First Congregational ChurchOf Bellingham

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ – 10 am Sunday Service

 

The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool, a walking medication, a path of prayer. Walking the labyrinth can reduce stress, quiet the mind, open the heart and bring one closer to God. People come to the labyrinth to heal, to be enriched in the spiritual life, seeking peace, seeking insight. It can be a transformational tool, opening us to change in our spirit, in our minds, in our bodies.

Our labyrinth is generally in the chapel available for walking during church office hours and on Sunday mornings. Trained guides are on hand to assist in any way while walkers enjoy the peace and beauty of a traditional labyrinth surrounded by glowing candles, water gently cascading over stones and soft music playing in the background. The labyrinth is also available at other times for private walks and it is carried into the community for special events and to the Pacific Northwest Conference Annual Meeting.

There are many styles of labyrinths. The labyrinth at FCCB is a modified 7-circuit labyrinth, using principles of sacred geometry. The design is based on the medieval, 11-circuit labyrinth found at Chartres Cathedral in France. The Chartres labyrinth is believed to date from about 1220.

Our labyrinth was painted at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, on a 24-foot diameter canvas. This is smaller than the 36-foot, 11-circuit labyrinth so that it might fit into our chapel, as well as our social hall and narthex.

Up to 20 people can walk the labyrinth at one time. Some people lengthen their walk by walking the “lunations,” the design on the outside edge of the painted labyrinth, before or after walking the labyrinth.

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