Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I wonder as I wander: St. Luke's has a labyrinth!

The labyrinth on the left; prayer chapel on the right
We celebrate the completion of a walking meditation prayer labyrinth on the St. Luke's campus! This project was conceived by our evangelism committee as another way to welcome people and invite them to engage with God. By walking the labyrinth's path (one way in and one way out) the walker slows down and takes a little pilgrimage toward God as they wind and turn toward the center. 
Later, when our parish went through a "dream work" process to identify our dreams for the buildings and campus, the idea of a labyrinth emerged as a priority. When St. Luker and Eagle Scout candidate, Kirby C., was looking for a project, we suggested it to him, and he enthusiastically agreed to research and execute the design and building of the labyrinth. The bricks outlining the pathways were leftover from when our church was built in the late 1960's and recently rediscovered in a pile elsewhere on our property. Kirby and his crew of volunteers (Eagle Scout candidates are supposed to lead the project not do it all themselves) have just about finished their work. The labyrinth is adjacent to another Eagle Scout project from years ago, our outdoor chapel (designed and built by Wes B., who is now a youth group adviser). We hope to use this area of the campus much more often now. Many, many thanks to Kirby and all those who lent their time and energy to make this project become a reality. Now it is time for a group of St. Luker's to adopt the labyrinth and share it with the congregation and the community. Be in touch with us if you are interested in becoming a "labyrinth keeper."
Kirby C. the Eagle Scout candidate who made this happen.
Above: the site before. Below: Mr. Foreman
gathering the bricks from the hidden brick pile in the woods
digging the trenches for the pathway borders

work crew as the labyrinth is coming together

laying out bricks. The bricks are reinforced by  metal rods and concrete
With gravel added, now the labyrinth is ready for walking

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