Labyrinth walks coming to Redeemer

Beginning on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, there will be monthly labyrinth walks at Church of the Redeemer. These walks are open to the entire Northshore community or beyond as part of the spiritual outreach of Redeemer. It is one way for you to pray, whether you are a part of the Redeemer parish or not.

A labyrinth is an ancient prayer tool found on all continents and in various cultures, including the early church. It provides a structured way to spend quiet time with the Holy.

Monthly walks on the Circle of Peace labyrinth

Circle of Peace labyrinth

Circle of Peace labyrinth by Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty. “Circle of Peace” is a trademark of Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty.

The walks are on evenings on the third Tuesday of the month. These will take place in the Parish Hall found in the undercroft of the main church building

At 6:30 pm, a volunteer team of three will lay out the beautiful Circle of Peace™ labyrinth.

The guided walks begin at 7:00 pm, concluding at 8:00 pm. A team of docents assist the facilitator with the walks.

From 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm, a team of four stores the labyrinth for next time.

The first walk is scheduled for September 20, 2016, at 7:00 pm. This evening will combine of a themed walk for the upcoming Feast of St. Michael and All Angels and a training for those who want to help with this ministry. If you are interested in helping with this ministry and cannot attend on September 20, individual training can be provided.

For monthly walks to happen, we need volunteers. Please consider participating in this ministry. The sign-up on the sheet is in the Parish Hall.

Questions? Ask Bee Jay at church or at labyrinth@redeemer-kenmore.org.

Table Top Labyrinths on September 18

During both coffee hours on September 18, you have the opportunity to explore “finger walking” a labyrinth at Church of the Redeemer.

These will occur at about 9:00 am and 11:30 am in the Parish Hall.

Cindy MacDonald finger walking a labyrinth.

What is a labyrinth?

Labyrinths have existed from ancient Greece and pre-Columbian America. There has been a rebirth in using them as a spiritual practice.

Walking a labyrinth centers your mind. You can have an intention as you follow the path, or not. There is no one right way to do this. Each person experiences it differently.

Jaeger Fox taking his first labyrinth walk.

Circle of Peace labyrinth

The monthly labyrinth walks at Church of the Redeemer will use the Circle of Peace labyrinth. This labyrinth design is a 7-circuit concentric circle pattern. It is a contemporary design that blends elements of the classical and medieval patterns. It is most similar to a manuscript labyrinth drawn around the year 1000 in Oxfordshire, England, that is attributed to an abbot of the Abingdon Abbey. The manuscript labyrinth has six circuits. Adding another circuit between the three outer paths with the three inner paths symbolically connects the labyrinth walker’s outer self and inner, spiritual self.

(Description of the Circle of Peace labyrinth taken from Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty, pathsofpeace.com.)

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

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