Monday, August 15, 2011

    Create Your Own Outdoor Labyrinth

    Walking a labyrinth can be a great opportunity for helping your youth focus on the journey of faith.

    With most of us getting ready to kick-off a new school year in our youth ministries, why not spend some time with your youth focusing on the journey of faith -- both the journey of the past and the journey you are about to make together into the future?  The labyrinth is an ancient Christian spiritual tool for aiding individuals in meditation and prayer.  In many ways, it symbolizes the walk of the journey of faith.  We enter a labyrinth with a prayer or question offered up to God. The journey into and out of the labyrinth provides time to offer thanks for those who have walked with us on the journey of faith thus far and to seek guidance from God's Spirit for the journey ahead.

    If you aren't lucky enough to serve a church that already has a labyrinth, it's pretty easy to make one of your own. Labyrinths can be painted onto canvas or taped out on a floor with masking tape. But one of the easiest methods is simply creating an outdoor labyrinth using a few stakes, a piece of rope, and some biodegradable spray paint.  You can see in the images below the outdoor labyrinth we created at camp a few weeks ago.  It took about 30 minutes to finish.  The full directions can be found here.  Ideas for how to use a labyrinth with your youth are here and here.


    3 comments:

    Josh Linton said...

    Been following for a bit. Thanks for all the helpful posts. You've got some good stuff on here.

    The MacCrucians said...

    I like the idea of active contemplation, but instead of a sedate labyrinth, how about a Geo-caching-like prayer/contemplation/issues scavenger hunt? Would be more appealing to the teen brain and sense of adventure. Plus, as we all know, they love to go places.

    neil said...

    I like the idea of active contemplation, but instead of a sedate labyrinth, how about a Geo-caching-like prayer/contemplation/issues scavenger hunt? Would be more appealing to the teen brain and sense of adventure. Plus, as we all know, they love to go places.