WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE FRONT GARDEN??
What Shall We Do with the Front Garden? This is a question that has circulated around the Trustees meetings for several months. Many thanks to Pat Bond for decades of tending all of the gardens! In its heyday it was glorious! Unfortunately the maintenance is too great and it has become over grown and unruly.
Finding a solution to the front space that would be relatively maintenance free, beautiful and promoting a feeling of fellowship and peace, we came up with an idea of a Labyrinth.
What exactly is a labyrinth? Well, it depends on who you ask. Basically, a Labyrinth is a meandering path that leads to a center. Labyrinth walking can provide a sense of calm that is conducive to meditation, self-exploration and prayer. Though the practice of the Labyrinth is thousands of years old, these ancient patterns still speak to us today. With a culture so steeped in rapid stimulation, information and technology many yearn for places for quiet introspection and release. The labyrinth is a tool that enables us, in the midst of the busyness of life, to be still and focus our thoughts and feelings. They are paths of peace.
A labyrinth is an archetypal geometric pattern of nature for the purposes of spiritual communion, healing and self-understanding. Labyrinths are symbols of hope, wonder and self-discovery. Labyrinths can provide us with a path to change. They are walkable art to sooth the soul. It combines the imagery of a circle into a meandering but purposeful path. The act of walking a labyrinth back and forth, back and forth aids one in obtaining resonance. As you shift your direction you also shift your awareness from right brain to left brain which induces receptive states of consciousness.
The labyrinth is welcoming to the community; it will accommodate wheel chairs and strollers. And, it’s fun! It can be used by youth groups, prayer groups or individually. It is exercise for the body and soul. It is a quiet place to stop and reflect; to take time and pray.
As a Board of Trustees, we have come up with a design for the front garden that will incorporate and bridge the church with the cross. The plan uses the Labyrinth as the centerpiece, and would entail moving the flagpole, incorporating a place to sit, and giving an inviting entrance.
Our church would not build the Labyrinth until all finances are in place. So, we could use some support, both monetarily and physically. This would need to be special project giving, and one could talk with a Trustee member.
If we get the financing, we would hope to put this in this spring.