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Labyrinth leads to Lent

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There’s only one way in and out of a new feature outside Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave.

A labyrinth for spiritual reflection was drawn for worshippers to take a 15- to 20-minute journey to focus on God.

Janet Webb, education director for the church, got the idea from her daughter Emily, 11, who suggested mowing a labyrinth in their grass at home.

The idea coincided with the church’s Sunday school curriculum that offered a finger labyrinth for children.

Webb worked with Paul Wessel, a church volunteer, to draw and design a labyrinth on the pavement for people to use during the 40 days of Lent.

“It’s a pattern used to reflect on faith and life and a time to slow down,” Webb said.
The labyrinth’s design is based on one in a Chartres, France, cathedral.

Limited space at the church led Wessel to design it with nine rows instead of 11.

Oftentimes labyrinths are confused with mazes, but labyrinths have only one path and a center purposefully used for meditation.

“It’s a time for reflection and going inward for what needs to change for ourselves and in the church,” Webb said.

“It’s the beginning transformation of that all.”

The labyrinth is available during church hours from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

A spiritual director will be on hand for discussion and prayer from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday.

Pamphlets on Lent and labyrinths are available in the foyer.

A meditation group meets 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month with Saturday, March 13, being an introduction to the labyrinth and meditation.

A Lenten soup and bread supper is at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, followed by a 6:45 p.m. worship service.

The church can be reached at 681-0946, dvlcoffice@gmail.com or www.dvelca.org.

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