As a part of our Lenten worship services and finding ways to connect more profoundly with God, you will have the opportunity to experience a Prayer Labyrinth, which is on loan to us from our brothers and sisters at Newburgh United Methodist Church and which will be open in the CUMC Pavilion next week (March 1-6). This Sunday (March 1), Pastor Cheryl will offer a presentation at 11am about the Prayer Labyrinth in the Pavilion for people of all ages.

Prayer labyrinths are not well-known to some people, but are very ancient and have been found dating back centuries. The beautiful, hand-painted labyrinth that we will be using is a large, canvas replica of an ancient labyrinth constructed around 1200 A.D. in the stone floor of Chartres Cathedral in France and will be laid out flat on the floor of the Pavilion. As you enter, you will be invited to remove your shoes and then walk the path of the labyrinth. Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has only a single path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. As you walk along at your own pace, the path of the labyrinth leads to the center, which represents the heart of God. 

Before the Crusades and before many people could read, whole villages made pilgrimages in Lent to learn about Jesus and to visit the holy sites. As travel became more dangerous, labyrinths were installed in the floors of certain cathedrals to provide for a “pilgrimage” experience closer to home. Today, labyrinths are available in churches and hospitals and some retreat centers. Some labyrinths are permanent installations inside buildings or on walkways. Some are portable canvas labyrinths and others have been crafted with grasses and plantings as outdoor labyrinths.

Come to the Pavilion this Sunday at 11am to learn more about the Prayer Labyrinth. You will have the opportunity to walk the labyrinth yourself during several scheduled opportunities, where hosts will be available to assist you and answer any questions you might have. Should one of these times not work for you, feel free to contact Pastor Cheryl to schedule another time.

Scheduled times:

  • Sunday, March 1: 12noon-2pm
  • Monday, March 2: 6-8pm
  • Tuesday, March 3: 3-5pm and 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, March 4: 6-8pm
  • Thursday, March 5: 3-5pm and 6-8pm
  • Friday, March 6: 3-5pm