The labyrinth has one well-defined path
that leads to the center and back again.
Once a month (currently the first Tuesday of each month, November through May), the labyrinth is available in Congregational Hall for walking
between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m (last walk begins at 7:15 p.m.). We encourage you to plan on spending an
hour for your first walk. A guide will be available to answer questions.
Many have walked the 36-foot, 11-circuit,
Chartres pattern floor labyrinth at The Middleton Center since the Labyrinth
Ministry began in 2001. All are welcome. The Middleton Center labyrinth serves
as a bridge for reaching Christian seekers and friends for all faiths in our
local community and beyond.
Walking the labyrinth is a very individual experience. You honor God with this
walk and provide a pathway to prayer. Consistent walking may deepen your
compassion, lessen your judgments, increase your patience, and enable you to
find your purpose in life to share with the world.
Come with others to celebrate the space
centered in quiet and light. Your walk may offer clarity for life direction,
healing of grief, identification of a turning point, or a calming of noise from
daily demands. Intentional walking allows the labyrinth to be a prayerful tool
to bring awareness to your questions and concerns.
Your walk will involve four stages:
- Remembering: In preparation,
remember you are blessed. Count your blessings if you are waiting to enter
- Release: At entry, clear your mind,
focus on breathing, and walk with intention. This stage ends at the center.
- Receive: At the center, sit or
stand and take what is offered in this space. Pray or listen to the
silences. Stay as long as you want.
- Integrate: Leaving the center,
follow the save path outward. Symbolically, you are moving into the world
with what insights you have received during the meditative walk.
Click here to read a March 12, 2012 Philadelphia Inquirer article
regarding the Labyrinth Ministry at BMPC.
Labyrinth is available for walking at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church at specified
times. The labyrinth is also available to
rent for a workshop or retreat. Please call the Middleton Center
at (610) 525-0766 for more information.