For our summer series on prayer, we’ll have the labyrinth set up in Rowell Hall from Sunday July 15th to Sunday August 12th. If you haven’t had much experience with prayer/meditation…then this is a great introduction to centering yourself, spending time with God and exploring inner peace. If you are new to the labyrinth, please see the basic information surrounding etiquette and how-to tips below. And if you have any questions please feel free to contact Grant:

Labyrinth Etiquette

Do your best to maintain silence on and around the labyrinth

Please walk in socks – this helps keep the fabric clean

There is a single path in and out – it is not a maze

There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to walk – it is a metaphor for your life’s journey

Feel free to walk at your own pace – if you need to pass someone either coming towards you or if you are passing simply step to the side

Please do not engage others in conversation while walking the labyrinth

You may remain in the center as long as you wish before beginning your journey back

Please no more than 5 people on the labyrinth at one time

Labyrinth Tips

The labyrinth is a spiritual tool for nurturing sensitivity, self-awareness, and a connection to our neighbors and to God.

This form of meditation is great for beginners – just walk and see what happens!

Although the middle of the Labyrinth is the destination, it is not the goal. The inward and outward journey is just as substantive as the center.

Many folks focus on:

Releasing sin (anxieties, fears, guilt, pain) on the walk to the center

Receiving God’s presence (or silence) in the center

Reuniting that presence of God with our daily lives as we reenter the world – or – Reentering our world anew with a fresh perspective

Others bring specific prayer requests, difficulties or questions they wish to address throughout the walk.

Some may repeat a word or phrase as one would do in meditation such as “Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus in Aramaic)”, “Lord, have mercy on me”, “God restores my soul”, etc.

Each walk is unique, depending on what your spirit brings to the labyrinth today.

Before beginning, take a second to quiet your mind, centering your spirit. When you begin walking, walk at whatever pace feels most comfortable for you – there is no right/wrong way.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” Matthew 7:7-8 KJV