We are in final preparations for our World Labyrinth Day Celebration on May 6 from 11-3:00 PM and welcome you to join us this Saturday at 9:30 AM to help prepare the landscape surrounding the labyrinth. Please bring work gloves and we look forward to seeing you there.
This Saturday, April 8th help is needed to begin preparing the outdoor labyrinth and garden space for the May 6th World Labyrinth Celebration Day at Prince of Peace.
We will begin at 9:30 am and work till 4:00 pm.
Our tasks will be:
1.) Distributing soil to key areas where trees are to be planted.
2.) Cleaning up fallen branches and debris from the area.
All hands are needed to properly grade the ground surrounding the labyrinth before the additional planting and stone work can be installed. Please bring shovels, rakes, mattocks, hand tampers, and wheel barrows (if you have them) to help out with the work at hand. Come help out for an hour or more. Whatever time you can spare this Saturday in service to this project is greatly appreciated.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Labyrinth and Meditation Garden Clean-Up Day
If you have any questions, please contact Lois Case at email@example.com or Nancy Herrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you next Saturday!
Prince of Peace Church is sponsoring a community outreach celebration on World Labyrinth Day. The event will be held between 11:00-3:00 and a presentation will be held at 1:00 with a group walk around the labyrinth. All around the world, people join in a 1:00 walk around their chosen labyrinth on the first Saturday of May each year. Mayor Hsueh of West Windsor and Pastor Froehlke of Prince of Peace will welcome the community and Pastor Dale Selover will give an introduction to our labyrinths history, usage and spiritual purpose. The days festivities include art projects ( creating personal or community prayer flags and rock paintings), musical presentations, Yoga Soul, available food and drink, bake sale, and beautiful mugs with a labyrinth logo for sale. We are also introducing the community to The House Next Door, a spiritual retreat that is offering programs and events to the community in a safe and inviting environment.
We have a workday planned for April 1st to work on the landscaping and add a stone perimeter to the labyrinth. All are invited to help as we continue to improve the area surrounding the labyrinth.
The World-wide Labyrinth Locator is sponsored by the Labyrinth Society and Veriditas, Inc. which are wonderful resources for labyrinth information and contacts. The Labyrinth Locator provides an image, directions, maps, and specific information (such as the variety of labyrinth, the designer, builder, and the materials that were used to construct the labyrinth). There are many varieties of labyrinths in New Jersey and I encourage you to check it out at http://labyrinthlocator.com.
Today we celebrated the completion of the labyrinth at Prince of Peace on a beautiful fall day with a cool breeze. After the communion blessing at our 9:30 service, the congregation processed out to the labyrinth with the kite of Juanita Yoder leading the congregation. All of us were connected together with devotional readings, submitted by members of our congregation, that were written out on 6 foot linen strips. The congregation then surrounded the perimeter of the labyrinth to sing Amazing Grace with the sound of bells to accompany us. Pastor Peter Froehike offered readings and blessings from the center of the labyrinth and next to a burning candle inside a glass cylinder. The congregation then enjoyed a brunch picnic beside the labyrinth.
Plans are being made for an after service event to celebrate the construction of the labyrinth and to honor the special saints in our lives. Weather permitting, on November 6th and after the 9:30 service, we will gather the devotions that are hanging on the sanctuary banner and proceed out to the labyrinth with blessings, song and unity. There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex for those who would like to bring food and drink to share and bond with joy.
Unfortunately, the October 22nd workday was cancelled because of rain, wind and cold. We are still in the process of placing the stones into the paths of the labyrinth and preparing a 4 foot red stone walkway around the perimeter. Please join us on October 29th at any time between 9:30-5:00 to assist with our efforts to construct the labyrinth. A lunch is provided. Many thanks to all who are devoting their time, energy and food to make this labyrinth a reality.
All are invited to join our work crew on Wednesday, October 19th and Saturday, October 22 to complete the mortaring of the bricks and transferring the stones from our large pile to the paths of the labyrinth. We provide a wonderful lunch on Saturday and some refreshments on Wednesday, but you are also welcome to bring food or drink to share. We normally begin working by 10:00 on Wednesday and 9:00 on Saturday, but you are welcome to come by and assist when it fits your schedule. Work is completed for the day around 5:00. Come and be a part of creating a gift to the community that will bring peace for generations to come.
On September 24th, many of us from Prince of Peace, Mark Snyder (our professional landscaper), family, and friends gathered to help construct the labyrinth. Brush, rocks , and debris were removed and paths were cleared while others laid the bricks out in the prepared pattern on the landscape fabric. The next step involved carefully laying the bricks into mortar. A barbecue picnic was supplied and the weather was perfect.
The next work day is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th between 9:00 – 6:00 and we welcome all to help build our community labyrinth.
The beautiful deep red bricks have been ordered and on the date of Saturday September 24 (weather permitting) we will all gather to help place the bricks in mortar to form the walls inside the labyrinth and on the perimeter. We will also be preparing the designated paths leading to the labyrinth. The yellow, peach, light gray and white colored beach stone used on paths in the labyrinth and surrounding landscape will be brought into the site at a later date. Please mark your calendar and meet Mark Snyder, our professional artistic landscaper. Mark will direct the effort to where we are most needed. Please bring your own work gloves and share in the excitement. The time and any extra materials that may be needed will be posted at a later date.
An informative presentation of Labyrinth Program testimonials by Abbey Aymes, Ellie Crawford, Phyllis Church, and Kate Krehel was held at the Prince of Peace church service on July 10th. While the participants described their experiences and journeys to the congregation during the sermon, Nancy Herrington removed a section of silver tape from a painting of a street in Lorsch, Germany with a labyrinth drawn over the scene. The remaining silver tape represents the amount of funds needed to complete the outdoor construction of the labyrinth beside the church. The symbolism of the labyrinth on the empty street in Germany is meant to represent the journey, frustrations, setbacks, and fears as many refugees of different race, culture and religious beliefs are flooding into their town. The goal of peace, unity and acceptance is what we all are struggling to achieve throughout the world. On July 17th, Dave Herrington held up the labyrinth painting and Nancy Herrington, with great difficulty, removed another section of silver tape from the painting as we grow closer to our goal of full funding for the labyrinth. We are currently $50 short of our goal, as of July 24th, and many thanks to all who so graciously donated the necessary funds. Any additional donations will contribute to the landscaping and paths that are surrounding the labyrinth.