Yesterday Yr6 went to St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church to experience a prayer labyrinth from Pilgrims Paths during Holy Week. www.pilgrimspaths.co.uk
They learnt that the labyrinth is an Ancient path which has existed for over 4000 years! A labyrinth is different from a maze. A maze is full of dead-ends and tricks. A labyrinth has only one path that always leads to the centre… if you stay on the path you cannot get lost.
Walking prayerfully is very much part of the Christian tradition. The labyrinth is known to have been embraced by Christians since the fourth century as a support for prayer and contemplation.
Walking a labyrinth can enable the walker to have some ‘quiet time’ with the Lord in the busy rush of everyday life. Time to think, to pray, explore thoughts and just ‘be’ with God.
Yr 6 got a chance to walk this path in a time of prayerful reflection for a loved one who may be sick or needing prayer at this time. When they reached the centre they picked up a heart and prayed for that person before making their journey back.
Whilst others were on the maze the rest of the class were doing a tricky quiz around the church identify different sections and their meanings and observing more closely things they have seen many times but may not have noticed! Everyone enjoyed the session.