All are welcome at our labyrinth!

World Labyrinth Day Workshop and Walk May 7th at noon

Every year in May thousands of people around the globe participate in World Labyrinth Day as a moving meditation for world peace and a celebration of the labyrinth experience. Groups everywhere “Walk as One at 1” local time to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy passing from one time zone to the next. The St. Timothy Lutheran Church Outreach Committee is hosting a labyrinth/meditation workshop and sack lunch beginning at noon on Saturday, May 7th.  Participants will gather outside by the labyrinth (located behind the church at 650 East Main Street in Hendersonville) and should bring a lawn chair. We will begin our labyrinth walk at 1 pm.  This event will take place rain or shine and is open to all ages.

Kate Thomas, a member of our congregation, will hold a one-hour workshop at noon for anyone interested in finding out more about labyrinths, their purpose and history, and how to walk a labyrinth.

A sack lunch will be served; participants should register for the lunch and workshop by May 5th at this link:  tinyurl.com/sttimothylabyrinthday.

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St. Timothy Labyrinth

About our labyrinth

Labyrinths have been around for over 4,000 years. The earliest Christian labyrinth was most likely that found in the fourth-century basilica of Reparatus in Orleansville, Algeria. The development of the medieval Christian labyrinth was a breakthrough in design. It contained a path of eleven circles and was cruciform. These labyrinths flourished throughout the 11th and 12th centuries in the French cathedrals of Sens, Chartres, Poitiers, Bayeux, Amiens, and Rheims and in the Italian cathedrals at Lucea and San Mariadi-Trastavera in Rome.

The labyrinth here at St. Timothy Lutheran Church is a seven-circuit labyrinth patterned after one found in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. The age of the design is not known but the floor of the church was reconstructed with this design in the 16th century after floods damaged the church.

In contemporary use, labyrinths provide an opportunity for personal reflection, spiritual practice, or the reduction of stress in many different public and private settings. Over 6,000 labyrinths, including the one at St. Timothy, are listed on the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator website.

Solvitur Ambulando (It is solved by walking)

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