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The labyrinth is a unicursal path, one way in and the same way out.  It is not a maze. It does not trick the walker.  The labyrinth is a pre-Christian symbol going back over four thousand years.  We do not know where the design came from and how it provides sacred space.  It just does.  

A labyrinth is a walking meditation.   It is a means for being with God.   Some young people have a short attention span when it comes to meditations or prayer. The movement of walking a labyrinth helps.

Youth may be introduced to the three-fold exercise of releasing those angers, hurts, or forgiveness issues as they walk in;  praying and receiving acceptance, peace,  or grace from God as they stand in the center circle;  and receiving guidance on the walk out. They may also be encouraged to walk the labyrinth without any intensions.  Either way, they are being with God.   

Making space for allowing God to speak to young people through labyrinths is my intention.  Finger labyrinths are available in the worship room for those times a walk is appropriate in the story for the day, i.e. Abram and Sarai leaving on their journey.  They are also available for times when the entire world is walking in solidarity for a country hurt by disaster, i.e. Haiti and Japan.  When finished with individual work, walking a hand-held labyrinth, curled up on  a pillow, is meditative.  Wooden, cloth, plastic, pewter, and sand labyrinths are available in the room.

Teaching youth to make a three or seven circuit labyrinth as well as a seed-sprout labyrinth is one means of having them have access to a labyrinth at all times. 

A twenty-four foot canvas labyrinth is put down in the fellowship hall and used during Vacation Bible School and other times when wanted or needed.