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St. Philip's Labyrinth To Provide Reflection, Contemplation And Rest


April 29, 2019

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This labyrinth is located at a church in West Virginia.

Brevard residents will soon have the opportunity to experience all that a sacred labyrinth has to offer. St. Philip's Episcopal Church is planning to construct a large labyrinth on its grounds. Near the Visitor's Center, Silvermont and the Farmer's Market, the labyrinth will be located in the grassy area behind the church. Surrounded by native plants, resting benches and trees, the labyrinth will provide the community a place for reflection, contemplation and rest.

To support this effort and in celebration of World Labyrinth Day (May 4), St. Philip's will host a two-day labyrinth event. At 7 p.m., Friday, May 3, downstairs in the fellowship hall, Tommy Bratton will give a short talk on what a labyrinth is, the history of labyrinths and how to walk a labyrinth. Bratton is a certified labyrinth facilitator and has served as minister of Christian Formation at First Baptist Church, Asheville, since 2004. He was instrumental in the planning and creation of its Sacred Garden, an outdoor sanctuary, which includes a labyrinth. St. Philip's' indoor labyrinth will be available upstairs in Miller Hall for meditative walking after his talk until 9 p.m. On Saturday, May 4, those interested may join others around the world taking steps for peace and "Walk as One at 1." Last year, there were participants in over 35 countries. People will gather in the sanctuary at 12:45 p.m. for an opening prayer by Reverend Tom Lewis and then proceed to Miller Hall to walk the labyrinth. The labyrinth will be available until 4 p.m. There is no charge for the two-day event, but a donation of $10 is suggested to support the outdoor labyrinth project.

Donations can be made by check made payable to St. Philip's, with labyrinth on the memo. The public may also give a bank draft or credit card at and select labyrinth under the fund. Text STP LAB to 73256 to give to the labyrinth fund using text messaging. Standard text messaging rates may apply.


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