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LABYRINTH

A labyrinth is a sacred path and space used for prayer, meditation, and contemplation.

The public is welcome to walk the labyrinth at St. James United Methodist Church from dawn to dusk daily. "Walk and allow God to touch your life."

The labyrinth is located under the pavilion.

History of the Labyrinth

A labyrinth is a sacred path and space used for prayer, meditation, and contemplation. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has a single path to the center and back. It is walked with an attitude of prayer and meditation. Labyrinths date back as far as 1500 B.C. Medieval cathedrals often had labyrinths designed on the floors so Christians could walk the labyrinth rather than undertaking the hazardous pilgrimage to Jerusalem to walk in the "footsteps of Jesus." Walking the labyrinth models the classical three-fold spiritual path:


  • Walking in = emptying or letting go.
  • Time in the Center = illumination, clarity, or insight.
  • Walking out = union, initiative, and action in the world.


How to Walk the Labyrinth

There is no right way to walk the labyrinth.

The following may help you to gain the most from your walk:


  • Walk with an open mind and heart.
  • Do not expect your walk to be like anyone else's.
  • You may meet others on the path; simply allow them to pass.
  • You may wish to pass others if they are not moving at your pace.
  • Remain in the center as long as you wish; then follow the path out.

Why do people walk the Labyrinth?

Quiet time with God


To let go of their worries and concerns


To cope with grief and loss


For insight


For healing


For discernment


For forgiveness


Before an important event or decision


To pray

P-Praise

R-Restore

A-Abide

Y-Yield