MOORHEAD — As they remain closed for public services, pastors at Trinity Lutheran Church had to improvise to give out traditional Ash Wednesday blessings on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Members were invited to drive to the front of the church and stay in their cars while pastors made the sign of the cross on members' foreheads using Q-tips.

Simon Fensom, one pastor at Trinity Lutheran, said it was nice to reconnect with members in person, since the church only streams their services online.

"There's that moment that comes where, 'Ope, I'm doing Lent,'" he said. "That's what I'm doing right now, so it feels good to me. It feels normal, even as it's weird and strange."

Fensom said since they started streaming, their audience and fanbase has grown, even reaching other parts of the world.

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A woman gets a drive-thru ash blessing with a Q-tip outside of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead Wednesday, Feb. 17.
A woman gets a drive-thru ash blessing with a Q-tip outside of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead Wednesday, Feb. 17.Tanner Robinson / WDAY

He added once they reopen to in-person services, he's hoping that new fanbase sticks around.

"It will be different, potentially, but still we stand in the Liturgy and the seasons of the church, and those continue regardless," Fensom said.

Pastors at Trinity Lutheran hope to reopen to the public sometime in March.