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.
Today we finished placing the stones into the paths of the labyrinth. We are still in the process of preparing a 4 foot red stone walkway around the perimeter of the labyrinth. Please join us on Saturday October 29th at any time between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM to assist with our efforts to create a walkway around the labyrinth. A lunch will be provided. Many thanks to the many faithful people in our congregation, friends, family and Mark Snyder for devoting their time and energy, or prepared food to share, through the long and productive workdays.
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.
Our volunteer workers were busy this past Saturday. Too busy in fact to be taking pictures while we were working, but not too busy to bring you these latest images of our labyrinth’s progress.
Many thanks to everyone who helped clean up the garden space, tote bricks, lay bricks, mix mortar, and provide food for the crew on September 24. Good progress was made. Remaining work includes mortaring in a thousand or so bricks, and many people are needed for this. Coaching is available, so even if you’ve never laid bricks, this is your chance to learn and move the project along at the same time. Come for as many or as few hours as you can. The crews will be there from 9 AM to 6 PM. Snacks, drinks, and lunch provided.
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 goal for this work phase will be to install the defining lines of the labyrinth circuits. The lines will be brick on a mortar base. The pattern will have been drawn on the ground before the work day begins. Additionally, the main garden spaces need to be defined and the pathways cleared.
1. Brick and Mortar installation:
• moving bricks from pallets to brick layers
• mixing and moving mortar where needed
• laying the brick and mortar (B&M)
If you are skilled at brick and mortar installation you will be a big help!
Tools that will be of use:
• joint tools
• levels (12”, 18”, 24”, 48”),
• laser level
• hammer and chisel
• cutting tools
• rubber gloves for mortar work
• additional cement mixer.
We intend to rent one from Home Depot. If someone can pick this up early on the morning of the 24th it will speed things along. A pick up truck may be necessary. We can coordinate the paper work before pickup so you wouldn’t have to bother with that.
2. Garden Space Development:
(less heavy but still demanding job)
• clearing the garden paths of mulch and distributing the mulch to garden beds
• cleaning up and disposing of unwanted debris
Tools that will be of use:
• shovels both round spade and flat
• garden rakes
• large buckets
• pick up truck for hauling materials to dumpster or woods
Food and drink:
It would be wonderful to have cold drinks and lunch and snack food available to the workers. A portable shade structure would also be handy to cover refreshments and provide a place to retreat from the weather, if necessary. We will have a couple of tables and some chairs.
• Friends and family welcome to help.
• Please let Mike Fabian know if you’re coming and talk with him about a possible job for you.
• Please park in the church parking lot.
• Please label any personal items, especially tools. It’s easy to lose them.
• For your own comfort don’t forget gloves, hats, bug spray, sun block.
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.