Kingshill Baptist Church

Serving the communities of Little and Great Kingshill

  • Windsor Lane
  • Little Kingshill
  • Great Missenden
  • Bucks
  • HP16 0DZ

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THE KINGSHILL LABYRINTH

Grass mown labyrinth at Kingshill Baptist Church

Help us uphold social distancing guidelines

PLEASE - ONE PERSON (or household) TO USE THE LABYRINTH AT A TIME


If you like to watch rather than read, why not have a look at a video shot by Rev Elizabeth Lowson from St Peter and Paul Great Missenden for their facebook page.


Diagram of a seven-circuit Chartres labyrinth



WHAT?

This is a labyrinth, a single twisting path with no choices or dead ends. The path leads you to the centre. There is no separate way out of the labyrinth; your steps must be retraced.





13th Century Hebrew manuscript depicting Jericho at the centre

WHY?

Labyrinths have been used in prayer and meditation, and as pilgrimages in miniature since the 4th Century AD. They provide a great way to engage more of your senses and body in prayer.

We (Kingshill Baptist Church) have mown this labyrinth for all to enjoy at any time. No matter what your position on faith, we encourage you to use this as either a meditation, prayer, spiritual exercise, , a chance to change the pace of your day, to reflect, or relax.


HOW?

There is no ‘right way’ to use a labyrinth, but my recommendation would be to have a personal question, issue or problem to think about. as you…

  1. Walk slowly and meditatively around the path
  2. Rest in the centre
  3. Return back along the path – have you learned or heard anything?


Help us uphold social distancing guidelines

PLEASE - ONE PERSON (or household) TO USE LABYRINTH AT A TIME


HOW ELSE?

  • Here are some other ideas and tips for using the labyrinth

  • Run round it.
  • Allow the experience to speak to you (or allow God to speak through the experience).
  • Repeat a word or short phrase as you walk. Try one of the following lines of scripture; or substitute something you feel more comfortable with
    • Lead me in the way everlasting
    • Make me to know your ways, O God; teach me your paths.
    • Cast all your anxiety on God, because God cares for you
  • Treat the walk as three parts of a whole:
    1. Let go of the things that crowd your mind as you walk to the centre.
    2. Treat the centre as a place of waiting and revelation.
    3. Contemplate how to integrate what you have experienced on the labyrinth with the world ‘outside the labyrinth’ as you make the return journey

                        Ancient medieval labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral