Welcome to our labyrinth!
A labyrinth is a like a maze but has just a single winding path from the entrance to the centre.
Labyrinths have been used for centuries by Christians and others as a way to slow down, find space, and reflect.
How did this come about?
Several months ago, Revd Richard Jevons made the suggestion that we create a labyrinth on the open space to the right of the path up to the church building. I decided to take on the challenge, and after consulting many websites and making some careful measurements to see what we could fit in, I came up with a plan. (Feel free to copy this if you can make any use of it. The numbers in red are measurements in metres from the centre.)
It wasn’t until Good Friday that I had a chance to put the plan into action so that morning I headed down to the church armed with my plan, a long rope, a wooden stake, a tape measure, and lots of tent pegs.
After a quick phone call to David to ask how to start the mower, I soon got into the swing of it. I marked out four quadrants with the pegs and then mowed the seven arcs around three of the quadrants, leaving the fourth one – with the entrance and extra turns – until the end.
If you are in the area, please do come and walk our labyrinth.
How do I walk a labyrinth?
There is no single right way to do it, but we suggest that you pause for a moment before beginning, and then take your time to walk slowly, letting your feet follow the path until you reach the centre. Breath slowly and steadily. Pause for as long as you want at the centre, and then return to the outside by the way you came.
As you walk, you might like to repeat quietly to yourself one of the following simple prayers, or one of your own:
- Lord have mercy.
- Lead me, O God.
- Be still and know that I am God.
- Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.
- Lead me, Lord.
The labyrinth will be staying for a while, I hope well into the summer.
We wish you a very happy Easter!