Church says ‘Blessing of the Skiers’ a way to reach out to community

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Chapstick, hot chocolate and religious blessings were all available for free Saturday morning at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church hosted the 2nd annual Blessing of the Skiers at a park and ride lot.

Several people took the opportunity to enrich their souls before hitting the slopes. Pastor Jeff Beebe said the event is one way they try to reach out to the community.

“We realize not everyone's going to come to the church building, but this is the way for us to get out to people and share the message, share God's love out in the community," he said.

Beebe said the idea came from a Lutheran church in another state that was offering blessings to surfers.