An Ancient Spiritual Practice

First United has created a sacred labyrinth in the church hall. It is modeled after the one found in the famous cathedral at Chartres, France, pictured to the right.

The labyrinth is a kind of walking meditation tool. It was created in an attempt to provide a vehicle for deepening spiritual awareness and prayerful life for people within and beyond the church community. We pray that as you walk this path, you might experience the presence of God’s healing light and holy wisdom.

For the last decade or so there has been a renewed interest in this ancient spiritual tool of spiritual transformation. Used for meditation and prayer, labyrinths can be found in many of the cathedrals and churches built during the 12th century in Europe.

Not to be confused with a maze, a labyrinth combines the spiritually symbolic circle and spiral shapes into a design which has only one path leading circuitously into the centre. The same path is then followed back out again. It invites us in a symbolic way to surrender to the many turns we encounter on life’s journey.

There is something about walking the paths and turns that allows us to pray and meditate more deeply. It can calm the confused mind and the fearful heart. It can assist us to shed the distractions of daily life, open ourselves to God, and move back out again into the world with a sense of renewal. At its most basic level, the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the centre of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.

The labyrinth is available any time the church is open and the room is not otherwise booked. Call the office (mornings only) for times and for more information. There is a brochure available with more suggestions about how to get the most out of walking the labyrinth.

Creating the Labyrinth