The Labyrinth Ministry has touched people of all ages both within and beyond our church. Walking this prayer path connects us to a long contemplative tradition within the Christian church at the same time as it helps to calm and centre us in our daily lives.
What is a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth is a circular pattern with a circuitous design within it and has only one path that leads from the outer edge to the center, as this is the goal. Once you reach the center, you turn around and walk back out.
What are the Benefits?
Labyrinth has become a sacred path for many – a quiet space to invite God and have confidence that his presence will affect our journey in some way. Everyone is welcome.
People walk the labyrinth to relax as it is seen as a walking meditation or believe it is a tool used for psychological and spiritual transformation. Labyrinth’s are ancient and is sacred in many traditions. Christians have been using the labyrinth since the fourth century. It is walked to become closer to God, however, it can be used for all people as a non-denominational blueprint for well-being.
Labyrinth has become a sacred path for many – a quiet space to invite God and have confidence that his presence will affect our journey in some way.
We Invite You to Join Us
Ever since TEMC volunteers created our first canvas in 1999, the Labyrinth Ministry has touched people of all ages both within and beyond our church. Walking this prayer path connects us to a long contemplative tradition within the Christian church at the same time as it helps to calm and centre us in our daily lives.
Here at TEMC, we introduce you to the labyrinth in an articulate and effective way. The 36' Chartres style labyrinth is located in the Flora McCrea Auditorium along with tables for reflective writing or artwork.
We extend a warm invitation, as everyone is welcome, to join us for candlelit meditative walks on our labyrinth prayer path, December through May, from 10 am to 1 pm on the first Sunday of the month.
Invitation: All are welcome
When: November through May
Days offered: First Sunday of the Month (No walk in December)
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Flora McCrea Auditorium, room 107
Changes in Our Labyrinth Ministry
Susan Howard has been our creative facilitator and guide, leading workshops and hosting monthly Sunday walks for the last nine years. Her enthusiasm for this spiritual focus has been contagious and inspiring. Susan’s personal warmth draws one into the mystery of this walk and has become a sacred path for many – a quiet space to invite God and have confidence that his presence will affect our journey in some way.
As Susan prepares to move to southwest Saskatchewan, the passing of the baton will go to Martha Esin – “While Susan is moving on to expand her passion for the work of the labyrinth in larger venues, we will miss her terribly and hope she returns from time to time to hold our hands once again. We thank her for her pioneering spirit in this important work for the church”.
For information on other labyrinths and events in Southern Ontario, please visit the Labyrinth Community Network (LCN) web site at http://labyrinthnetwork.ca/.
Tips for walking the Labyrinth
Walking the Labyrinth is as simple and as difficult as taking the first step. Just put one foot in front of the other and stay focused on the path ahead. Here are some tips for making the most of your experience:
- Be present in the moment. Focus on your breathing; notice how your body feels as you walk. Observe where your mind wants to take you
- Find your own pace. Some people move quickly and some walk very slowly, while others choose to skip and dance
- Walk with intent, not expectation. Walking the Labyrinth can often help you find direction for a problem or goal, but expecting a definitive answer may leave you frustrated
- Pass other walkers when necessary. Simply step to the side and step back into your lane once you have passed the other walker. Where possible, the person coming out should yield to the person walking inward
- Emotions sometimes come to the surface while walking. Take time to feel, explore and experience these emotions
- Spend as much time at the centre, as you feel necessary. At the centre of the Labyrinth, take time to reflect on where you are in your walk, your journey and your thoughts
- Take time to reflect on your experience as you exit the Labyrinth. How do you feel now? Is it different from when you started? How is your breathing? What thoughts came to mind? Feel free to sit quietly and reflect, do some sketches, or write and draw about your experiences.