As the season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday, the Rev. Emily Oliver stood outside her Clearwater church, Sky Crest United Methodist, placing the sign of the cross on those motorists and pedestrians who stopped by as they began their busy day.
It was part of the church's "Ashes to Go" ministry.
The season of Lent lasts for 40 days leading up to Easter.
Oliver says people get the ashes on their heads as a reminder that they are sinners. "People had ashes on their heads in the Bible as a symbol of mourning and repentance and sadness, but we do ours in the sign of the cross," said Oliver.
"It reminds us also of Easter that our hope for forgiveness and change is in Jesus."