A few years ago, a prayer labyrinth was created for a youth retreat at Northwest United Methodist Church in Columbus. Using masking tape, Associate Pastor Chris Rinker spent five hours creating the labyrinth. Each year following, volunteers created the labyrinth. This became the inspiration to build a permanent structure.
“This labyrinth,” said the Rev. Mebane McMahon, Northwest lead pastor, “is one more way to invite neighbors and groups to our campus for reflection, renewal and reconnection. All are welcome.”
A walking prayer labyrinth is an expression of the interior journey toward Christ. Labyrinths have been used to create intentional quiet space to pray and listen to God. Dating back 5,000 years, the most famous example is the stone labyrinth inlaid on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Once an area was designated, a landscaper prepared the space, and church volunteers laid the pavers. The project is scheduled to be competed in the next few weeks.
“We plan for it to be used for individual prayer, structured prayer experiences with small groups and contemplative worship,” McMahon said.
Visit the Northwest UMC Facebook page to watch the progress of this sacred structure.