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Create an Outdoor Labyrinth
There are countless variations to this project that extend the blessings of a labyrinth to all ages, abilities and beyond the congregation: get creative with location, builders, size and materials!
- Locate the labyrinth on church grounds. (A temporary labyrinth is a great use for the parking lot while it’s not being used for cars.)
- Initiate the build with an online introduction to labyrinths and labyrinth walking as a contemplative practice: this could be one intergenerational or several age-specific studies – either way, get lots of folks involved!
- Invite youth and elders to build it together. A temporary labyrinth is easily laid out with yarn and a few stakes or large rocks.
- Encourage those with physical or health-concern limitations to pray for those doing the building.
- Create a kiosk with information and introductions for walkers.
- ~Create an on-site “journal” to serve as a Guest Book/registry/reflections board and/or create an online journal/facebook group for walkers to share their reflections, if they feel so moved.
- Invite neighbors!!!
A second option
- Invite members to create a labyrinth in their own yard or in a communal open space.
- The build could be a family or a group project;
- Non-builders can pray for each individual household project, or one in particular [that of a mentee, a Co-
Visitor (see Great Idea for Congregational Life!), a particular loved one, etc.);
- Create info and guest registry for reflection;
- Invite neighbors!!
Take the time to consider
- accessibility for people with different abilities when determining location, surface and width of lanes;
- local and state distancing recommendations when inviting additional walkers: observe best practices and encourage all walkers to do the same!
- inviting neighbors to either a “ground-breaking” ceremony (no ground is broken, so that is not literal) and/or an “opening” (outdoor labyrinths are always accessible, so this, too, is metaphorical) to generate interest and awareness that this is for anyone and everyone!
- include your congregation’s name and online platform(s) info somewhere near the labyrinth: people may have questions!
- create the labyrinth with hay bales for a fall iteration
- trace the labyrinth in the snow and light with luminaria for beautiful winter evening walks; some congregations are using this as a Christmas Eve or New Years Eve observance!
Bless the labyrinth(s) at a Grand Opening celebration and walk in the Spirit!