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The Discipleship Committee is excited to introduce a Labyrinth ministry to CPC. A handmade, 24 X 24 foot canvas labyrinth is being made for our congregation and should arrive in time for use during Advent.
What is a labyrinth?
Used for thousands of years, labyrinths are present in almost every religious tradition and culture. Labyrinths have been a part of the Christian experience from as early as the 4th Century (Algeria). In the 12th Century, labyrinths became prominent in the great cathedrals of Europe. Medieval Christians walked labyrinths as an alternative to taking a hazardous pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Recently, Christians around the world have enjoyed a renewed interest in labyrinths as “modern pilgrims” on their own spiritual journeys. The labyrinth has again become a tool to encourage prayer, contemplation, meditation, and spiritual growth. The rhythm of walking, placing one foot in front of the other, quiets the minds, relaxes the body and refreshes the spirit.
A labyrinth is not a maze. There is no possibility of finding a dead end or getting lost in the pattern. Labyrinths have one path in and one path out.
The Community Presbyterian Church labyrinth pattern is based on a well-known labyrinth which can still be seen and walked in the Chartres Cathedral in France. Our labyrinth is scaled down to a smaller sized canvas so that can be used in a variety of spaces but still retains the sacred geometry of the Chartres pattern.
Who will be able to walk and pray the labyrinth?
Everyone! Children, youth, adults, church groups, and even guests from the community will have the opportunity to use the labyrinth for years to come. The Discipleship Committee anticipates the labyrinth ministry will be particularly useful as a spiritual discipline during our church seasons of Advent and Lent.
Want to learn more? Come to “Learn about Labyrinths” with Mary Ellen Vernon on Tuesday, November 5 at 6:30 or Thursday, November 21 at 3:30 PM. Both classes to be held in the Great Room of the Everette House. These hour-long presentations will introduce you to labyrinths, explore the labyrinth as a tool for prayer, and share pictures of Christian labyrinths from around the world. If our labyrinth has arrived by the time of the presentations, participants will have an opportunity to walk and pray the labyrinth following the presentation.
Sock Drive: We are collecting new socks for a service project in January. We will be taking as many donations of new, white socks (either men’s or women’s) as possible. Please drop off at church office for Mary Ellen. Donated socks will be given to an area homeless ministry or shelter in January.
Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
P.O. Box 1449
Pinehurst, NC 28370
125 Everette Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374
GriefShare presents “Surviving the Holidays”, a special two-hour program for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The holidays are times when families and friends come together to celebrate. But those same holidays bring the painful emotions of grief and make the joy of being with others even more challenging than usual. Trying to “put on a happy face” seems almost impossible in the face of grieving our loved one’s death. You are invited to join the GriefShare program facilitators for “Surviving the Holidays” on Sunday, November 17th, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Fannie B. Gray Parlor. All who are grieving the death of a loved one are invited. This is an open community event and you do not need to attend the church to participate. The afternoon will include a special GriefShare DVD presentation followed by open conversation and insights by those who facilitate GriefShare in area churches. Light refreshments will be provided as we gather to share in the discussion. Other than introducing yourself, no one will ask you to speak. We ask everyone to respect the confidentiality of all who participate. This is a safe place to come and learn, and be comforted, surrounded by prayer and God’s love.
You may RSVP to Community Presbyterian Church at (910) 295-6848. There is no charge to attend.