in the shape of the cross on visitors’ foreheads. Other churches mark the day simply with worship services.

The act evokes God using dust to make humanity, and it’s often paired with the words, from the book of Genesis, “Remember, man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return."

In Gainesville and the surrounding areas, there’s no shortage of services to choose from.

St. Michael Roman Catholic Church

Where: St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 1440 Pearce Circle NE, Gainesville

When: Services throughout the day March 6

Gainesville First United Methodist Church

Where: Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

When: Noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. March 6

Grace Episcopal Church

Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave. NE, Gainesville

When: 12:10 and 7 p.m.  March 6 at the church; 10 a.m. at Gardens of Gainesville and 4:15 p.m. at Lanier Village Estates for residents and their families

Lakewood Baptist Church

Where: Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

When: Noon to 1 p.m. March 6

First Presbyterian Church

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 800 South Enota Drive NE, Gainesville

When: 6:30 p.m. March 6

St. Paul United Methodist Church Gainesville

Where: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 404 Washington St., Gainesville

When: 6 p.m. March 6

Dunagan Chapel United Methodist Church

Where: Dunagan Chapel United Methodist Church,5540 Timber Ridge Road, Gainesville

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 6

Redwine United Methodist Church

Where: Redwine United Methodist Church, 3285 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 6

St. Paul United Methodist Church Dahlonega

Where: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 14 Martins Ford Road, Dahlonega

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 6

St. Luke the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church

Where: St. Luke the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 91 N. Park St., Dahlonega

When: 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 6 at the church; Noon at the University of North Georgia

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Gainesville First United Methodist Church associate pastor Carolyn Clifton places the mark of the cross on parishioners Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 during Ash Wednesday service in the church chapel. - photo by Scott Rogers
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