Submitted by Sharon Winegarden
What is happening to the vacant land adjacent to the United Church in Lion’s Head? The ground is being cleared and levelled but it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a building going up. Instead, there looks like a lot of flattening out and designing.
For those who have experienced a labyrinth before, the site will start to look familiar. For those who don’t have any idea what a labyrinth is, read on. The Lion’s Head and Pike Bay United Church congregations decided to expand their outreach programs into the community in this unique and special way. The placement of a labyrinth, alongside the church was thought to be a good way of inviting community and visitor participation in a meaningful way to relax and enjoy a new experience. Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation, and prayer. You walk slowly along a circuitous pathway to the centre and then re-trace your steps, letting go of stresses and worries along the way.
As the plans grew, it became apparent that costs could be a deciding factor in just how elaborate this would become. With the help of Peninsula Outdoors Landscaping, a design was approved and will soon come to fruition. The timing of this project seems to be very appropriate, considering where we are today with social distancing, worries about The Virus, and a need for connecting with the natural world again.
Pictures and further information on this new addition will be forthcoming as work progresses.
Those interested in helping with the project in any way may contact the Lion’s Head United Church and leave your name and number and we will contact you or contact Mike Finnigan, Joanne Rodgers or Jan Mackie.