As indicated on previous posts, making a temporary labyrinth is easy. Whether on a carpet, wood, or lino floor, a temporary tape labyrinth is easy to install with the right tool. I regularly make these labyrinths at camps, in our early learning centre and in classrooms. In this video I am using a packing tape dispenser I have modified on a long handle to make a simple six circuit spiral labyrinth in a kindergarten setting. With this tool I can make it in a couple of minutes and not break my back. Even the youngest of kids can walk it and the best part after they have each had a go at practicing stillness is that I invite them to help me rip up the tape off the floor, which they love.
The late Pastor Rick Zweck wrote this poem/prayer which is pictured below. He wrote it for people to reflect on as they walk the labyrinth. I have continued this tradition at Pacific Lutheran College and prayed it with students and staff as they walk the labyrinth he helped establish at the college. Rick's prayer touches upon so many parts of the Christian life in particular, I always find poignant his words;
You have created rivals - you will find companions.
You envisaged enemies - you will find brothers and sisters...
Set out! You were born for the road - the pilgrim's road...
Go! God already walks with you!
Recently I organised this prayer to be put on a plaque and installed at the entrance stone to our outside labyrinth at Pacific. It is a fitting reminder to all who stumble across our labyrinth why we encourage it use; because those pilgrims who seek God often discover that God already walks with them on the journey of life.
At an Australian Labyrinth Network Gathering I was blessed to join a group of people to learn how to paint a seven circuit Petite Chartres labyrinth. Labyrinth creator Lisa Gidlow Moriarty from Stillwater Minnesota was our teacher. It took an evening and a day to pencil the design on the canvas, put down the paint tape along the pencil marks, and then carefully paint the fields, centre and outside lunations. It was an inspiring creative time to join others in community to paint this beautiful canvas labyrinth.
Today I had the wonderful experience of introducing the labyrinth to 4 year old children at my college's early learning centre. In consultation with their teacher we asked the kids to walk the labyrinth in pairs holding hands. The children were getting used to working this way in their kindy routines so it was a perfect way to have them walk their first labyrinth. I prayed with them then guided them into the spiral labyrinth's entrance. It was fascinating to observe how they walked it. Some of them walked along the line rather than in the middle of the path. Some got lost along the way to the centre. In the centre I asked each of the children to take three deep breaths before they started to walk back out. Some children rushed back out of the labyrinth. Some swapped turns of who led the way and who followed. Some walked side by side rather than in front and behind. All of the children walked the labyrinth quietly in appreciative silence. It was beautiful to watch their minds and bodies encounter the labyrinth for the first time and for them to do so companied with another child, hand in hand.
I recently made some temporary labyrinths on a Year 7 Camp. It was the first time I had made an indoor labyrinth and it was very easy to do. So easy, that with the right equipment, I used up 150 metres of masking tape!
On the first night of the camp we had 60 girls spending sometime in reflection and journalling followed by the labyrinth walk. We were in a carpeted dining room and because of the number of girls I made three labyrinths of masking tape on the carpet. To do this I had to purchase a particular style of packing tape dispenser from Officeworks which I could modify. What I did was take off the short plastic handle from the metal base plate and screw it to a longer wooden handle at the right angle for me to walk with it to roll the sticky side of the tape on the floor.
The labyrinth pattern that I followed from the centre out was a six ringed spiral which was then adjusted to provide an entrance, a parallel short path and two 180 degree turns. The labyrinth was easy to make with the right equipment and a hand drawn pattern to follow. On the second night when it was the boys turn to walk them, it was a delight to see some of the Year 7 boys kneeling in the centre praying. What a witness to the other students who were new to our school!
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"Meditations & Musings" is my humble attempt to share what I have found useful in ministry in an Australian Lutheran School setting. It contains chapels, devotions and other resources I have written, used and adapted in my K-12 school context. If you would like to also share your ideas, resources or start a conversation about mission and ministry in your church- school location, feel free to contact me.
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